New Delhi: Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday said that the terror achieves no purpose and emphasised that friendly relations between India and Pakistan are the only way forward.
Unveiling a book by his former Cabinet colleague Manish Tewari “Fables of Fractured Times”, Singh said that although he was invited to launch the book, his thoughts were on the Mumbai attacks that took place 10 years ago.
“Our dear citizens were lost due to acts of grave terror. I can only hope that saner elements will prevail in India and Pakistan,” he said. He maintained that terror achieves no purpose and referred to the current state of affairs in Jammu and Kashmir as a result of the “strained relationship” between the countries, separated at birth.
He said that there is a great churning in international affairs, where changes are taking place at a rate that was “unthinkable” 10 years ago.
“Countries which once championed the cause of globalisation are now championing the cause of protectionism. Nobody could have imagined that Britain would walk away from the European Union,” he said.
He described Tewari’s book, a compendium of his published articles, as a versatile account of the domestic and international events.
Meanwhile, on the 10th anniversary of the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, India had slammed Pakistan for showing “little sincerity in bringing perpetrators to justice” and that the attackers “still roam the streets of Pakistan with impunity”.
The Trump administration on Monday announced a USD 5 million reward for information leading to the arrest or conviction in any country of any individual who committed, conspired, aided or abetted the Mumbai terror attack.
On November 26, 2008, 10 Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists had sailed into Mumbai from Karachi and carried out coordinated attacks, killing 166 and injuring over 300.
Nine of the attackers were killed by the police while lone survivor Ajmal Kasab was captured and hanged after he was sentenced to death.
The case, in which seven Lashkar-e-Taiba members were facing charges of planning and executing the strike, is still being dragged on in a Pakistani anti-terror court. India has been pressing Pakistan to expedite the trial.
(With agency inputs)