New Delhi, May 12: Soon after ouster Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s interview to Dawn had the politician admit that it was Pakistan-based terror outfits which were responsible for the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, there were reactions from across the nation. The Congress said it was a litmus test for the Centre. Party spokesperson RS Surjewala told ANI, “Modi ji, this is a litmus test for you. Please ensure that Pakistan is declared a terrorist state by the entire international community and sanctions imposed upon it for aiding and abetting terrorism from its soil.”

Challenging Modi to ensure justice for the victims of the 26/11 terror attack, he said, “Please ensure that those guilty of killing 166 Indians in Mumbai 26/11 attack are brought to book and hanged for acts of terror that they’ve committed or are handed over to India so that, like the Congress government hanged Kasab after a trial, they’re also punished in a similar fashion.”

Voicing the Government’s stand, Minister of State for Home Affairs, Hansraj Ahir said, “We always maintained that Pakistan is behind terror attacks here. We weren’t waiting for their former PM’s confession. We hope their current government understands that we’re ready to step forward to combat terrorism.”

Meanwhile, Ujjwal Nikam, the high-profile public prosecutor who argued on behalf of the State during the 26/11 attack trial in India, said Sharif’s statement was very important for the Centre as it proved that as then Pakistan Prime Minister, he was aware of the 26/11 attack but still didn’t try to end its trial. “This proves that the Pakistan government is a puppet at the hand of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and Pakistan Army. That is why, when Sharif was the Prime Minister, he never admitted the attack because he was afraid of them.