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India disappointed with US State Dept for seeking immunity for ISI in 26/11 civil suit

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Dec 19, 2012 at 07:48pm IST

New Delhi: India has expressed its disappointment with the US over the State Department seeking immunity for Pakistan intelligence ISI in connection with a 26/11 trial in the country in strong words. A statement was released by India responding to the Statement of Interest filed by the US State Department on immunity for the ISI and two former DGs of the Pakistan intelligence group.

The Statement of Interest has been filed seeking the immunity from the civil suit on the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks filed by family members of the Americans killed in the attack.

Expressing its disappointment over the development, the statement said, "For India, it remains of vital importance that justice is done and that those who organized and perpetrated this horrible crime be brought to justice, irrespective of the jurisdiction under which they may reside or be operating. It cannot be that any organization, State or non-State, that sponsors terrorism enjoys immunity."

India disappointed with US for seeking immunity for ISI

A statement was released by India responding to the Statement of Interest filed by the US State Department.

Reminding the US of its commitment to fight against terrorism, India said, "From our perspective, this decision is a matter of deep and abiding concern. The leadership of the U.S. has publicly stated its commitment to counter terrorism, to dismantle terrorist infrastructure in Pakistan and to bring those responsible for the Mumbai terror attacks to justice. In this context the decision of the U.S. authorities in this case is a cause of serious disappointment."

India further said that its position on the issue had consistently been made known to the US. Here's the full statement:

RESPONSE ON STATEMENT OF INTEREST FILED BY U.S. STATE DEPT ON IMMUNITY FOR PAKISTAN'S ISI IN DISTRICT COURT OF NEW YORK

In response to a media query on the Statement of Interest filed by the U.S. State Department on immunity for the ISI and two former DGs of ISI in the Eastern District Court of New York, in the civil case of wrongful death filed by U.S. family members of victims of the Mumbai Terror Attacks, the Official Spokesperson stated:

We have noted that the US Department of State has taken the position in a US Court that the Pakistani ISI be accorded immunity from the civil suit on the Mumbai terrorist attack of November 26, 2008.

For India, it remains of vital importance that justice is done and that those who organized and perpetrated this horrible crime be brought to justice, irrespective of the jurisdiction under which they may reside or be operating. It cannot be that any organization, State or non-State, that sponsors terrorism enjoys immunity.

Our position has been made known to the United States consistently .

India is not a party to the civil suit filed in the Eastern District Court of New York. The details of what was conveyed to the Court by a sovereign Government are a matter for that Government to explain.

From our perspective, this decision is a matter of deep and abiding concern. The leadership of the U.S. has publicly stated its commitment to counter terrorism, to dismantle terrorist infrastructure in Pakistan and to bring those responsible for the Mumbai terror attacks to justice. In this context the decision of the U.S. authorities in this case is a cause of serious disappointment.

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