10 years since the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, India and the US officials are finally engaged in talks about the extradition of those involved in the attacks, under the provisions of Indo-US extradition treaty of 1997 – as notified by V K Singh, the Minister of State for External Affairs.
In 2008, 10 members of Lashkar-e-Taiba carried out a series of 12 coordinated shooting and bombing attacks lasting four days across Mumbai – from 26 November to 29 November 2018. The attack killed over 166 people including 28 foreigners from 10 nations, and allegedly involved Pakistani-American national David Headley – who is one of the main accused and is serving a 35-year-old imprisonment in the US. In 2016, David Headley, had appeared before a Mumbai court via a video conference in which he explained how the Pakistan-based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba used him to plot a terror attack in India’s financial capital Mumbai.
Another accused involved in the case named Tahawwur Hussain Rana, along with David Headley, as convicted in the U.S. in 2013 and was ordered a 14-year prison term. Serving his sentence at the San Pedro, California Federal Correctional Institution, he is due to be released on Dec 28, 2021, after serving nine years – approximately 60 percent of his sentence. Since all these years, NIA has been pressing for extradition of those involved in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks including Headley and Rana. Pakistan was called upon by both the sides during the India-US 2+2 ministerial dialogue on September 6, 2018.
The US has been expressing its commitment towards working with its international partners to bring to justice those responsible for the Mumbai attack. After about over 60 years of wait, India and the US officials are finally engaged in talks about the extradition of those involved in the attacks, under the provisions of Indo-US extradition treaty of 1997; and those involved in the matter might be brought down to India again. Talking about the new advancement in extradition of conspirators for ‘Mumbai Attacks of 26/11’, Singh further said that from December 13-15, 2018, a team from the National Investigation Agency visited the US for discussions on the same.