Islamabad, March 6: 26/11 Mumbai terror attack was a handiwork of Pakistan based terror group, said Pakistan's former National Security Advisor, General Mahmud Ali Durrani. Speaking at the 19th Asian Security Conference in New Delhi today, he termed the terror attack as a classic trans-border terrorist event.Durrani emphasised that nations must agree on a common denominator to jointly fight terrorism. He stressed that neither the Pakistan government nor the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) were aware about the terror plot hatched on its soil. He also said that the mastermind of the attack, Lashkar-e-Taiba chief, Hafiz Saeed has "no utility for Pakistan and strong action must be taken" against him.
Durrani was Pakistan's NSA when 10 terrorists, who arrived via sea route, launched coordinated attacks across Mumbai on November 26, 2008. The attacks killed 166 people, including 18 security personnel and a few foreigners. Ajmal Kasab, the lone terrorist who was caught alive by the security forces was hanged in November, 2012 after a trial.
Speaking on the occasion, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar also stressed that developing a co-ordinated global response is important to tackle terrorism. He said, the menace is undoubtedly the single biggest threat to international peace and security.
In his address, Afghan National Security Adviser Mohammad Hanif Atmar said, despite international investment in counter terrorism, terrorism is growing its capabilities and presence in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region. He said, India and Afghanistan share the region with Pakistan, which has the highest concentration of terrorists anywhere.
Meanwhile, Asian Security Conference has emerged as an important platform for debating issues relating to Asian security. For the last ten years, the ASC has been providing a forum for security analysts, practitioners and policy makers from around the world to share their views on the challenges facing the Asian continent.