Finally, some good news.

Posted on February 12, 2009. Filed under: Public Square |

Heartening news from Pakistan today.

After weeks of denials, foot-dragging and obfuscation, accusing India of jumping the gun and blaming everyone from Bangladesh to ‘a European country,’ Pakistan says it arrests Mumbai attack plotters | Reuters.

The Pakistani government said on Thursday for the first time that last November’s attack on Mumbai was launched and partly planned from Pakistan, and it was holding in custody a ringleader and five other suspects.

“Some part of the conspiracy has taken place in Pakistan,” Rehman Malik, adviser to the prime minister on the interior, told a news conference remarkable for the extent to which it acknowledged Pakistani involvement.

This is a much bigger deal than the media here in the West are making of it. It’s similar to what happened after 9/11, except the mastermind in this case is now in custody! While Lashkar-e-Toiba’s Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi is no Bin Laden, he’s still one of the men who has caused innumerable deaths and spread a great amount of terror worldwide.

It’s good to see a somewhat frank acknowledgment from the Pakistani government, and now the neighbours will have to work together to ensure that the charges stick and we’re able to prosecute the hell out of these people. And once that’s done, there’s the issue of actually stamping out terror in Pakistan, something that would benefit everyone on this planet.

India, for its part, has termed Pakistan’s admission a “positive development.”

India welcomed Pakistan’s admission on Thursday that the Mumbai attacks were planned partly in Pakistan, but said Islamabad must now dismantle the ‘infrastructure of terrorism’ on its soil.

New Delhi has blamed last November’s attacks, which killed 165 people, on the Pakistan-based militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), and last month handed over information which Islamabad had used to investigate the assault.

“It remains India’s goal to bring the perpetrators of the terrorist attacks on Mumbai to book, and to follow this process through to the end,” the foreign ministry statement said.

Here’s hoping things actually get done this time around.


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