Washington: Accepting that India was also a ‘victim’ of terrorism, US said it was committed to bring the perpetrators of 2008 terror strikes to justice and asked other countries to do the same. The statement came ahead of the Chicago trial of Mumbai attack accused.

Talking about other countries, US had an apparent reference to Pakistan.

According to a newspaper, the discovery that Osama bin Laden spent years in a compound surrounded by military facilities in Abbottabad reinforced the accusations that Pakistan's powerful spy agency ISI was involved in the 26/11 attack which killed 166 people.

A key US lawmaker Mike Rogers said the Pakistan-based Haqqani network may have had ‘Logistical role’ behind bombing incidents in India.
Rogers is the Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on
Intelligence.

State Department spokesman Mark Toner said, "We are committed to bring the perpetrators of the Mumbai attacks to justice. We call on other countries to do the same."

"Our message is that we sympathise with India, which has also been the victims of terrorism" Toner said at his daily news conference.

The newspaper while taking note of the start of one of the most significant terrorism trials in US on May 16 involving Pakistan-Canadian Tahawwur Rana, observed that the day will mark "the first public airing of the ISI's alleged involvement in the Mumbai attacks."

Rana, a co-accused along with Pakistani-American David Headley in Mumbai attack, is the owner of a Chicago immigration consulting firm. He was arrested in 2009 and charged with providing material support in the attacks in which four suspects were indicted last week.
   
While the Obama Administration has publicly refrained from making any comments on the alleged role of Pakistan's ISI in the Mumbai attack, its latest indictment filed in the Chicago court, even names a suspect ‘Major Iqbal’, whose affiliation to the spy agency has been detailed in US and Indian case files.

"The on-going Chicago trial on 26/11 will throw fresh light on the ISI's role in the Mumbai terrorist attack" investigative journalist Sebastian Rotella said in his latest articles.

Observing that ISI has long been suspected of secretly aiding terrorist groups while serving as a US ally in the fight against terrorism, the news daily said the discovery of bin Laden spending years in a fortress-like compound surrounded by military facilities in Abbottabad has heightened those suspicions and reinforced the accusations that ISI was involved in the 26/11 attack.

"The star witness will be David Coleman Headley, a Pakistani-American businessman-turned-militant who has pleaded guilty to scouting targets in India and Denmark. Rana allegedly helped Headley use his firm as a cover for reconnaissance" it added.

(Agencies)