Mumbai: When the Mumbai was under attack on November 26, 2008, India’s Home Affairs Ministry delegation was enjoying the hospitality of the Pakistan. On November 26 a delegation headed by then Union Home Secretary Madhukar Gupta went to Islamabad for home secretary level talks with his counterpart as part of the bilateral composite dialogue process while Country’s financial capital Mumbai was attacked by terrorists from across the border.
The talks were held on November 25, 2008. Gupta also wanted to meet Pakistan’s interior minister but was told that he was out of town and a meeting would be possible only on November 26. Thus, the trip was extended by a day. After Gupta’s meeting, the Pakistanis took the delegation to Murree in the evening where they learnt about the attack.
Former Intelligence Bureau special director Rajinder Kumar, who was part of the delegation, said it was quite possible that Pakistani did it deliberately. “In hindsight, I can say it is quite possible,” said Kumar.
According to Gupta, the bigger issue here is Pakistan’s duplicity. “The attack happened when an Indian delegation on their soil was trying to normalise relations between the two countries,” he said, adding that he received and made many calls from Murree after learning about the terror strike. The delegation returned to India on November 27.