Why India didn’t attack Pakistan after 26/11 Mumbai attacks
An insider account by the former foreign secretary on the restraints shown by the UPA government towards Pakistan after the terror attacks
I am often asked, “Why did India not attack Pakistan after the 26/11 attack on Mumbai?" Why did India not use overt force against Pakistan for its support of terrorism? I myself pressed at that time for immediate visible retaliation of some sort, either against the LeT in Muridke, in Pakistan’s Punjab province, or their camps in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, or against the ISI, which was clearly complicit. To have done so would have been emotionally satisfying and gone some way toward erasing the shame of the incompetence that India’s police and security agencies displayed in the glare of the world’s television lights for three full days.