India ruled out resumption of talks with Pakistan until Islamabad takes substantial measures to prevent terrorism from targeting India.
“Not unless they (Pakistan) take concrete measures to prevent terrorist attacks emanating from the soil of Pakistan aimed against India,” Indian External Affairs Minister S. M. Krishna told reporters. He also told that the release of Jamaat-ud Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed by a court in Lahore showed that Pakistan is not serious about acting against terror.
India says Saeed was the mastermind behind the Mumbai attacks last November that killed over 170 people and injured over 300.
President Pratibha Patil said the reshaping of relations with Pakistan would depend on its “sincerity” in preventing terrorist groups from launching attacks against India. Meanwhile, Delhi Police have arrested an alleged Pakistani militant, Abdul Madni. The government says he has links to Saeed. Video of the suspect, shown surrounded by heavily armed police, was aired on Indian channels.
Earlier, at his weekly briefing in Islamabad, a Pakistan Foreign Office spokesman said that it was through dialogue that the two countries would understand each other and could get down to resolving the issues facing them. He also hoped the two countries would quickly move toward resuming dialogue, stalled in the wake of attacks on Mumbai.
There is a clear difference in both sided views although it was expected that like sporting ties the talks may be resumed. The reluctant behavior of India is still revolving around one point agenda. There is news that at Sir Creek within a week Indian navy has opened fire twice on fishermen. India is trying to build tension again by starting blame games. Ajmal kasab and than Abdul madni, what is next from the other side of the border?