Voicing concern over Pakistan's inaction against perpetrators of the Mumbai attacks, including Hafiz Saeed, India on Tuesday warned that its restraint should not be confused with weakness and said it was “very, very difficult” to resume the composite dialogue at present.
“... please realise that there are groups in Pakistan that continue to follow an agenda of violence, of hatred,” Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao said at the Woodrow Wilson Centre in response to a question from a Lahore-based Pakistani national who asked why India was refusing to restart the composite dialogue with Pakistan, which itself was a victim of terrorism.
“I did not want to bring the name of Hafiz Saeed and Jamaat-ud-Dawah and the LeT ... we feel [they] continue to roam, to speak, to be allowed unhindered access to media, to channels to communicate that agenda [of violence]… that effects us, our people are concerned about it,” Ms. Rao said.
'We’ve suffered for long’
The general feeling in India right now is: “We have suffered too much for too long,” she said.
“It is very, very difficult to be convinced in such a situation that we should set aside these concerns and just move on. And that is why, I said when you talk of resuming composite dialogue [it] becomes very, very difficult to do that in the current situation,” Ms. Rao said.
At the same time, she said the door for talks with Pakistan had never been shut.
Speaking at the seventh meeting of the U.S.-India high-technology cooperation group here, Ms. Rao asked the U.S. to further streamline its rigid export controls, saying that barriers continued to hamper transfer of high technology.
Ms. Rao spoke of India's keenness that Washington further streamline its export controls, as U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce Kevin Wolf gave an update on export control issues affecting U.S.-India trade.
Besides key officials, the group meeting was attended by major business leaders of the two countries