New Delhi not satisfied with action taken by Islamabad to unravel conspiracy conceived on its soil
Ahead of a possible meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari here on Thursday, India has said the 26/11 Mumbai attacks and the Samjhauta Express blast are not comparable and New Delhi is still not satisfied with the action taken by Islamabad to unravel the conspiracy conceived on its soil.
“We have shown that what happened in Mumbai had connections in Pakistan with not just non-state actors but also the official hierarchy. We have managed to show what the problem was,” official sources said here.
“We have also shown willingness as Indian state to get to the bottom of this. We will go wherever the evidence leads us to.” The officials, speaking to the media ahead of two crucial Indo-Pak engagements in a fortnight — one likely between Dr. Singh and Mr. Zardari on the sidelines of the Non-Aligned Movement summit and the other between the two Foreign Ministers in Islamabad early next month — expressed disappointment at the slow pace of trials in Pakistan of those arrested for the Mumbai attacks as well as Islamabad’s failure to prosecute Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Saeed.
“They keep switching judges, they keep finding a reason. The people in jail are using mobile phones and are still running their networks. They [Pakistan government] can say what they like. We know and they know where the truth lies,” said the sources.
They took umbrage at the suggestion that the Samjhauta blast in India, which killed many Pakistani citizens, and the Mumbai attacks were comparable. Nor did they subscribe to Pakistan’s suggestion that it was also a victim of terrorism. “They would love to do that. There is a serious difference in how the Indian state reacts and how the Pakistani state fails to react. Frankly, if you have the will to prosecute, the evidence is there. I can’t answer for the Pakistani legal system but I find it incredible when people say there are two sides to the Mumbai attack,” said one of the sources.
While expressing annoyance at Islamabad’s handling the aftermath of the Mumbai attacks in terms of arraigning the masterminds, the sources did not subscribe to the notion that web uploads and SMS messages from Pakistan led to tensions, assault on and mass exodus of people from the northeast living in some south Indian cities. The answer lay, they said, in tightening cyberspace monitoring and vigil.
“Some stuff, about a quarter probably, was uploaded in Pakistan. This is not a state-to-state issue. This is in a domain where there is no sovereignty. We need to understand that we must do what we can under the law if they [the provocateurs] really cross the line,” said the sources.
But it is not as if the authorities are in the dark or helpless about the people who circulated grisly images, many of them morphed.
“We know some of the people. Also, we are trying to evolve a system because some of the images began trending a week before the exodus took place. At the same time, there are no 100 per cent answers to this,” said the sources.