‘First sign of action on actionable intelligence’

The filing of the case under the Anti Terrorism Act has been interpreted by observers as a sign that the “actionable intelligence” given by India to Pakistan after the attack has begun to produce results.

Strict anti-terror law

“For some time we believed the leads provided by India were insufficient, but the application of the strict anti-terror law proves Pakistan has been able to move ahead on the leads it received from India or perhaps discovered on its own,” the former Pakistan High Commissioner to India, Ashraf Jahangir Qazi, told The Hindu .

The announcement came amid growing expectations that the Foreign Secretary-level talks, which were postponed after the attack, will be held soon.

‘Attack not an issue’

While both sides maintained that the officials concerned were in touch with each other and a date would be announced soon, Pakistan on Thursday said it was in favour of not making the attack into an issue during the talks, which should be held “as early as possible.”

Veteran diplomats in India have also called the filing of the case a positive step.

Speaking to The Hindu , veteran diplomat K.C. Singh said Pakistani action was the “first positive step in the right direction.”

War of words

Reacting to a comment by Pakistan on a number of issues, including the situation in Jammu and Kashmir and the ongoing student protests at the JNU, the government said that the developments in Jammu and Kashmir were “internal” to India. “Pakistan’s gratuitous references to Jammu and Kashmir are unacceptable”, said Vikas Swarup, spokesperson for the Ministry of External Affairs.