Former Pakistan National Security Adviser Mahmud Ali Durrani on Saturday suggested fielding a joint Indo-Pak team to probe Mumbai terror attack and expanding the Joint Anti-Terrorism Mechanism by including spy masters from both sides to reduce mistrust accentuated by the 26/11 strike.
"It seems the Mumbai investigation is being conducted through the media. I do not understand why India and Pakistan are unable to field a joint investigation team. At some point in time we have to move beyond our mistrust. And that time is now," Durrai said delivering the first RK Mishra Memorial Lecture on the occasion of 20th Foundation Day of Observer Research Foundation (ORF) in New Delhi.
Durrani said terrorism, religious bigotry, intolerance and a warped sense of nationalism were the numerous facets of threat to the secular credentials enunciated by founding fathers of the two countries.
"Terrorism is the most serious threat to our national security and we need to fight this menace jointly. Unfortunately, the JTM has not achieved much. There is an urgent need to expand the JTM to include senior representatives of security and intelligence agencies," he said.
"...Removing or at least reducing the mistrust between our people, our establishments, our media, and above all our security agencies is essential. This mistrust is historical and accentuated by recent events like the Mumbai carnage. Killing of innocent people, whatever the cause, is abhorrent," he said.