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Get serious on tackling terror, India tells Pakistan

delhi Updated: Jul 09, 2012 00:44 IST
Jayanth Jacob
Jayanth Jacob
Hindustan Times
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External affairs minister SM Krishna met his Pakistani counterpart Hina Rabbani Khar in Tokyo on Sunday and urged Islamabad to take measures that would demonstrate seriousness in addressing Indian concerns over terrorism.

Picking up from the secretary-level talks in New Delhi on July 4-5, Krishna said Pakistan should rein in the continued anti-India propaganda by the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) founder Hafiz Saeed and investigate leads provided by India on the 26/11 Mumbai attacks case.

The leads are based on information shared by Abu Jundal, the LeT operative who was among those who handled the carnage in 2008 and is currently in police custody in Delhi, official sources said.

At the foreign secretary-level talks, Pakistan called for more tangible evidence from India and cited several reasons to explain why the probe into terror cases was slow at their end.

“We have shared ample evidence on anti-India activities in Pakistan and Islamabad should act on them,” said an official.

The two ministers met on the sidelines of an international conference on Afghanistan in Tokyo. During his visit to India in April this year, Pakistani president Asif Ali Zardari had invited PM Manmohan Singh to his country.

India, however, maintains that progress on the issue of terrorism is necessary for the Prime Minister's visit. And resolution of the easiest among the contentious issues, the disputed Sir Creek marshlands, alone wouldn't suffice.

Sir Creek is a 96-km disputed territory between India and Pakistan in the Rann of Kutch marshlands, which opens up into the Arabian Sea.

Islamabad is also making a strong pitch for resolution of the Siachen issue, which is of greater domestic significance to Pakistan. Though Pakistan is keen on seeing the Siachen region demilitarised, the Kargil war is still fresh in India's mind.

With no significant reduction of the trust deficit between the two countries, India is not keen on conceding on an issue that has immense strategic importance for New Delhi.

It has ruled out any "trading-off" between the Siachen and Sir Creek issues, stating that each of them has to be seen on "its own merit".