Following confessions by arrested militant Abu Jundal that hint at the possibility of Pakistani state actors' involvement in the Mumbai terror strikes, India has asked its neighbour to show greater commitment in bringing the attackers to justice and addressing the issue of terrorism.
While both the sides seemed keen to continue with the talks, they are yet to arrive at an agreement on core issues — something that would infuse momentum in the dialogue process and pave the way for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to visit Pakistan. While terrorism remains the core issue for India, Pakistan would like to get a concession from India on the issue of Siachen and Jammu & Kashmir.
The discussions between foreign secretary Ranjan Mathai and his Pakistan counterpart, Jalil Abbas Jilani, will conclude with a press interaction and joint statement on Thursday.
The foreign secretaries, who discussed issues such as peace, security, terrorism and the Kashmir problem, will take up the topic of friendly exchanges on Thursday. "The discussions are freewheeling, and they are still on," said an official.
The issue of terrorism and the 26/11 case came up for detailed discussion during the talks, with New Delhi insisting that Pakistan do more to bring the conspirators to justice.
However, India maintains that failure on the part of its neighbour to curb terrorism need not affect the talks.
"We want Pakistan to do more on terrorism and take action against conspirators of Mumbai attackers and bring them to justice… We have given enough evidence in the forms of dossiers to Pakistan… But this issue is not holding the dialogue process to ransom," external affairs minister SM Krishna has said.
"It is no longer possible to deny that though the incident happened in Mumbai, there was a control room in Pakistan before and during the incident. Without state support, the control room could not have been established," home minister P Chidambaram said on Wednesday.
"After Abu Jundal's interrogation, it was clear that there were state actors…" Chidambaram said.
Also, Jundal was found to possess a fake Pakistani passport.