India on Tuesday called on Pakistan to bring the 26/11 Mumbai attackers to justice and address its concerns on terrorism.
Though New Delhi has welcomed Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s publicly articulated commitment “to seek a relationship with India that is defined by peace, friendship and cooperation”, external affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said “unprovoked incidents on the LoC naturally have consequences for bilateral relations” and listed out measures the neighbour should take in addressing Indian concerns.
The poll-bound UPA with a diminished political capital to expend on talks is also in a watchful mode as to how the situation unfolds in the coming days.
“Upholding the sanctity of the LoC is important for both countries,” Akbaruddin said.
He reiterated the government’s longstanding demands that Pakistan should stop using its territory and PoK (Pakistan-occupied Kashmir) from being used for attacks on India. He also demanded that Hafiz Saeed, founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba, who India suspects is the mastermind of the 26/11 attack to be brought to justice
He, however, remained guarded on whether the meeting between PM Manmohan Singh and Sharif would be held in New York.
He said the meeting, scheduled to be held in September on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, was “quite a distance away”.