Hours before Singh-Gilani meet, Pak sends mixed signals
As PM Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani prepared to meet at the Egyptian city of Sharm el-Sheikh to discuss terrorism, the signals from Pakistan suggested it was confused over the attitude to take. India has demanded a "visual response" and undertaking from Pakistan on bringing the perpetrators of Mumbai terror attacks to justice, reports Shekhar Iyer.india Updated: Jul 15, 2009 02:57 IST
As Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani prepared to meet at the Egyptian city of Sharm el-Sheikh to discuss terrorism, the signals from Pakistan suggested it was confused over the attitude to take.
On Tuesday, Pakistan’s Punjab government decided to withdraw an appeal in the Supreme Court against a June 2 court order freeing Lashkar-e-Tayyeba chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed from detention. Saeed is believed to be one of the masterminds behind the Mumbai attack on November 26 last year, and had been detained soon afterwards.
The second appeal against the release, filed by Pakistani federal government, however, remains.
Foreign Secretary Shivshanker Menon will meet his counterpart Salman Bashir on Tuesday night to prepare the ground for the prime ministers’ meeting on Thursday at the Hotel Maritim Jolie Ville Golf Resort in Sharm el-Sheikh at 1 pm.
Government sources believe that some kind of a new dialogue between the two countries will begin, but there will be no resumption of the eight-point composite talks’ process that existed before the 26/11 Mumbai terror strikes.
“We would like some visible response from Pakistan,” External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna told reporters. “I think Pakistan should give an undertaking that they will not let their soil be used for terrorist activities against India.”
Will India be satisfied if Pakistan says it will put those accused of masterminding the 26/11 attack on trial? “They (the Pakistanis) know what we mean when we say the perpetrators must be brought to justice and the terror infrastructure must be pulled down,” a key Indian official said.
Officials remained tightlipped about the fresh dossier on the Mumbai terror attack that Islamabad handed over to New Delhi last Saturday. It identifies 12 new suspects and provides an update on Pakistan’s investigations into the attack. (With inputs from Kamal Siddiqi, Karachi and agencies)