Toll crosses 200 making 11/7 the world’s worst transit terror incident, but the city moves on, hopping on to the same locals
AFTER SERIAL bomb blasts killed around 200 people in Mumbai, India has decided to do a "rethink" on new initiatives for confidence-building measures in the composite dialogue process with Pakistan.
Without elaborating or putting the blame on Pakistan, official sources said the dialogue process with Pakistan was likely to slow down. No dates will be announced in the immediate future for the review of the third round of the composite dialogue process by the Indian and Pakistani foreign secretaries. The review talks were tentatively scheduled for next week.
Furious at attempts by Pak Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri to link the lack of resolution on the Kashmir dispute to the terrorist attacks, officials on Wednesday urged Pakistan to take "urgent steps" to dismantle the infrastructure of terrorism in areas under its control.
"It's Pakistan which is making these linkages, not India," said a senior official. "The statement of January 6, 2004 (in which Pakistan committed itself to not allowing the use of any of its territory for terrorist attacks against India) was not a conditional one. India doesn't agree that there can be a quid pro quo to reduce terrorist attacks."
Kasuri's remarks at the Carnegie Endowment in Washington linking "conflict resolution" in J&K with reducing terrorist attacks in the region were the "clearest affirmation" that Islamabad was still favourably inclined towards the use of terrorism as an instrument of state policy, said the official.
MEA spokesman Navtej Sarna said, "We find it appalling that Foreign Minister Kasuri should seek to link the blatant and inhuman act of terrorism against innocent men, women and children to so-called lack of resolution of disputes between India and Pakistan."
Kasuri's remarks "appeared to suggest that Pakistan will cooperate with India against the scourge of cross-border terrorism only if so-called disputes are resolved," said Sarna.