India is not buying Pakistan’s protestations of innocence about knowledge of terrorist elements on its soil, and professed itself “disappointed” with Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf’s need for “proof” to act against terror infrastructure that is “intact” in Pakistan and PoK.
Senior officials said the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), responsible for over 80 per cent of terrorist acts against India, was “a creature of the ISI”, which in turn is a “part of the Pakistan establishment.” To suggest that the Pakistan government is unaware of or “cannot control this” is “specious,” a senior official said.
Detailed evidence against terrorists involved in acts of terror against India, including Dawood Ibrahim, have been provided to Islamabad, but there has been no action or even co-operation, officials said.
“What proof was there against those involved in the 9/11, beyond sketchy connections,” an official asked. “See how soon that was acted upon,” he said. But Pakistan and some key interlocutors, like the US, would be provided “proof” of Pakistan’s links with the July 11 Mumbai serial blasts.
Critical of Musharraf’s offer to assist in the probe against those responsible for the Mumbai outrage only if proof was provided, India on Friday asked Islamabad, as a first gesture, to hand over Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin and Dawood Ibrahim, ministry of external affairs spokesman Navtej Sarna said.
Pakistan needed to act on promises made earlier not to allow territory under its control for any terrorist activities against India, he said, urging Islamabad to ban Jamaat-ud-Dawa, the political wing of the LeT, and arrest its leaders, instead of merely keeping “close watch” on them.
India was committed to peace and the bilateral dialogue process, Sarna said, but it could “be sustained and yield results only if Pakistan acts against terrorist groups operating from its territory and PoK in accordance with its solemn commitment of January 6, 2004.” “We have never said the peace process is off,” a senior official said.
“We have not given the dates for the review of the round three of the composite dialogue because of the prevailing circumstances,” the official said.
“If they (Pakistan) really want to convince people of India that they are willing to work together with India against terrorism, they have to take immediate action and they can,” Sarna said reacting to Musharraf's address on Thursday. “Dawood Ibrahim should be arrested and deported to India,” Sarna said.