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MK springs no surprise

A leading daily in Pakistan says that there is hardly any reason to get carried away by Mr Narayanan's statement on Mumbai train blasts.

india Updated: Oct 24, 2006 20:06 IST

While most newspapers in Pakistan have condemned and criticised Indian National Security Adviser MK Narayanan's statement about the ISI's role in the Mumbai train blasts, The Nation has in an editorial said that there is nothing surprising about it.

Quoting Narayanan's statement given in an interview with private news channel CNN-IBN on Sunday, the paper said, "There is hardly any reason to get carried away by Mr Narayanan's statement especially when he indicated that the evidence would most likely be presented to Pakistan during the mid-November talks between the foreign secretaries of the two nuclear armed states".

Reacting to Narayanan's statement that the Indian government did not have "clinching evidence" of ISI's role in the blasts, it said these words vindicated Islamabad's stance that it was being "wrongly blamed for sponsoring terrorism on its soil".

The editorial said that Pakistan was not surprised to see "Narayanan hinting at doing away with the recently agreed joint mechanism against terrorism".

It went on to express "distress" over US' reluctance to mediate in the blame-game over terrorism between India and Pakistan.

"According to Mr Nicholas Burns, the US did not want to be drawn into the war of words between India and Pakistan over the Mumbai blasts because it had friendly relations with both.

This shows that the Bush administration operates on the basis of expediency, not of principles," said the paper.

On Sunday, Narayanan had said in an interview that the evidence of Pakistan's intelligence role in the July 11 Mumbai serial blasts was not clinching, but 'pretty good enough".

"I would be hesitant to say that we have clinching evidence. We have pretty good evidence (of Pakistan's role in the Mumbai serial blasts)," he had said. 

Narayanan further said that the evidences collected by investigative agencies might face difficulty in nailing Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence's (ISI) role in any court of law.

"If the court thinks that it requires a foolproof picture, maybe it will be difficult," he said, admitting that there were certain aspects that are missing till date.

"We have connectivity, we have linkages, we have confessions, we have a number of arrests made on the basis of confessions which is pretty good. But there are pieces of the puzzle which are not available," Narayanan added.

He had further said that India would share intelligence with Pakistan under the joint anti-terror mechanism only if New Delhi sees a 'great deal' of cooperation from the neighbouring country.

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