National Security Adviser MK Narayanan was contradicted for the second time in three days on Thursday. Home Minister P. Chidambaram made it clear India had not received any response or query from Pakistan on the dossier on the Mumbai attacks.
Chidambaram’s remarks come days after External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee asserted Islamabad had not sent any “official communication” to New Delhi.
The Prime Minister’s Office had claimed on Wednesday that the NSA had been quoted out of context.
“There is no confusion. Both the External Affairs Minister and I have said we have not received any response on the dossier given to Pakistan as yet,” Chidambaram said. He also clarified his earlier statement on the possibility of ties with Pakistan getting snapped in the absence of adequate measures to check cross-border terrorism, saying: “What I had said was there are many ties between India and Pakistan. If Pakistan does not respond, these may get weaker and may one day snap. It is a thought process, not a policy statement.”