India on Thursday put on Pakistan the onus of unveiling the conspiracy behind the Mumbai attacks and ruled out meaningful dialogue till concrete action is taken against those responsible.
The firm message was sent out by External Affairs Minister S M Krishna ahead of his meeting with his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi in New York later this month on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.
On the eve of the ministerial meeting, Foreign Secretaries Nirupama Rao and Salman Bashir will meet to discuss the progress on investigation of the 26/11 attacks and prosecution of those arrested in connection with it.
"It is in our vital interest to normalise our relations with Pakistan. However, we are at a stage where it is for Pakistan to determine the kind of relationship that it wants to have with India," Krishna said while addressing the Editors Guild in New Delhi.
Talking about the Mumbai attacks, he said it was launched from Pakistan and the conspiracy was hatched there. "Clearly, the onus is on Pakistan to unveil the conspiracy," he said, adding India had sought to "assist" them in that task by providing vital evidence. =