Calling Islamabad’s response to its dossier a “positive development”, New Delhi has reiterated that it would follow the Mumbai attacks case till those responsible for it is brought to book.
“In their official response, the Pakistani authorities have admitted that elements in Pakistan were involved in the terrorist attacks on Mumbai. They are still in the process of investigating the attacks, and have taken certain actions including the arrest of some of those involved and filing a first information report. This is a positive development,” the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.
“Pakistan has also sought further information and material relating to the investigation. The Indian government will examine the issues raised in the response and we will share whatever we can with Pakistan,” it said.
National Security Advisor MK Narayanan told HT that he could comment only after going through the documents. “Let me see the full text of the response. Let them send something in writing. They have been saying different things at different times. We will wait for the documents,” he said.
Strategic affairs expert K. Subramanyam said since Islamabad had accepted that the conspiracy was hatched there they would have to answer where the militants were trained and who trained them? Lalit Mansingh, former foreign secretary and ambassador to the USA felt that the Indian dossier had such “convincing and credible evidence” that Pakistan was left with little choice but to agree.
“However, the important thing is that they have still not said whether Pakistan’s official agencies had a role to play and what action will they be taking against organisations like the Laskhar-e-Tayyeba. The role of official agencies and action against terrorist organisations needs to be followed up,” Mansingh said.