Pak must come good on its word, foreign secy-level talks postponed
PRIME MINISTER Manmohan Singh has said that it was impossible for terrorists to execute Tuesday's serial train blasts in Mumbai without support, instigation and inspiration from elements across the border.
He was addressing the media at the city airport on Friday, after visiting blast victims undergoing treatment.
Asked if the serial blasts would stall Indo-Pak confidence building measures, the PM said he believed that the destiny of South Asian countries was interlinked and it was explained to Pakistan at the highest level that it was exceedingly difficult to carry on the peace process if acts of terrorism continued.
Later in the day, sources said India would not go ahead with foreign-secretary-level talks with Pakistan that were expected next week.
About Pakistan's role in cross-border terrorism, Singh said it had assured in 2004 that terrorists would not be allowed to use its land. "That assurance has to be fulfilled," he said. The PM said India had used all possible avenues in world fora to convey how it had suffered brutal terrorism in the past 15-16 years. "There's more awareness than before that terrorism is a global phenomenon," he said.
"We must recognise that terrorists are trying to spread their tentacles across the country. Terror modules exist in Mumbai and in many other parts of the country. We've credible information to this effect."
He denied the Mumbai blasts were a case of intelligence failure. "Adequate information was given to the state and authorities about the possible terrorist acts," he said. But the terrorists succeeded because they had the advantage of surprise. "At the macro level, we had a lot of information but at the micro level, no specific information was available."
He said there was an urgent need for India to upgrade its information network. "The Mumbai Police have responded fast to the situation; there's need to improve ground-level intelligence," he said.
Pakistan rejected Singh's statement that the Mumbai train bombers had support from across the border. "These allegations are unsubstantiated; we've already rejected them," foreign office spokeswoman Tasnim Aslam said in Islamabad.