India wants Pakistan to do more on the issue of terrorism, but maintained that the dialogue process between the two countries is not being held hostage to lack any major progress on bringing the Mumbai terror attackers to justice, SM Krishna said ahead of the foreign secretary level talks between the two countries.
"We want Pakistan to do more on terrorism, and take action against conspirators of Mumbai attackers and bring them to justice… We have given enough evidence in the forms of dossiers to Pakistan to bring them including Hafiz Saeed to justice…… But, this issue is not holding the dialogue process to ransom," Krishna said on his way back from a visit to Tajikistan.
Foreign secretary Ranjan Mathai and his Pakistan counterpart Jalil Abbas Jilani will begin their talks on peace and decurity including confidence building measures, Jammu and Kashmir and friendly exchanges.
Both the officials will also prepare the grounds for the meeting of the two foreign ministers to review the dialogue process.
The talks are being held at a time when the atmosphere is surcharged with the 26/11 handler Abu Jundal hinting at the involvement of state agencies in the Mumbai carnage.
However, both countries seem to be keen on keeping the talks on track, not letting progress (or lack of) on addressing the issue of terrorism hijacking the dialogue process.
Krishna said Pakistan has to act firmly and decisively on the issue of terrorism.
He also noted that the acrimony that marked the India-Pakistan ties is no longer there when asked whether the recent dialogue process has succeeded in addressing the issue of trust deficit.
Addressing the post-Mumbai trust deficit was the main objective of the dialogue process set in motion at the behest of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his then counterpart Yusuf Raza Gilani.
He also recalled Prime Minister Manmohan Singh time and again talking about the need to live with the neighbours.
"Pakistan is our neighbour. We have to live with our neighbour. Then why don't we try to be good neighbours. We wish to have good neighbourly relationship with Pakistan," the minister said.