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Pakistan is showing a heart-warming interest in telling India to guard its flanks. We wonder what this is about.

india Updated: Apr 18, 2012 20:29 IST

When you are pushed to the corner by your own folks and gasping for assistance, you will grasp at any straw, even that proffered by your enemy No 1 (perceived enemy No 1, in this case). This may sound strange to most of us but for Pakistan interior minister Rehman Mailk, it’s all kosher. In an interview to Hindustan Times on Wednesday, he cautioned India that it must watch out for a surge in terror activities because extremists from Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Area province, an area known to be politically restive, are planning to cross over to India. So the good minister, who obviously has credible information about these groups’ future plans, has asked New Delhi to shore up its defences, and even offered to help India in case these people trouble us. Maybe, Pakistan could seal its borders and stop such activity. But that may be too much to ask.

While this is very generous of the minister, his comment should give the Indian government enough courage to fish out that long-pending most-wanted list and present it to him once again. As they say, strike while the iron is hot. Also because Mr Malik known to change his mind before you can say Hafeez Saeed. Only last year, speaking to Express News in Islamabad, he said that Pakistan did take action against Saeed and others based on evidence provided by India but many of the Mumbai attack suspects were released because the information was “vague and insufficient”. So you never know when Mr Mailk will say that those trying to blow up various things in India are actually just a bunch of happy campers out for a jolly and a jaunt.

So do pardon us, but we would like to know why Mr Malik has had this sudden change of heart. Well, dear readers, read it with the recent visit of his boss, Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari, to India, with the Oxford-educated son in tow. The pressure is on the men who rule from Islamabad from their old friend and not so dependable ally, the US, could be part of it. As their ties loosen with Uncle Sam, they seem to need Uncle Singh. Even if that means accepting (in a roundabout way) that Pakistan was, is and probably will remain the home to the world’s main terror industry.