Islamabad does not acknowledge its nationals are sent across the border to create terror in India. But India is hoping that at least their families in Pakistan might.
The Ministry of Home Affairs is mulling over plan to directly approach the Pakistani people with a list of men in Indian jails on terror charges to enable their families come forward to identify them and seek their release.
Sixty Pakistani nationals were killed in encounters with security forces in and outside Jammu and Kashmir last year.
Another ten —prisoners of the proxy war that elements in Pakistan control — were arrested and jailed.
“We are thinking of placing advertisements in the Pakistani media declaring the list of people we know are Pakistani nationals, along with their photograph who have been charged with terrorism in Indian jails,” a home ministry official said.
“We would expect that their families would own their kin and seek consular access,” the official said.
The home ministry is expected to take a decision on the proposal soon in consultation with the foreign ministry.
Security officials point that pressure started building up on Pakistan to own up Kasab after the media tracked down his family, which first acknowledged the man who symbolised the Mumbai terror attacks as their own.
The official acknowledgement of his nationality came much later, particularly with the US upping the pressure on Islamabad.
Union Home Minister P Chidambaram, who took charge of the security establishment after the terror attacks, made no secret of his disappointment with the lack of action by Pakistan vis-à-vis the terrorists during his visit to the US.
Chidambaram — who will return on Saturday– also pointed to Pakistani inaction against the terror suspects including LeT founder Hafeez Sayeed who “remains a free man”.