Probably for the first time, New Delhi has blamed Pakistan's ISI for the bombing of the Indian embassy in Kabul and the Mumbai terrorist attacks at an international forum.
“For India the most graphic recent instances (of international terrorism) were the bombing of our embassy in Kabul on July 7, 2008, and the Mumbai attacks of November 26, 2008. In each case the perpetrators planned, trained and launched their attacks from Pakistan, and the organisers were and remain clients and creations of the ISI,” said Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon, speaking at IFRI, Paris, on Wednesday.
“Two months after the Mumbai attacks, and one month after we presented a dossier of evidence linking the attacks to elements in Pakistan, we still await a response from the Pakistani authorities, and prevarication continues,” Menon said.
“We in India are next to the epicentre of international terrorism in Pakistan. We have directly suffered the consequences of linkages and relationships among terrorist organisations, their support structures, official sponsors and funding mechanisms, which transcend national borders but operate within them," he said.
“Those responsible for the Mumbai attacks follow an ideology that recognises no borders, and are known to be preparing attacks not only just in the neighborhood but across the world," Menon said.
“Any compromise with such forces... only encourages them. Large areas to the west of India, in Pakistan extending into Afghanistan, have seen the collapse of state structures and the absence of governance,” he said.