Terror tops agenda in talks with Pak
Narrative equating India and Pakistan both as victims of terrorism does not capture the reality of the situation, said a high-ranking Indian official, ahead of a meeting between Indian prime minister and Pakistani president. Pakistan has often described itself as a victim of terrorism while explaining its inaction against terrorist outfits.
“They might find it convenient to argue that India and Pakistan are both equally victims of terrorism. But that is not actually the case. You have a situation in which terrorists in Pakistani jails have access to cellphones and are continuing with their activities,” the official said.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Pakistan president Asif Ali Zardari will meet on Thursday on the sidelines of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit in Tehran.
India wants some tangible outcome on terrorism before Singh can commit to a proposed visit to Pakistan. Pakistan’s emphasis in the resumed dialogue process has been to demilitarise Siachen, something on which Zardari hopes to win some domestic popularity.
In Sharm El Sheikh in 2009 and in Havana in 2006, India-Pak bilateral meetings on the sidelines of NAM had attempted, albeit with little success, to move forward on terrorism.
Sources said terrorism will be the issue of “paramount importance” during the meeting between the Indian prime minister and the Pak president.
He dismissed Pakistani contention that India has not given enough evidence to convict the accused in the 26/11 case. “If they want to act, there is enough evidence. We have used the same evidence in an open, free and fair trial to get a conviction,” the official said.