'India ready to snap tourism, biz ties with Pak'
Home Minister P Chidambaram has warned India would snap business, transport and tourist ties with Pakistan if it failed to assist in the investigation into the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.india Updated: Jan 14, 2009 01:27 IST
Home Minister P Chidambaram has warned India would snap business, transport and tourist ties with Pakistan if it failed to assist in the investigation into the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.
In an interview with The Times, UK, Chidambaram accused Pakistan of doing nothing to help India bring to justice the perpetrators of the attacks in which 165 people were killed.
“Zero. What have they provided? Nothing,” he said when asked what Pakistan was doing to help the probe.
About the proposed action in case Pakistan continues to be unhelpful, he said: “There are many, many links between India and Pakistan, and if Pakistan does not co-operate and does not help to bring the perpetrators to heel, those ties will become weaker and weaker and one day snap”.
“Why would we entertain Pakistani business people? Why would we entertain tourists in India? Why would we send tourists there…We need cooperation soon.”
India-Pakistan trade hovers around $2 billion. It had had grown from $23.74 million in 2001 to over $1 billion in 2006-07, according to the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India.
Before the 26/11 attacks, the Pakistan High Commission was issuing 350-400 visas a day to Indians. Last September, PM Manmohan Singh and Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari signed an agreement for resumption of trade between J&K and PoK.
Speaking in the National Assembly on Tuesday, Pakistan PM Yousuf Raza Gilani said India had only submitted “some information” and not the evidence.
“All that has been received formally from India is some information. I say information because these are not the evidence. This needs to be carefully examined,” he said.