Pakistan readies ‘India terror’ dossier for NSA meet next month
Pakistan is preparing a dossier on “India’s role in fomenting terrorism in Balochistan and Karachi” and is also likely to take up the alleged slow pace of the Samjhauta train blast trial when the two national security advisers meet, HT has learnt.
The dossier will likely be carried by Sartaj Aziz, who is also Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s adviser on foreign affairs, when he is expected to meet Ajit Doval in Delhi next month.
"Pakistan is likely to up the ante and raise issues that help them address their domestic constituency," an Indian official involved with the preparations of the meeting said.
On July 10 in Russian city of Ufa, Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Sharif decided to take the ties, which had hit a low, forward through a meeting of the NSAs.
The joint statement issued after the icebreaker said one of the steps forward would include “a meeting in New Delhi between the two NSAs to discuss all issues connected to terrorism”.
India was expected to take up with Pakistan the slow pace of the 26/11 trial dragging for more than six years and the bail granted to the main accused and mastermind Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, a senior Lashkar commander.
Pakistan would take up the alleged help being extended by India to Baloch rebels and in “training those involved in recent blasts in Karachi”, as one Pakistani official put it.
The mountainous mineral-rich province of Balochistan that borders Afghanistan and Iran faces a long-running insurgency waged by guerrillas seeking an independent homeland.
Sharif came in for a lot of flak on his return from Russia for leaving out Kashmir from the joint statement.
The statement was interpreted as being loaded in India’s favour and Aziz is likely to amend that when he meets Doval.
"We have testimonies of those involved in the Karachi violence and they claim to have been trained by Indians," a Pakistani official said. “We also have copies of passports provided to Baloch rebels.’’
Balochistan had figured prominently in the now infamous Sharm-el-Sheikh joint statement of 2009. The Manmohan Singh government had agreed to delink terror and talks and the statement also referred to "India’s role in Balochistan", creating a political firestorm at home.
The ministry of external affairs declined comment on the likely dossier, saying “we await the dates for the meeting”.
The Aziz-Doval meeting is expected to pave the way for the two PMs meeting again — on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in September.