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India to launch diplomatic offensive,to brief envoys

As Prime Minister Manmohan Singh made it clear that India will go to “any extent” to root out terrorism...

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Shillong | Published: January 4, 2009 1:19:17 am

As Prime Minister Manmohan Singh made it clear that India will go to “any extent” to root out terrorism,New Delhi on Saturday geared up to launch its next diplomatic offensive in the form of a detailed brief which would be presented from Monday to almost every country represented in India.

While Home Minister P Chidamabaram will be going to Washington next week with the dossier containing the evidence to discuss the next course of action,India will simultaneously look to mount pressure on Pakistan by making available details of the conversations that terrorists had with their handlers during their siege in Mumbai. The dossier would also include details from Ajmal Amir Kasab’s confession,said sources.

India’s renewed diplomatic offensive was kicked off by the Prime Minister himself at Shillong on Saturday. “There were some initial setbacks,but we will overcome them. The government will go to any extent to root out terrorism from the country,” he said during a media interaction after inaugurating the 96th Indian Science Congress in the North Eastern Hill University (NEHU).

Further,Singh showed caution when asked about the possibility of any military conflict. “War is not a solution,but as there are international pressures on Pakistan,I hope that Pakistan acts by arresting and handing over the terrorists who masterminded the Mumbai attacks to India for fair court trials.”

India is in constant touch with the US,UK,China and Gulf countries on exerting more pressure on Pakistan. On the plan to expand the scope of this exercise by virtually briefing every envoy in New Delhi,sources said,the last briefing was only with countries whose nationals had been killed or injured in the attack while this had a larger diplomatic purpose. The brief will also be sent to Indian envoys posted abroad,so that they can inform foreign ministries of respective countries in what constitutes a massive diplomatic exercise.

In fact,a week after engaging with Pakistan’s political leadership and Army top brass,Chinese Vice-Foreign minister He Yafei is expected to come to India next week,sources told The Sunday Express.

He,who is acting as Beijing’s special envoy, is slated to come on Monday and will be briefed on Pakistan’s links to the Mumbai terror attack. During his visit,he will meet External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee and the National Security Advisor M K Narayanan,among others.

Though a Foreign Ministry official,He is an appointee of the Chinese Communist party,in the Chinese government and hence enjoys a more elevated status. New Delhi will be sharing details of the Mumbai investigations with the Chinese envoy,in a bid to tell Beijing about Pakistan’s involvement in the Mumbai terror attacks.

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