PM’s Pak visit linked to action against terror

And the emphasis is for some irreversible progress in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks case.

Written by Express News Service | Tehran | Published: August 29, 2012 1:16:09 am

Pakistan will have to show clear evidence of action against terrorism linked to India before Prime Minister Manmohan Singh can firm up plans to visit the neighbouring country,Indian government sources said ahead of the likely meeting between Singh and Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari in Tehran on Thursday.

Unlike India’s approach to the Samjhauta Express blasts probe,where no effort was being made by New Delhi to brush uncomfortable facts under the carpet,Pakistan has been “shifting judges hearing the 26/11 case” and letting accused terrorists such as Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi “run their operations using mobile phones while in jail”,the sources said.

Rejecting Pakistan’s contention that India had still not provided clinching evidence to strengthen the prosecution’s case,a top official source said: “If you wish to prosecute,you can. We worked on the same evidence and got a conviction. How did we manage? It was a free and fair trial.”

The understanding on the Indian side is that the Pakistani government is hoping for India to “start forgetting because those who did it are counting on them”.

The sources also emphasized that terrorism in India cannot be equated with the argument that Pakistan is itself a victim.

On being specifically asked about Zardari’s invitation to the Prime Minister to visit Pakistan,the sources said the Prime Minister is always keen as long as there are concrete outcomes. And the emphasis is for some irreversible progress in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks case.

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