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Pakistani and Indian flag — File Photo
Pakistani and Indian flag — File Photo

NEW DELHI: Ahead of a likely meeting between President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Tehran, India has expressed unhappiness with the tardy probe and trial in Pakistan of the Mumbai terror suspects, The Hindu newspaper reported on its website on Wednesday.

“We have shown that what happened in Mumbai had connections in Pakistan with not just non-state actors but also the official hierarchy. We have managed to show what the problem was,” the paper quoted official Indian sources as saying in Tehran.

It said India did not find the 26/11 Mumbai attacks and the Samjhauta Express blast as comparable.

The officials speaking to the media ahead of two crucial Indo-Pak engagements in a fortnight — one likely between Dr Singh and Mr Zardari on the sidelines of the Non-Aligned Movement summit and the other between the two foreign ministers in Islamabad early next month — expressed disappointment at the slow pace of trials in Pakistan of those arrested for the Mumbai attacks as well as Islamabad’s failure to prosecute Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) chief Hafiz Saeed, The Hindu said.

“They keep switching judges, they keep finding a reason. The people in jail are using mobile phones and are still running their networks. They (Pakistan government) can say what they like. We know and they know where the truth lies,” said the sources.

Indian “sources” took umbrage at the suggestion that the Samjhauta train blast in India, which killed many Pakistani citizens, and the Mumbai attacks were comparable. Nor did they subscribe to Pakistan’s suggestion that it was also a victim of terrorism.

“They would love to do that. There is a serious difference in how the Indian state reacts and how the Pakistani state fails to react.

Frankly, if you have the will to prosecute, the evidence is there. I can’t answer for the Pakistani legal system but I find it incredible when people say there are two sides to the Mumbai attack,” said one of the sources.

In what could be seen as a concession to Pakistan, the sources did not subscribe to the notion that web uploads and SMS messages from Pakistan led to recent ethnic tensions, assault on and mass exodus of people from the northeast living in some south Indian cities.

The answer lay, they said, in tightening cyberspace monitoring and vigil.

“Some stuff, about a quarter probably, was uploaded in Pakistan. This is not a state-to-state issue. This is in a domain where there is no sovereignty.

“We need to understand that we must do what we can under the law if they (the provocateurs) really cross the line,” said the sources.

But it is not as if the authorities are in the dark or helpless about the people who circulated grisly images, many of them morphed.

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Comments (20) Closed

Aug 31, 2012 10:26am
Zafar,both countries are the same.our Indian legal system is also totally corrupt.criminals here are becoming politicians and the bigger criminal you are the bigger politician you are.Thankfully i migrated to another country.our part of the world has gone mad and makes no sense anymore.I cant even say good luck to India or Pakistan because we are going down an irreversible path of destruction.
Aug 31, 2012 10:44am
According to Press Council report, The Hindu is one of the few papers left which do not publish paid news and is still one the cleanest newspapers in India.
Aug 31, 2012 05:23am
@Fakhruddin Ahmed Please point out the "many journalistic errors" and which "journalistic principles" have been violated by The Hindu. The Hindu (along with Dawn, I must say) is one of the very few news papers in the world who actually report from a neutral point of view. It practically publishes an errata every day mentioning even every typo of the day before.
Aug 31, 2012 05:53am
Well said, Malik. I totally agree...
Aug 30, 2012 03:34pm
My dear Indian friends, Our legal system consistently fails to prosecute criminals and solve crimes occurring in our cities in broad daylight. How on earth do you expect them to prosecute those responsible who did crimes oversees. They have no interest in doing it.
Bobby Srinivas
Aug 31, 2012 06:43am
THE HINDU, inspite of its name, is not a mouth piece of any fanatic fundamentalist group. It is a moderate, conservative, objective and highly respected newspaper following high journalistic principles - Bobby Srinivas, Nagpur India
Aug 30, 2012 09:22pm
Sir, That is the problem. "They have no interest" ! Not having interest in something implies one of two things. 1) You are complicit or powerful sections of the establishment are complicit in the attack. 2) Pakistans talk of sovereignty is bogus, You cannot claim that any action by other violates your land while you do nothing yourself.
Aug 31, 2012 09:40am
Hey...Lets live with a peace and prosperity......don't blame with each other....Pyar bantay chalo...pyar bantay chalo..
Akhter Husain
Aug 30, 2012 09:18am
If you take out my eye remain prepared for losing two of yours .Stop intriguing and realize the pathetic conditions our people are living in.
Aug 30, 2012 04:31pm
Cant disagree with zafar on that one.......havent heard of anyone being convicted for any of the innumerable terrorist activities on pakistani soil all thee years...so why should they even bother about the mumbai attack? the trial will go on and on and on......
Aug 31, 2012 06:28am
We are not asking for your eye. We are asking you to cure yourself of this self destructive virus that you have been unknowlingly afflicted with. Wake up before it is too late.remember, we care for you.
Aug 31, 2012 01:13am
Well said Zafar - the same goes in India, they take 25 years to prosecute even a small time thief. So we both are in the boat. Glad to my our Pakistani friends on the same side.
Aug 30, 2012 06:23am
We are unhappy too over the release of thousands of terrorists by our courts and the failure of state to prosecute them. And now the courts are citing a flaw in the law of evidence. When they have to prosecute someone guilty of blasphemy they find all the evidence but when they have to prosecute these terrorists they dont find any.
Shakoor Ahmed
Aug 30, 2012 06:55am
We have yet to prosecute bombers and murderers in our own country , let alone the one,s who attack foreign lands.
Fakhruddin Ahmed
Aug 30, 2012 11:34am
I am noticing a deterioration in the journalistic standards of Dawn which at one time used to be a prime newspaper. Dawn has unwittingly circulated an engineered news item. The Hindu newspaper has neither referred to any credible source nor the news itself is pro-Pakistan warranting re-circulation by Dawn. The news as published by The Hindu has many journalistic errors and lacks journalistic principles. I wonder why Dawn picked this story.
Aug 30, 2012 08:52pm
That's very honest. Only if other in Pakistan could acknowledge it from time to time, it will be alright and people will understand. Wish leadership could say it. At least the opposition parties must have guts to admit this and demand rectification.
Rakesh Kotti
Aug 30, 2012 08:49pm
Dear Zafar, From the little knowledge I have of your country, I gather that it was during the 1970s that (read Zia era) radicalization of society happened. I can only pray that your country soon discovers peace. And that you may all live in a free and open society sans discrimination, violence, prejudice and profiling! Love & Peace Rakesh
Aug 30, 2012 08:44pm
Mailk rightly said
Zahid Malik
Aug 30, 2012 01:04pm
What is there to be unhappy about???? Both the countries had and are still playing the proxy wars. India is trying to impose its superamacy in the region and Pakistan is not accepting it. What is happening in Pakistan is largely due to India's involvement. The Indian foot print could be traced in lots of incidents in Pakistan especially in Balochistan and Karachi. We have tried everything, lets try friendship once. There is no harm in trying.
Aug 30, 2012 06:06pm
Its all the present government's fault.