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.