13 April, 2021

Caught In A Tango

Indo-Pak anti-terror talks may have lost its wind with the blast

Tribhuvan Tiwari
Caught In A Tango
Soon after the firebombing of the Delhi-Attari Express (link train of the Samjhauta Express), two assertions appeared in the media: first, that the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) was behind the blast; second, a call had been been traced to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir soon after the blow-up. These two nuggets were predictably designed to suggest a Pakistani hand behind the bombing even before the probe had begun in earnest. Yet, during the media interaction at Delhi's Hyderabad House, the reaction of foreign minister Pranab Mukherjee—flanked by his Pakistani counterpart Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri—to a Pakistani journalist's query on the LeT angle was guarded. Pranab said, "It would not be possible to conjecture anything unless the (investigative) process is complete. At the Islamabad meeting, the information will be shared with authorities there."

The Islamabad meeting Pranab was referring to, slated for March 6, will be the first such of the joint anti-terror mechanism, set up with much fanfare at the Havana summit between PM Manmohan Singh and...

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