Pakistan moves to build
bridges with India
Dec 8 (IANS) Evidently stung by Washington's whiplash, Pakistan
is to send an “important” message to India through its envoy
in New Delhi to defuse tensions in the wake of the Mumbai
terror attacks, a media report Monday said.
is sending an important message to the Indian leadership this
week pertaining to the heightening of tension between the
two nuclear neighbours,” The News said in a report headlined
“Pak plan to mend fences with India”.
message is expected to greatly help in easing the situation.
Pakistan's high commissioner in India Shahid Malik, who is
reaching here mid-week for the highest-level consultations,
would carry the message to New Delhi,” the newspaper added.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, while on a visit to Pakistan
last week, had said she expected a “robust” response from
Islamabad in the wake of the Mumbai attacks.
also asked Pakistan to crack down down on “non-state players”
acting from its territory. This was in response to Pakistan
President Asif Ali Zardari's remark that “stateless” players
were behind the Mumbai attacks that killed 172 people and
injured more than 250.
and US intelligence officials say that Pakistan's Inter-Services
Intelligence (ISI) spy agency and the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT)
terror group were involved in the Mumbai strikes.
Monday, there were reports that security agencies had moved
against an LeT camp in Pakistani Kashmir and had arrested
its commander, Zakiur Rehman Lakhwi, whose extradition India
confirmed to The News from New Delhi Sunday evening that he
would be in Islamabad on Wednesday for a day or two for an
“in-depth discussion with the high-ups”.
will “update the Pakistani leadership on the latest situation,
which will enable Islamabad to reassess the whole situation”,
the newspaper said.
is also in constant touch with the Indian ministry of external
affairs “but without any tangible progress in the efforts
to minimise tension between the two countries so far”, The
also said that diplomatic observers here were of the view
that the bilateral diplomacy between Pakistan and India in
the wake of the Mumbai attacks and New Delhi's “threatening
posture” has become “somewhat irrelevant and is not working
as India would have liked it”.
newspaper quoted sources to say that Pakistan's proposal for
a joint commission to probe the Mumbai attacks to be followed
by a meeting of the National Security Advisors (NSAs) of the
two countries “has attained worldwide appreciation and the
world capitals are impressing upon the Indian government to
come to terms with it as Pakistan is extending its hand of
is also prepared to invoke the four-year-old Joint Anti-Terrorism
Mechanism (JATM) to deal with subversive activities taking
place on each other's soil, The News said.
JATM was created with the resolve that the two countries would
not allow any subversive act to become a stumbling block in
the normalisation of relations between the two countries.
three-tier mechanism is not only workable but the world capitals,
after careful assessment of the situation, consider it the
best way to tackle the deteriorating relations of the two
countries in peaceful atmosphere,” The News said.
was also hopeful that since the NSAs “enjoy the status of
cabinet ministers, they could report directly to their respective
chief executives and, as such, they are the most appropriate
officials to address such (a) development (the Mumbai attacks)”,
the newspaper said.