Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Yousaf Raza Gillani met on the sidelines of the NAM summit and followed up their two hours talk with a joint statement.
What does the India – Pakistan statement says ? The following is the text of India – Pakistan joint statement .
The two prime ministers had a cordial and constructive meeting. They considered the entire gamut of bilateral relations with a view to charting the way forward in India-Pakistan relations.
Both leaders agreed that terrorism is the main threat to both countries. Both leaders affirmed their resolve to fight terrorism and to cooperate with each other to this end.
Prime Minister Singh reiterated the need to bring the perpetrators of the Mumbai attacks to justice. Prime Minister Gilani assured that Pakistan will do everything in its power in this regard. He said that Pakistan has provided an updated status dossier on the investigations of the Mumbai attacks and had sought additional information/evidence. Prime Minister Singh said that the dossier is being reviewed.
Both leaders agreed that the two countries will share real time credible and actionable information on any future terrorist threats.
Prime Minister Gilani mentioned that Pakistan has some information on threats in Balochistan and other areas.
Both prime ministers recognised that dialogue is the only way forward. Action on terrorism should not be linked to the Composite Dialogue process and these should not be bracketed.
Prime Minister Singh said that India was ready to discuss all issues with Pakistan, including all outstanding issues.
Prime Minister Singh reiterated India’s interest in a stable, democratic Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
Both leaders agreed that the real challenge is development and the elimination of poverty. Both leaders are resolved to eliminate those factors which prevent our countries from realising their full potential. Both agreed to work to create an atmosphere of mutual trust and confidence.
Both leaders reaffirmed their intention to promote regional cooperation.
Both foreign secretaries should meet as often as necessary and report to the two foreign ministers, who will be meeting on the sidelines of the forthcoming U.N. General Assembly.
Now lets analyze the points mentioned .
1. “ … terrorism is the main threat to both countries … Both leaders affirmed their resolve to fight terrorism and to cooperate with each other .. ”
Words are nice in statements. But what about reality ? Hafiz Saeed , the leader of Lashkar e Taiba , the terrorist organization that masterminded the 26/11 Mumbai attack is released by Pakistan courts , thanks to lenient , careless probe by Pakistan authorities.
Is this the resolve to fight terrorism and cooperation ? Duh !
Dawood Ibrahim , the head of the dreaded D gang who masterminded the Mumbai blasts and various other terrorist activities in India and India’s most wanted terrorist is living a high life in Karachi with Pakistan making a mockery at India by refuting the fact time and again about his existence within their territory.
Look who is talking about cooperation ?
Maulana Masood Azhar , the founder of yet another terrorist outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed is in the safe haven of Pakistan . He is again one of India’s most wanted involved with the Indian Parliament attack and the Kandahar Plane hijack episode.
and now they talk about resolve to fight terrorism and cooperation ! Funny !
2. “… the need to bring the perpetrators of the Mumbai attacks to justice .. ”
Last many months Pakistan has been dilly dallying with the reports on Mumbai attack , raising silly points , unnecessarily and purposefully delaying the investigations . Reality being like this , what can be expected of Pakistan government and establishment on bringing the perpetrators of the Mumbai attack to justice ?
Just rosy politically correct words that would see no light in the end.
3. “ Both leaders agreed that the two countries will share real time credible and actionable information on any future terrorist threats.”
Makes me only laugh. When the terror activities are planned across the border in tandem with certain elements of Army and ISI , the leaders are talking about sharing the real time credible and actionable information on any further terrorist threats . There are enough indication that ISI is involved in activities aimed at destabilizing India and we are talking about sharing information on future terrorist activities with the same establishment. The problem with Pakistan – The civilian government is toothless and the real power centre lies with the Army and ISI. All the talks by the democratically elected leaders can be only diplomatically correct but not reflecting the ground reality.
4. “..Pakistan has some information on threats in Balochistan and other areas ”
If they have any information on threats in Baluchistan , bring it on. Send a dossier to the government based on facts. Till then no point in making statements based on no facts. The very mention of it without facts in the joint statement itself should have been protested by India.
5. “Action on terrorism should not be linked to the Composite Dialogue process and these should not be bracketed. ”
Wonder why ! All talks so far has not lead anywhere. We have seen years of talking only to end with Kargil wars , Indian Parliament attack and Mumbai attack. Dialogues must be linked with terrorism. Terrorism is the main agenda and the foremost one. There should not have been no talk without bracketing terrorism but India lives optimistically ever with the hope Pakistan will live up to the promises. History has proved time and again the optimistic hopes have only been crashed with each terrorist attacks. Yet , India gives a long rope for Pakistan to pull itself again.
Realistically any dialogues forward should happen only if Pakistan acts on the perpetrators of 26/11 Mumbai attack. Will Pakistan act ? Honestly , I don’t think so .