External Affairs Minister SM Krishana has said that India has handed sufficient proof to Pakistan on Mumbai terror attacks and accused it of not being serious enough to punish the perpetrators.
The minister also stated that Pakistan was to be blamed for the suspension of the composite dialogue between the two sides in the wake of 26/11 terror attacks and said that it has to take initiative for the resumption of the process.
Krishna said: “According to legal experts, the six dossiers which we have provided to Pakistan contain enough evidence against the conspirators, abettors and perpetrators of the Mumbai terror attacks to get them punished in a court of law.”
Speaking to reporters in Bangalore, Krishna said: “According to legal experts, the six dossiers which we have provided to Pakistan contain enough evidence against the conspirators, abettors and perpetrators of the Mumbai terror attacks to get them punished in a court of law.”
“If Pakistan were to be serious about taking the logical steps to punish those responsible for the attack on India or Mumbai, this is an instance that they can show to the world and India that they are serious,” he said.
He said that names and other details of those involved in the terror attacks have been provided to Pakistan.
“It is but natural that they should arrest all those and bring them to justice,” he said.
The minister said that New Delhi will continue to engage Islamabad on the “logical follow up” that should be taken. “We expect that it will be done,” he said.
In response to a query about Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi’s remarks that India is not coming forward for resumption of dialogue, he said, “India was happily continuing with its composite dialogue till the Mumbai attacks which abruptly ended, temporarily, the composite dialogue.”
“So, I think Pakistan has to blame itself for the suspension of the composite dialogue and again it has to be Pakistan’s initiative now to satisfy India’s requirement for the resumption of composite dialogue,” he said.
Krishna said that India knows well that Pakistan is the “epicenter of terror in this region” and this has been brought to the notice of Pakistan as well as friendly countries.
On a question about incursion by a Chinese helicopter in Leh sector recently, Krishna sought to downplay the incident saying there was an in-built mechanism to deal with such issues.
“Whenever they take place this mechanism comes into operation and things are settled,” he said.