Indian experts seethe over Balochi blunder Indo-Pak joint statement’s
Posted by jagoindia on July 25, 2009
18 Jul 2009, IST, ET Bureau
NEW DELHI: The Indo-Pak joint statement’s silence over LeT, the main jihadi troublemaker, as well as the reference to Pakistan’s unfounded charge about Indian involvement in Balochistan are angering security experts.
According to experts, the Indian side bought hook, line and sinker Pakistan’s claim that there was ‘anti-terror consensus’ in the country even as Pakistan was yet to take even the baby step to rein in terror groups based on its soil.
The Zardari government has not yet produced sufficient evidence before its judiciary to link LeT and the Jamaat-ud-Dawa with the Mumbai terror outrage. It was in the backdrop of this that the prime minister accepted the promise of Pakistani prime minister Yusuf Gilani that he would try to persuade the Punjab government to act against LeT mastermind Hafiz Saeed.
Even on the eve of the meeting between the two prime ministers, the foreign secretary had claimed that there wont be any change in India’s bottom line. “They will have to bring perpetrators of the Mumbai outrage to justice; they have to dismantle terror infrastructure and end all violence against India”. But it quietly buried this tough line for getting back into talking terms, something that was being desired by the global powers.
Equally galling for the security experts is the willingness to treat Pakistan as a “victim of terror”. The joint statement gave Pakistan an opportunity to go the whole hog against India over Balochistan. India, which has been denying the baseless charges of Pakistan, have been maintaining that it was unacceptable to treat Baloch leaders as terrorists. The prime minister tried to underplay the reference to Balochistan by saying that he merely told his Pakistani counterpart that New Delhi was willing to look at the issue if they provide evidence of Indian involvement.
There is not a single reference to LeT or a single reference to its continuing terrorist infrastructure. But India has provided dignity to Pakistan’s baseless allegations against Baloch freedom-fighters by agreeing to make a reference to Balochistan in the joint statement in the context of terrorism by indirectly bringing on record in an official statement Pakistan’s projection of the late Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti and other Baloch leaders as terrorists. Hafiz Mohammed Sayeed is not a terrorist, but Bugti and other Baloch leaders were or are.
That has been Pakistan’s contention and New Delhi has let this figure in the joint statement. Mr Zardari and his advisers have been saying that they had to act against Sayeed and his associates because of the declaration of the anti-terrorism committee of the UN Security Council that the JUD is a terrorist organisation and not because they had any independent evidence against it. It was on these grounds that Sayeed was ordered to be released.