NEW DELHI: With no concrete steps against the plotters of the Mumbai attack in view, Pakistan’s anti-terror claims were tantamount to a chimera, India’s National Security Adviser M.K. Narayanan has said.
His comments coincided with similar views expressed by unnamed foreign ministry officials in New Delhi who were quoted on Monday as saying that no new dates had been set for the foreign secretary-level talks in view of Islamabad’s alleged reluctance to act against Hafiz Saeed, who has been named by New Delhi in the November 26 assault on Mumbai.
The Hindu quoted Mr Narayanan as saying in his first ‘substantive comments on relations with Pakistan since the Sharm el-Sheikh summit’ that averting another major Mumbai-like incident was the government’s top priority and that unless Islamabad took ‘real action’ against those involved in terrorism, the progress it had reported so far in the Mumbai case would amount to ‘a chimera’.
In an interview to The Hindu published on Monday, he painted a picture of official frustration at Pakistan’s unwillingness to act against the Lashkar-e-Taiba and the Jaish-e-Muhammad ‘despite the fact that there was concrete information about these groups re-establishing training camps’.