Pak starts diplomatic offensive on India
New Delhi: Pakistan kicked off a diplomatic counter offensive to India. And no less than Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Interior Adviser Rehman Malik briefed Islamabad-based ambassadors and high commissioners on the investigations into 26/11.
The envoys were reportedly briefed on the steps taken by Pakistan over the leads provided by India into the Mumbai attacks. They also discussed the Pakistani government's assessment of the quality of material handed over by India and the high level investigative panel formed to complete its work in 10 days.
The envoys were also reportedly updated on the government's crackdown on the Jamaat-ud-Dawa and the arrest of key individuals from the Lashkar’s parent political-religious organization.
However, Rahman Malik had a parting shot for India, warning Delhi against reiterating its demand that the Mumbai suspects be handed over to India.
“We can also make demands for certain individuals like Colonel Purohit,” Malik said.
India didn't respond to that but Islamabad's diplomatic offensive doesn't appear to have impressed anyone in Delhi.
Minister of State for Defence Pallam Raju said, “What they are doing is not enough, it just looks like an eyewash.”
Nevertheless, India is now reported to be readying a second dossier complete with details of Ajmal Kasab's DNA profile. The dossier is expected to be handed over to Pakistan soon.
“We are developing our anti-terror mechanisms and will continue our diplomatic offensive,” Pranab said.
The message from New Delhi is clear that it will not be satisfied until there is a complete dismantling of terror network in Pakistan, and that in the days ahead the diplomatic offensive will continue.