NEW DELHI: The Indian government sees "no point" in scheduling talks between the Foreign Secretaries of
India and Pakistan in the near future because there has been "no purposeful movement" by Islamabad to bring the perpetrators of 26/11 to book, senior government officials said.
Leaders of both countries had agreed that India's Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao and her Pakistani counterpart Salman Bashir would meet in Islamabad to talk about terrorism and set the agenda for a meeting between the Foreign Ministers of the two countries on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York in September. It is unlikely, sources said, that Rao would travel to Islamabad soon and a meeting, if scheduled, would happen only in New York.
High-level government sources said despite the Prime Minister's vision for improved relations with Pakistan, there has been "no progress on the ground" in Pakistan's commitment to contain terrorism directed against India that could allow
New Delhi to walk the
Conceding that the Sharm-el-Sheikh joint statement between Dr Manmohan Singh and Pakistan's Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani was
almost in tatters, the sources said the United Nations and Interpol had accepted Hafeez Saeed's culpability on the basis of India's evidence, but
Islamabad was fobbing off India's efforts to improve the relationship.
The Indian government is "disappointed" with Pakistan's decision to
allow Saeed, the founder of the Lashkar-e-Taiba, which even Islamabad has admitted was responsible for the terrorist outrage in Mumbai on November 26, 2008, to walk free. The sixth dossier of evidence India provided to Pakistan earlier this month on the attacks detailed Saeed's culpability, with Home Minister P Chidambaram saying it was good enough to stand in any court of law. Pakistan rejected the dossier's contents claiming they would not stand legal scrutiny. India and Pakistan have similar legal procedures and criminal procedure codes that have origins in the British colonial era. The government's efforts are aimed at trying to bolster internal security measures.