India on Thursday made it clear to Pakistan that bringing those guilty in the 2008 Mumbai attacks to justice would be the biggest confidence building measure. After two days of parleys, Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai and his Pakistani counterpart Jalil Abbas Jilani agreed that the relationship has to be normalized by narrowing divergences and building convergences.
“The Foreign Secretaries are mandated to discuss among other things peace and security, including CBMs. It is in this context that Foreign Secretary Jilani and I discussed all issues that impact peace and security between our two countries, including terrorism.
“I emphasised terrorism is the biggest threat to peace and security in the region and bringing the guilty to justice in Mumbai terror attacks would be the biggest confidence building measure of all,” Mr. Mathai told a joint press conference in New Delhi.
Mr. Jilani, on his part, rejected the role of state agencies in the Mumbai attacks and even expressed willingness for a joint investigations into the 26/11 carnage in which 166 people were killed. However, Mr. Mathai emphasized that the arrest of LeT terrorist Abu Jundal and his ongoing interrogation has added urgency to bringing perpetrators of 26/11 to justice.
“We reject any insinuation against any state agencies of Pakistan in any terror attack in India...Pakistan is even willing for a joint investigation into Mumbai attacks,” Mr. Jilani said. He said his talks with Mr. Mathai on peace and security, CBMs, Jammu and Kashmir and promotion of friendly exchanges have been substantive. “Both the countries face threat of terrorism. We should intensify our cooperation,” he said. Both sides described the talks as “frank, constructive and substantive”.