Pak must cooperate with India in transparent manner to solve 2/11 case: Editorial
Pakistan must cooperate in a transparent manner in getting to the bottom of who exactly was responsible for 26/11 and bring them to justice, an editorial in a Pakistani daily has said.
This, according to the editorial in the Daily Times, is in the interests of the normalisation of relations process that is ongoing between the two countries.
With all their chequered history of relations and mutual mistrust and suspicion, the two neighbours have slowly converged on the understanding that the Mumbai attacks were a 'spoilers' effort to halt the peace and normalisation process and that they should not be allowed to succeed and hold both countries hostage to their own agenda, it said.
India accuses the ISI of being behind and masterminding the attacks. On his recent visit to India, Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik argued that the perpetrators were "non-state actors" and the Pakistan government or authorities had nothing to do with it, it said.
He also resorted to dilatory tactics by arguing that Hafiz Saeed had been arrested and presented before the courts but for lack of evidence, the courts released him. What he did not mention was that the prosecution of Hafiz Saeed had nothing to do with the Mumbai attacks case but other charges, it added.
In any case, Pakistan is in a grey area here, since allegations have been rife in the past that the Mumbai attackers were in touch with and receiving instructions from some people in Pakistan. That of course does not necessarily confirm whether the 'handlers' were state or non-state actors. India has recently executed Ajmal Kasab, the lone survivor amongst the attackers, and has repeatedly voiced its frustration at the 'masterminds' in Pakistan not being prosecuted, the editorial further said.
Terrorism, as has been amply demonstrated by now, is no respecter of borders (compare Pakistan-Afghanistan). It is therefore in the interests of all regional states, including Pakistan and India, to come together in the struggle against this mutual menace and bury it for good, it concluded.