Is Pakistan readying to blame India for terror?
Ahead of the proposed high-level talks between India and Pakistan next month, the latter has prepared a dossier accusing New Delhi of fomenting terrorism in Balochistan and Karachi, media reports said on Thursday.
New Delhi: Ahead of the proposed high-level talks between India and Pakistan next month, the latter has prepared a dossier accusing New Delhi of fomenting terrorism in Balochistan and Karachi, media reports said on Thursday.
According to a leading newspaper, Pakistan's National Security Advisor Sartaj Aziz is likely to carry this dossier when he arrives to meet his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval here next month.
The document prepared by the Pakistan authorities also accuses India of involvement in Peshawar school massacre in which over 100 students were killed by extremists.
The dossier also reportedly mentions the slow pace of the Samjhauta train blast trial and the issue is likely to be discussed when the two national security advisers meet.
On July 10, Narendra Modi and Nawaj Sharif – the Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan – had in Russian city of Ufa decided to take the bilateral ties, which had hit a low, forward through a meeting of the NSAs.
The joint statement issued after the ice-breaking meeting of the two PMs stressed that one of the steps forward would include “a meeting in New Delhi between the two NSAs to discuss all issues connected to terrorism”.
Meanwhile, the Indian side is also expected to take up with Pakistan the slow pace of the 26/11 trial dragging for over six years and the bail granted to the main accused and mastermind Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi.
Pakistan, on its part, is expected to accuse India of helping the Baloch rebels and in training those involved in recent blasts in Karachi, said report.
The mountainous mineral-rich province of Balochistan that borders Afghanistan and Iran faces a long-running insurgency waged by guerrillas seeking an independent homeland.
While Sharif faced a lot of criticism for leaving out Kashmir from the joint statement back home, the statement earned praise for PM Modi as it was seen favouring India.
Importantly, Balochistan had figured prominently in the now infamous Sharm-el-Sheikh joint statement of 2009. The Manmohan Singh government had agreed to delink terror and talks, and the statement also referred to "India’s role in Balochistan", triggering a huge political controversy at home.
However, the Ministry of External Affairs has not commented on the likely shape of the dossier as it does not want to speculate on anything ahead of NSA talks.