India appears to have diluted 26/11 stand: Advani

Against the backdrop of the ongoing talks with Pakistan, BJP said India appears to have diluted its earlier demand that the neighbouring country take "speedy and credible" action against 26/11 culprits.

New Delhi: Against the backdrop of the
ongoing talks with Pakistan, BJP on Thursday said India appears to
have diluted its earlier demand that the neighbouring country
take "speedy and credible" action against 26/11 culprits and
instead reconciled to "satisfactory closure" of the case.

Speaking at a party rally here, senior BJP leader L K
Advani alleged that Pakistan has not taken "a single credible
step" to show that it is serious about acting against the
masterminds and perpetrators of the 26/11 Mumbai carnage.

He maintained that all available evidence shows that
elements within the Pakistani ruling establishment were
involved in planning and executing these terrorist attacks.
"Now, suddenly, the Indian government has changed its
stance for the next round of foreign secretary-level talks
between the two countries. Rather than remaining firm in its
demand for a speedy and credible trial in the Mumbai attacks,
all that the government wants from Pakistan is `satisfactory
closure` of the case," Advani said.

He sought to know how the UPA government could talk
about "satisfactory closure" now when Pakistan has not shown
any seriousness even in "satisfactory beginning" of the
investigation and trial.
Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao and her Pakistan
counterpart Salman Bashir are holding bilateral talks in
Islamabad on a host of issues.

Advani charged that Congress has always followed a soft
policy towards Pakistan.

"Obviously, the Congress party`s ignoble tradition of
pusillanimity in dealing with Pakistan, that began with
Kashmir in the early years of independence, has continued even
today," he said.

PTI

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