`Pak not doing enough to bring 26/11 perpetrators to justice`

Last Updated: Saturday, April 30, 2011 - 10:38

Washington: Pakistan is not doing enough
to bring the perpetrators of the 26/11 attack to justice,
former British Foreign Secretary David Miliband said
confirming the Indian position on this issue.

"I am the politician who went to Islamabad in January
2009 and said, without fear or favour, in respect to the
Mumbai bombings, those people need to be put on trial; and
if they are prosecuted, they need to be punished. And I still
say publicly, not enough has been done to bring those trials
to a conclusion," he said at the Council on Foreign Relations,
a Washington-based think tank.

"On the one hand I say we should be engaging with
Pakistan. On the other hand, I feel comfortable in speaking
very plainly about the responsibilities that they have. It
it`s true that the LeT is developing global ambitions for its
terrorism and its own capacity to do so, as well as regional
ones, we have to be even more insistent on the need to roll up
that infrastructure," Miliband said.

The LeT, through its front organisation, provides a
huge amount of welfare and other civil society outfits, "but
they move into the vacuum," he noted.

Miliband, who will be travelling to Pakistan next month,
said the situation in the country is challenging.

"On the one hand, a civilian government may well last
its full term in Pakistan, and be succeeded by other civilian
governments. That is not to be sneezed at. That is a
significant thing," he said.

"Secondly, one of the things that (former) President
(Pervez) Musharraf did was to open up the media. If you want
to think about the flowering of civil society, the opening of
the media, both in the blogosphere and in print, is serious
and good."

Miliband said one of the most chilling things he has
heard in and read over the last few months is the idea that
the US has a choice about whether or not to sever its links
with Pakistan.

"Because if you think it`s difficult, frustrating,
innovating, dangerous dealing with Pakistan at the moment as a
partner, try fulfilling your own interests in South Asia
without Pakistan as a partner," he said.

"I believe it`s very important that Pakistan understands
what is expected of it, its responsibilities, but
also has its rights respected as well. It is easy to say that
in theory, but actually it`s meaningful in practice."

Pakistan is a country which needs the international
community, including its neighbours, to stand with it on
security, trade and institution building, Miliband noted.

"And I think that President Obama`s outreach to
Pakistan in his, two leaked letters to President Asif Ali
Zardari was an important step."

The former foreign secretary said Obama was proposing a
balanced strategic relationship between the US and Pakistan to
replace the unbalanced - essentially military-only ties, and
wanted individual leader-based relationship rather than
institution-based links.

"I have criticised the Pakistani government for the
way in which it failed adequately to respond the significance
of the outreach that President Obama made. But I think it`s
very important that you continue to engage pro-actively on the
civilian and the military side in Pakistan, because there
won`t be stability in South Asia to serve our interests unless
Pakistan is engaged seriously," he added.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, April 30, 2011 - 10:38

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