Despite the atmospherics, Pakistan continues to sponsor terrorism
Pranab Mukherjee, India’s defence minister, has decidedly strayed from the official Indian line.
Delivering the Dr V.N. Tewari Memorial Oration on â€œPeace Perspectives in South and South East Asia: Changes and Opportunitiesâ€ at Panjab University, Mr Mukherjee said that while on one hand Pakistan talked of its fight against terrorism, on the other hand it was abetting terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir.
â€œTerrorist infrastructure in Pakistan is still intact despite the recent thaw in Indo-Pak ties. ISI-sponsored infiltration attempts are still going on and terrorists are being given special training to negotiate the border force. Though infiltration into the Kashmir valley has decreased in the last four months due to vigil by Indian forces, a large number of terrorists are sitting on a launching pad on the other side to cross the border,â€ Mr Mukherjee said. [The Tribune]
Unfortunately, his boss, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh still nurses hopes that India and Pakistan can fight terror together — how that is possible when the ISI is going about its business as usual is difficult to fathom.
One way to look at this is that India is playing a good cop/bad cop routine. Be that as it may, it is quite refreshing to see someone point out that yes, the Emperor is quite naked.