As the saying goes, talk is cheap. India made any talk about curbing terrorism by Pakistan dirt cheap on Thursday in Egypt.
The joint statement issued after the meeting between prime ministers Manmohan Singh and Yousaf Raza Gilani said that action on terrorism “should not be linked to the composite dialogue process”.
What more could have Pakistan asked for? It’s been more than seven months since the Mumbai attacks and no one has been brought to justice. In fact, the one person in the dock, Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, a Lashkar-e-Taiba leader, is about to be let off.
Once action on terrorism is delinked from the composite dialogue, the focus is likely to shift to Kashmir again. While India argues that there are other issues at hand, Pakistan gives primacy to Kashmir. With a pro-Islamabad US regime, pressure on India to make concessions on Kashmir will now be inexorable.
Did our leaders buckle under US pressure without a fight? More than anyone else, the families of those killed in Mumbai deserve an answer to the compromise with Pakistan.