External affairs minister S.M. Krishna on Friday said terrorism will be an issue on his agenda when he meets his Pakistani counterpart Hena Rabbani Khan.
It’s interesting that he should have said so—he denied that terrorism was not an issue during the recent round of talks between the foreign secretaries. The fact is that Khan is a newcomer in a domain that is, for all practical purposes, that of the Pakistan army. It sounds cynical, but one thing that our minister and his team can expect to hear is that Pakistan, too, is a victim of terrorism.
The fact is that what Islamabad is doing is called keeping one’s powder dry. So long as that country believes in using asymmetric tools (read: using terrorists) to counter an imaginary Indian threat, eliminating terrorism will remain what it is—a hollow phrase. Talk, to be sure, but nothing substantial is coming your way.