The script was along expected lines. India “reminded” Pakistan of its responsibility to bring the Mumbai attackers to justice. Pakistan, in turn, said it “wished” to bring the terrorists to justice. Between reminders and wishes, lies a wholly distinct world of realities. India can’t do much (or does not want to?) and Pakistan’s “wishes” are pro forma. It continues to believe in keeping its terrorist arsenal ready, just in case. Perhaps, these are strong words. But what else does one say about a situation in which every dossier that India sends to Islamabad is matched with inane inquiries. The argument being that it needs to answer these questions to prosecute the case in courts.
Sherlock Holmes once said that when all possibilities have been exhausted, whatever remains, however improbable it may be, must be the truth. Pakistan’s truth about terror is evident and requires no elaboration.