New Delhi: External affairs minister Pranab Mukherjee in a suo-moto follow-up statement to Mumbai terror attacks in the Lok Sabha on Friday said, “We are in a point in our relationship where the authorities in Pakistan itself have to chose the kind of relationship that they want with India in the future. Much depends on actions in the Mumbai case reaching the logical conclusion.”
In an indication that India would continue with the track-II diplomacy with Pakistan, despite the freeze in the relationship between the two neighbours on account of Mumbai outrage that killed 183 people, Mukherjee added, “I must underline that we have no quarrel with the people of Pakistan. We wish them well and we do not think that they should be held responsible or face the consequences of the situation. We have therefore consciously and after due deliberations not thought it necessary or fit to curtail people to people contacts, trains and road links.”
Indian government strongly claims that 26 November Mumbai terror attacks were orchestrated by Pakistan-based terror groups, an allegation that Pakistan has partly admitted to.
India has already dropped several trade plans with Pakistan, such as removing it from the list of countries from where foreign direct investment was not allowed due to security reasons; opening branches of State Bank of India and Bank of Indian Pakistan; trading in 1,938 items compared with the current 13; and opening the Skardu-Kargil route in Jammu and Kashmir for commerce.
It has also abandoned plans to set up border posts to facilitate movement of goods and people to and from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Myanmar, as reported by Mint on 5 December.