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When did proof matter to Pak?

When did proof matter to Pak?

Author: Sunil Thapliyal
Publication: The Pioneer
Date: January 11, 2009
URL: http://www.dailypioneer.com/149243/When-did-proof-matter-to-Pak.html

Accepting the truth has never been a virtue with Pakistan. Even after abundant proof has been given in the past by India about Islamabad harbouring terror elements, it has always claimed that India has given nothing substantial for it to take action against the terrorists and their training camps.

In that context, 26/11 was no exception, until an utterance by its NSA forced it to acknowledge Pakistani hand in the Mumbai attack.

G Parthasarthy, former Indian Ambassador to Pakistan says: "Pakistani authorities have always been shy of admitting that terrorists and their camps exist in their country. It is now, after the international pressure, that they are willing to have a dialogue on the subject instead of stark refusal given in earlier cases."

Examples of Pakistan's involvement in supporting terror are not rare. If the past is sieved through, examples would be immense, some being the following"

Way back in 1993, investigations were carried out in the Mumbai serial blasts in which 200 persons were killed and 800 injured. Indian Intelligence agencies nailed the involvement of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim who, by then, had fled to Pakistan and was there under State protection. Till date, Pakistan has stuck to its claim that Dawood has never set foot on its territory.

Investigations also exposed the ISI syndicate. Evidence was given to the US and other countries to declare Pakistan's involvement in terrorist activities in J&K. Evidence submitted by India included facts that hand-grenades used in the 1993 Mumbai attack were made by a Pakistani arms factory. However, the US only put Pakistan under observation. After six months, then US President Bill Clinton removed Pakistan from that list.

When the Kargil war began, the Research & Analysis Wing intercepted conversation between General Pervez Musharraf, who was in Beijing, and his Lieutenant General Mohammad Aziz regarding the conflict in the last week of May, 1999. However, the then Pakistan Foreign Minister Sartaj Aziz questioned the authenticity of the tapes beofre rubbishing their content. In 1999, when the

Indian Airlines plane IC-814 was hijacked, it came to light that all hijackers were Pakistanis. They demanded the release of Maulana Masood Azhar, then languishing in an Indian jail for terror activities. Azhar had to be released and he founded the dreaded Jaish-e-Mohammed in Pakistan. He continues to reside there, enjoying State patronage.

India has time and again raised the demand of handing him over, but in the absence of an extradition treaty, he has escaped the gallows and has been wreaking havoc around the world.

Rear Vice Admiral (retd) Raja Menon minces no words in saying: "There is lack of coordination among our security and Intelligence agencies. We need to be tough against such acts and it is our collective failure in not being able to convince the international community that Pakistan is a terrorist State."

After the Parliament attack on December 13, 2001, Intelligence agencies had revealed that JeM was responsible for it. When India asked Pakistan to act, it asked India for concrete evidence. When global pressure was mounted on Pakistani authorities, they banned JeM and seized their bank accounts. However, Masud Azhar changed the name of his outfit to Jamaat-ud-Daawa and continued his operations from Pakistan.

Pakistan's infamous Intelligence unit, the ISI was hauled up by the international community in 2008 when the US and Afghan authorities confirmed that ISI had played a major role in blowing up the Indian embassy in Kabul in July, 2008, killing more then 40 people. Till date there has been no acknowledgement of guilt by the Pakistani establishment.

The biggest proof, by far, has been the confession by the arrested terrorist Kasab, involved in the attacks on Taj, Oberoi Trident and Nariman House in November, 2008, proving beyond doubt that Pakistan has many terror factories running full-time to unleash mayhem in India. Pak, yet again, has refused to accept the evidence and terms it as inconclusive stating Kasab's confession cannot be accepted as he may have written it under pressure from Indian Intelligence agencies.

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