Pak attitude on terror has changed: Nirupama Rao
TNN Jul 4, 2011, 12.42am IST
NEW DELHI: Despite nothing to show for the efforts by India to ensure that the 26/11 guilty are brought to justice soon by Islamabad, foreign secretary Nirupama Rao believes Pakistan's attitude on the issue of terror may have changed. Rao told a news channel in an interview that she believed the prism through which Pakistan looked at terror had changed and that New Delhi could not afford to not take note of it.
"I think the prism through which they see this issue has definitely been altered," Rao said in reply to a query on Pakistan's attitude to terror. "I see that as an outcome that we must take note of, that we must take cognisance of," she added.
"I think when they speak of the fact that non-state elements in this relationship need to be tackled, that we must look at safe havens and sanctuaries, that we must look at fake currency, we must look at all the aspects that are concerned with the business of terror, I think that is a concrete development," she said.
When reminded of former home secretary G K Pillai's remark that the process of 26/11 trial had not moved an inch, Rao admitted to the "glacial pace" of progress, but added that Pakistan seemed inclined to discuss "substantive issues" with India including terrorism. "But let me tell you what kind of feedback we got from the Pakistanis at this round. And they spoke of the need to discuss all the serious and substantive issues between the two countries and that terrorism was at the forefront of this," she said.
Rao admitted to raising the disclosures made by David Headley during the Chicago trial of Tahawwur Rana in her meeting with Salman Bashir and said the "strategic link between the Pakistani state and militancy and terror needs to be broken". Asked if Bashir had admitted to such a link between terror and the Pakistani establishment, Rao merely said the fact that the two countries were "discussing the threat, the scourge, the evil of terrorism and the fact that it has ramifications that extend into the entire region," was a development India must take note of.