India's double face exposed
Mohammad Jamil


India has ruled out the sharing of information with Pakistan about the 2007 Samjhota Express bombing. “It is too premature to share any information with anyone at this stage, as the investigation is still on. When it is completed, we will take an appropriate decision,” said an Indian government official.

Meanwhile, Pakistan had summoned Acting Counsel General G.V. Srinivas to Pakistan’s Foreign Office in Islamabad and told him that the “information on progress in the investigations should be provided by New Delhi at the earliest.” However, India’s intransigence is too well known. It refuses to implement the United Nations Security Council resolutions giving Kashmiris their right to decide through a plebiscite whether to join Pakistan or India. Further, it has violated the Indus Waters Treaty of 1960 by constructing dams on the western rivers. There have been many rounds of negotiations between Pakistan and India, including the stalled composite dialogue that started in 2004 with a view to resolving all disputes like the issue of Occupied Kashmir, but the latter roiled the talks under one pretext or another. While the political leadership in New Delhi often asserts about resolving all issues with Islamabad through bilateral dialogue, it is not willing to go beyond its stated position that “Kashmir is an integral part of India.”

In the same vein, after the Mumbai attacks, India has been pushing Pakistan for a speedy trial of the suspects. However, India has itself ruled out the sharing of information with the Pakistani government about the Samjhota Express bombing, especially after Rashtriya Savak Sangh (RSS) Chief Swami Aseemanand’s confession about the involvement of Sangh activists in the blast. In the meantime, External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna said: “It [India] was willing to go more than half the way to hold peace talks with the neighbour, but terrorism could ‘not be shoved’ under the carpet.” The minister, during an interaction with visiting journalists from East European countries in New Delhi, maintained: “India was ‘looking forward’ to Pakistan addressing its core concern regarding terrorism and tackling the outfits effectively.”

It is unfortunate that since the Mumbai tragedy, the Indian administration has continued with its propaganda blitz against Pakistan alleging its involvement in the terrorists’ attacks in India. Pakistan, on its part, has been incessantly demanding that India formally inform Pakistan about the Samjhota Express probe and ask the court to expedite verdict on the case against Hindutva terrorists and bring them to early justice. Right from the start, India has been officially denying any link of the Hindu extremists with the carnage resulting from the blasts. Instead, it had tried to shift the blame for the heinous crime on the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI). Nevertheless, India was exposed when Aseemanand confessed before a magistrate that he along with other Hindu activists was involved in the Malegon, Samjhota, Ajmer and Mecca Masjid bombings. This has indeed knocked the bottom out of the Indian Prime Minister’s pretence.