‘What have Samjhauta, Babri got to do with Mumbai?’
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What are your thoughts on Rehman Malik's visit?
I think he wanted to come and he came. The important thing is he has certainly taken it forward by talking about a timeline as far as the trial of the Mumbai accused in Pakistan is concerned. Too much time has passed and there, I think, his saying that at least the judgment in the present proceedings will be completed over the next two, three months is a welcome statement.
Malik tried to equate the 26/11 attacks with Samjhauta and even made a reference to Babri Masjid. Do you see any merit in the argument?
If I was there, I would say, so what? So what if Samjhauta happened, Babri Masjid happened; what has that got to do with Mumbai? Every time you ask somebody why they've done something wrong, they can't count everything that you've done wrong in your life. There's no relevance. None of these events are events that we are happy about. None of these events are events that are not in an appropriate manner being made accountable. What has that got do with something for which the responsibility rests very clearly, as is being shown in their legal proceedings, on somebody who is on Pakistan soil?
What about his claim that only information, not evidence, has been given on the 26/11 masterminds?
It's obviously very disappointing. That's not fair because we have given more than enough evidence to begin the process. If he were to say that you can't conclude the process on this, that's another matter. But I think there is more than enough evidence to begin the process of making them accountable.
In the light of all this, what is our overall approach towards Pakistan?
We have agreed in strategic terms that we will continue to engage with Pakistan and work on those dimensions which are within our reach, without compromising on those that would require much longer dialogue.
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