With revelations made by David Coleman Headley to a Chicago court pointing to obliteration of the state-non-state actor distinction in acts terrorism emanating from Pakistan, India will take up the issue with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton when she visits New Delhi in July for a Indo-US strategic dialogue.
According to a top government source, the proceedings in the Chicago court against the conspirators of the attack on Mumbai strengthens the Indian assessment about ISI’s close links with terror outfits. “We have always held the view that ISI is working closely with terror outfits. Pakistan has a lot to answer,” said an official. In his testimony, Headley has revealed more details about close ties between the ISI directorate and Lashkar-e-Taiba, which carried out the Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people.
Headley said his ISI handler Major Iqbal made key decisions and was the mastermind of the Mumbai plot. But officials sources maintained that these revelations will not affect the engagement process with Pakistan.
“While we agree that Pakistan’s diabolic project cannot be glossed over, dialogue must continue.”
With Pakistani economy experiencing a meltdown of sorts and its stability become more fragile, New Delhi cannot afford to take a line that will strengthen the hands of the saboteurs in the neighbourhood. Economic Times