Pakistan’s Pursuit of Militant May Not Revive India Peace Talks
Pakistan’s detention of the top Islamic militant India blames for November’s guerrilla assault on Mumbai may not be the definitive crackdown India says is needed for progress in talks between them this weekend.
Foreign ministers from the nuclear-armed foes are to confer tomorrow in New York on resuming a five-year detente process that built trade and transport links between their countries. India broke off the talks last year after Pakistani gunmen, who Indian and U.S. officials say belonged to the Lashkar-e-Taiba (Army of the Pure) militant group, killed 166 people in a three- day siege of hotels and other sites in Mumbai.
Lashkar-e-Taiba’s founder, Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, “was the chief conspirator in the attack,” and India wants him prosecuted for it, Indian Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal this week. “India cannot be lulled into some kind of satisfaction” by Saeed’s confinement at home this week by police, he said.
Originally posted on Bloomberg