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Thursday, July 14, 2011

13/7 MUMBAI TERROR ATTACKS: a ploy to derail India-Pakistan talks?

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India has scrupulously avoided pointing a finger at Pakistan for the serial blasts in Mumbai on Wednesday evening, but the terror attack which occurred barely a fortnight before the meeting of foreign ministers of the two countries here has raised suspicions about whether some right-wing elements were trying to derail the revived peace process.
After cold-shouldering Pakistan's overtures for talks for over two years following the 26/11 Mumbai terror spree, India decided to revive the peace process with its estranged neighbour in February.
Since then, the foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan held talks in Islamabad last month and agreed on some cross-Kashmir and nuclear confidence-building measures to bridge the post-26/11 trust deficit.
The Islamabad meeting set the stage for the talks between the foreign ministers of India and Pakistan on July 26-27. As the blasts took place barely a fortnight before Pakistan's foreign minister comes here for talks, some analysts, speaking on condition of anonymity, speculated whether it was a handiwork of those trying to derail the peace process between the two neighbnours.
In his condemnation of the attacks, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh scrupulously avoided even the vaguest insinuation about the involvement of Pakistan-based elements in the attacks. When contacted, officials of the external affairs ministry also declined to speculate.

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