New Delhi: Three-day official visit of Pakistan’s interior minister Rehman Malik might be a very important step towards improving the relationship of both the countries. But it has raised several questions regarding India’s stand against terrorism.

One of them is whether India has forgotten 26/11 Mumbai attack, apparently planned, controlled and executed from Pakistani soil, which claimed more than 170 lives and left countless of people wounded.The Indian government, which once put an immediate stop to all goodwill gestures, trade links and political dialogue with Pakistan, is now extending its friendly hand. This despite the fact the Pakistan Government has so far not taken any satisfactory steps in this regard.

Not only this, Pakistan has been in denial mode and not ready to acknowledge the fact that Pakistani citizens were involved in the conspiracy. Despite India having sent a dossier which has proof about weapons, milk packets, satellite phones emanating from Pakistan, along with many other important evidences, Pakistan continues to harp about lack of evidence.  

The government of our neighbouring country has refused to take any action against the Lashkar-e-Taiba founder and 26/11 Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafeez Saeed by simply saying the evidences provided by the Indian government are not enough to prove Hafeez Saeed guilty in Pakistan’s court.

Regardless of all this, our government decided to soften its stand and invited Rehman Malik saying that handing over of Hafeez Saeed to India will be their top issue of discussion during the visit of Pakistan’s interior minister. But the talks seemed to be nothing more than a formality.

However, the government signed a new visa agreement and the visiting interior minister termed it as a gift from the leadership of both the countries to the future generation.

Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving gunman of 2008 Mumbai terror attack had confessed that he was trained in Pakistan. He had also revealed the involvement of Lashkar-e-Taiba in the attacks.

Though Kasab has finally been sent to the gallows and laid to rest in Pune's Yervada Jail but the question which arises is whether his execution is an end to India’s efforts to bring justice for the victims of 26/11 terror attack?

India should clear its stand on whether they want the perpetrators of 26/11 brought to justice or want to improve their relations with Pakistan, leaving behind the horrific incident of Mumbai terror attack.

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