New Delhi: Despite harsh comments and stern reactions made by Pakistan after Osama bin Laden was killed by the US Navy on its soil, India preferred to be silent in a bid not to aggravate relation with the neighbouring country.

India even chose to overlook Pakistan Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir’s statement that the demand of bringing culprits of 26/11 to book was outdated.

Speaking with Dainik Jagran, former Indian Foreign Secretary Shashank said India’s view on Pakistan shows its inability to take bold decisions and there is no synchronisation in the statements made by the government.

Notably, Union Minister for Home Affairs P Chidambaram had strongly reacted after the news of Osama’s killing by the US forces in Pakistan, while Ministry of External Affairs and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh chose to strike balance during delivering their reactions.

The reaction on Osama’s killing from Indian diplomatic circle also came in low key.

While Bashir stated that India’s demands for punishing the culprits of 26/11carnage were antediluvian, top Indian diplomatic sources said this should not be confined to any time-frame going by the gravity of the incident which claimed lives of many innocent people.

Former Indian High Commissioner in Islamabad Satish Chandra Gambhir said that the Indian establishment had no plans to act against terrorism and Pakistan.

“It looks as if India wants to improve ties with Pakistan and has forgotten the planned attacks by Pakistan since 1993,” said Gambhir.

However, Indian diplomatic circle has its own logic. According to sources, the relation between the two countries, though chequered, requires dialogue which cannot be ignored.

It is easy to make stern comments but difficult to solve complicated relations, they said.

According to them, statement made by Bashir is just to hide Pakistan’s faults, so it is unnecessary to pay much heed to it.

JPN/Bureau