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Kabul bombing put composite dialogue under stress: India


New Delhi : A day before a special meeting of their joint anti-terror mechanism, India Thursday again reminded Pakistan of its Jan 6, 2004, pledge not to allow its territory to be used to support terrorism against India and underlined that the bombing of its Kabul mission, in which New Delhi suspects the involvement of the ISI, has “brought their composite dialogue under stress”.

“Issues relating to terrorism in the recent past, including the suicide bomb attack outside our embassy in Kabul (July 7) has vitiated the atmosphere between the two countries and brought the composite dialogue under stress,” External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherejee said in the Rajya Sabha.

“India expects Pakistan to fully implement its commitment of Jan 6, 2004, not to allow territory under its control to be used to support terrorism in any manner,” Mukherjee said in response to questions on the sharing of information on terror cases between India and Pakistan.

India also expects Pakistan “to act on information which has been provided to it on terrorism related cases in meetings of the composite dialogue and of the joint anti-terror mechanism,” Mukherjee said.

He also reiterated India’s concerns over the violations of the ceasefire and the infiltration across the Line of Control.

India is likely to present “some evidence” of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) in the July 7 bombing of the Indian embassy in Kabul when the two countries hold the special meeting of the anti-terror mechanism here Friday.

Vivek Katju, special secretary in charge of political and international organisations in the external affairs ministry, will hold talks with the Pakistani delegation led by Aizaz Ahmad Choudhry, additional secretary in charge of South Asia, on issues relating to terrorism. The Pakistani delegation arrived in New Delhi Thursday for the talks.

The attack on the Indian embassy in Kabul, the first on an Indian mission overseas, killed an Indian diplomat and a military attaché. Intelligence intercepts by the US agencies, too had pointed to the involvement of the ISI in the Kabul attack.

Pakistan has, however, denied charges of any connection.

The two countries had agreed on a special session of the anti-terror mechanism during the talks between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari in New York Sep 24.

India and Pakistan have held three meetings of the joint anti-terror mechanism, set up in 2006, to enhance cooperation in the crucial area of counter-terrorism and to assist each other with specific information for preventing terrorist attacks.