Islamabad: It is a positive sign that India has risen above the blame game and New Delhi has decided to go ahead with the foreign ministers’ talks despite the Mumbai blasts, a leading Pakistani daily said Saturday.
An editorial in the Dawn said: “As tragic as Wednesday`s triple blasts in Mumbai were, no headway has as yet been made into identifying the perpetrators.”
“What is welcome though is that the Indian government has ignored the knee-jerk reactions of some of the hawks in the opposition and the media who have pointed a finger of blame at Pakistan without evidence, and has decided to go ahead with the foreign ministers’ talks scheduled later this month.”
Three blasts in Mumbai Wednesday left 19 people dead and nearly 130 injured. It was the worst terror attack in the city after the November 2008 savagery.
The editorial said that in an atmosphere where terrorism has often derailed the peace process, “it is a positive sign that India has risen above the blame game”.
It noted that the shift in the Indian policy was highlighted by Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao, who has said that Pakistan had `altered’ its stance on terrorism.
“Following the earlier Mumbai attacks, Pakistan-India relations had hit a new low as Pakistan-based militants were accused of masterminding the atrocity,” Dawn noted.
“It took a meeting between prime ministers Yousuf Raza Gilani and Manmohan Singh in the Bhutanese capital of Thimphu on the sidelines of a SAARC summit in April 2010 to melt the ice,” it added.
The editorial pointed out that the last time the foreign ministers met in Islamabad in July 2010, “the meeting was far from successful”.
It went on to say that “the peace process must continue. Neither government can afford to play into the hands of non-state actors”.