Agencies, New Delhi
Despite the Pakistan Government dithering on the issue of punishing those guilty for the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, as was evident from statements of Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik, the Congress today said that the process of dialogue with Islamabad should continue.
‘’We do not accept the attitude of the Pakistan Government on the issue. However, whatever be the attitude of the Pakistan Government, there has to be discussion between the two countries.
The dialogue between India and Pakistan should continue and will continue to maintain a peaceful atmosphere in the subcontinent,’’ AICC spokesperson P C Chacko told newspersons here.
On charges by the BJP that the Government did not do proper homework before holding talkks with the Pakistan Minister, Mr Chacko said,’’it was the Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik who came here without proper homework and made unnecessary statements.
He made statements without proper homework because they were factually wrong.’’ In this context, Mr Chacko said that when asked to substantiate with proof his statement that the Pakistan Government had arrested Saeed thrice but had to release him for want of ‘substantial evidence’, he gave papers to India pertaining to detention of Saeed in 2002 and 2009.
‘’From the papers, it is clear that the detention in the mentioned cases was for other reasons and not for his role as a conspirator in the 26/11 attacks,’’Mr Chacko said.