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Hafiz Saeed's public appearance exposes Pakistan; experts say no talks


Surya Gangadharan,CNN-IBN
Aug 09, 2013 at 11:57pm IST

New Delhi: Even as Pakistan talks dialogue and there is an Intelligence Bureau alert on Haifiz Saeed, the Lashkar-e-Toiba chief was seen leading Eid prayers in Lahore. The LeT is suspected in both the attack on Indian consulate in Jalalabad and in the recent killing of jawans on LoC.

Saeed, who figures in a list of India's most wanted, was seen leading Eid prayers at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. This, when Afghan intelligence have told New Delhi that the attack on the Indian consulate in Jalalabad last week was the work of the Lashkar.

The Lashkar is already suspected to have played a role in the ambush and killing of five Indian Army jawans on Tuesday in Poonch. Experts here have warned that India cannot afford to remain supine and must retaliate.

"We need to be much more proactive. We do need to be supine and should not be in the board of talk. Talk is good but only if there is reciprocity in terms of action on the grounds to put down terrorism," said ex-high commissioner Satish Chandra.

"Why does Pakistan want to talk with India when it knows the talk will not deliver?" said Ajit Kumar Doval, former Intelligence Bureau chief.

"They should have realised that there should be change in policy as terrorism has returned after Musharraf left. It is not necessary for us to continue dialogue," said former Pakistan envoy, G Parthasarathy.

Others say Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will be increasingly hemmed in by the military intelligence establishment and it will severely restrict his space for peace with India.

The scenario in that sense is all too familiar. A political and diplomatic dialogue with Pakistan going nowhere in the face of repeated low level attacks on the Line of Control.

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