National Security Advisor MK Narayanan confessed that he lives in daily dread of a terror strike which could match the 26/11 terror attacks. Talking to Karan Thapar in CNN-IBN show Devil’s Advocate, Narayanan doubted the credibility of the FIRs filed by Pakistan against Hafiz Saeed, the alleged mastermind of Mumbai terror attacks.
Here is an excerpt of the interview –
Karan Thapar: How seriously scared are you that there could be a second major Mumbai like strike on India?
MK Narayanan: Here you are asking me a question that I live in almost daily dread that something that I am looking at or the Home Minister P Chidambaram. The Home Minister takes a daily meeting at which I am also present and when he is not there I take that meeting. We get so many pieces of intelligence which pass across our table, many you can sort of weed out but as I said there are quite a few which if they are not able to nip it in bud can turn dangerous. However, it is difficult to say whether we will have another Mumbai because I think we are better prepared perhaps for that kind of situation, but it could be quite serious.
Karan Thapar: US President Barack Obama was once quoted as saying that Pakistan scares him. Does Pakistan scare you?
MK Narayanan: Pakistan may not scare me but some of Pakistan's actions scare us, because I don't think this really adds to anything except creating problems for us.
In an apparent contradiction to the stand taken by Chidambaram who said that Pakistan’s FIRs against Hafiz Saeed was the first positive step, Narayanan said that it does not add any credibility to Pakistan's commitment to act against the Mumbai accused.
MK Narayanan: If you take the Saeed dossier that has been provided to Pakistan, I think we have marshaled what I would call Grade 1 evidence. You have the evidence from three people, three human beings, three admittedly terrorists - Kasab, Fahim Ansari, Soharabuddin - who talked of what Saeed had come talked to them, what he had said etc. This is apart from other connecting evidence. I agree one can never be assure what a court would with that kind of evidence but if you are not even willing to test that it certainly leaves in our mind a big question mark about where Pakistan stands on terrorism.
Karan Thapar: On Thursday, Pakistan has filed two FIRs under the Anti-Terrorist act against Saeed but they are not in any way connected with the accusations that he faces for the Mumbai terrorist attack of 2008. Do you see that as a first positive step or from India's point of view is it irrelevant?
MK Narayanan: I think the latest one doesn't really add to any credibility in my opinion.
Karan Thapar: It does nothing to add to Pakistan's credibility at all?
MK Narayanan: Yes, at least as far as the Mumbai terrorists are concerned.