Shimla: War hysteria was not a creation of India and Pakistan needed to act against perpetrators of the terrorist attack on Mumbai instead of trying to deflect global attention by whipping up hype, stated Anand Sharma, minister of state for external affairs.
Speaking to the media here on Monday, Sharma said after passing of resolutions in the UN Security Council, international law demanded that those responsible for the killing of innocent people in Mumbai need to be brought to justice.
In the face of grave provocation, India has shown remarkable restraint, which should not be mistaken for weakness, he said. War hype was being created by Pakistan, he added.
Evidence against the perpetrators of the Mumbai attack had been shared with the global community as well as Pakistan, which has remained in denial and brazen defiance of the global community. Our neighboring country needs to be pursued for demonstrative action, said Sharma.
He went onto add that terrorism should not be tagged with any religion for there was no cause that could justify it.
He said diplomatic initiatives were being taken to make Pakistan walk the talk. Responding to a question about India considering stopping trade and train service, the minister said that a lot of things were under active consideration.
Regarding the Iran-Pakistan-India gas pipeline under the given security situation, Sharma responded that whole project would need to be reviewed.
He said that lessons from the security lapses had been learnt and the process of fixing accountability was underway.
The election in Jammu and Kashmir had demonstrated the faith that people have in democracy and the nascent democracy of Pakistan needed to learn from it, he said.
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Spanning a career of over two decades in mass communication, as a Documentary Filmmaker, TV journalist, Print Media journalist and with Online & Social Media, he brings with him a vast experience. He lives in Shimla.