The Intelligence Bureau Deputy Director Ashok Karnik said that it is cannot provide detailed evidence to Pakistan about ISI’s involvement in the July 11 Mumbai train blasts because “It would be difficult to say what is credible and what is clinching.” Therefore, he says that “It is not a viable proposal.”
Talking at a Press Institute of India and Indian Liberal Group symposium on “Terrorism—its causes and ramifications,” Karnik said while the joint mechanism to fight terror may stop cross-border terrorism, it will not stop local elements initiating terrorist activities with or without outside help. He recommended that Parliament enact laws that would prevent Government from negotiating with terrorists.
The controversy over whether India had “clinching” or “solid” or “credible” evidence was publicly discussed between confusing statements from National Security Adviser M.K. Narayanan, Home Secretary V.K. Duggal, and later Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The issue of terrorism is expected to be the key item to be discussed by Foreign Secretaries of India and Pakistan November 14-15 and the joint mechanism agreed to by Singh and Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf in Cuba will also be discussed.