However she was of the opinion that she did not expect the Pakistani officials to talk about the strategic link between then Pakistani state and militancy and terror and added that, “I think when they speak of the fact that non-state elements in this relationship need to be tackled, that we must look at safe havens and sanctuaries that we must look at fake currency, we must look at all the aspects that are concerned with the business of terror, I think that is a concrete development.”
On discussions about Headley’s revelations and about the ISI’s involvement in the Mumbai attacks, Ms. Rao emphasized that she wanted satisfactory linkages on the matter. She said, “But let me say that the fact that we are discussing the threat, the scourge, the evil of terrorism and the fact that it has ramifications that extend into the entire region, I think is a development we must take note of.”
She further indicated that there has been a good round of talks about the 26/11 trial at the Home Secretary-level. India has emphasized for concrete results on follow-up process at the moment about the 26/11 trial.
She remarked that India wanted a closure to all these issues and Pakistan is fully aware of these facts and talks especially at the Home Secretary Level have definitely helped this cause.
She further emphasized on the fact that policy making is a dynamic situation and changes do not happen overnight. Even though talks and discussions did not bring about any immediate changes, it is inevitable and it is necessary to have a realistic approach towards the situation.