All options open if Pakistan does not act: Pranab

January 10th, 2009 - 6:00 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Jan 10 (IANS) India is keeping all options open if Pakistan does not act against perpetrators of the Mumbai terror attacks but it will not resort to Israel-type military strikes, according to External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee. In an interview on CNN-IBN channel Saturday, Mukherjee stressed that India was keeping options open if Pakistan did not act upon the evidence linking Pakistani nationals to the Mumbai carnage.

“All options are open. We have not reached the end of the road,” he said.

“Pakistan, what they have asked for, we have given them. We expect them to act on it. If they don’t act on it, what follow up steps we take at what space of time will take place, future course will decide,” he said.

Pakistan has said it has responded to the 26/11 dossier Indian Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon gave to Pakistan’s High Commissioner Shahid Malik Monday. India says it is yet to receive the response.

Mukherjee, however, ruled out Israel-type military strikes against Pakistan.

“I don’t agree to that because this is totally wrong and the situation is not at all comparable. I have not gone and occupied any of Pakistan’s land which Israel has done. So how can the situation be compared.”

Mukherjee described the sacking of Pakistan’s National Security Adviser Mahmud Ali Durrani as “an unfortunate situation”.

“This is really an unfortunate situation. But we have no option. We shall have to deal with only the government of the day,” Mukherjee said, according to excerpts released by the news channel.

“Whether the government of the day holds real power or not, it is not for me to judge. It is for the people of Pakistan to judge. It is for the authorities in Pakistan to judge,” he said.

Durrani was sacked Wednesday after he told a TV channel that Ajmal Amir Kasab, the lone Mumbai attacker in Indian custody, was indeed a Pakistani.
This was reiterated by Pakistan’s foreign office.

Durrani’s sacking sparked speculation about a possible rift between conflicting centers of power in Pakistan with some analysts suspecting the hand of the military in the decision.

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