India to discuss Mumbai terror with UN chief Thursday

February 5th, 2009 - 1:00 am ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Feb 4 (IANS) Amid reports about Islamabad trying to delink itself from the Mumbai terror attacks, India plans to intensify international pressure on Pakistan during the day-long visit of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon here Thursday. The UN chief, who comes here after a short visit to Pakistan, will attend the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS), which focuses on addressing the issue of global climate change.

He will meet External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee and discuss with him a host of regional issues, including the resurgence of violence in Afghanistan and the situation in Myanmar.

Besides the UN reforms and the global financial issues, the Nov 26 Mumbai terror attacks will figure prominently in the discussions.

When Mukherjee meets Ban, he is expected to share with the UN chief the evidence linking Pakistani nationals to the Mumbai atrocity. Mukherjee is likely to discuss different avenues within the UN to intensify pressure on Pakistan to bring the perpetrators of the Mumbai carnage to justice.

India is carefully weighing the option of approaching the UN Security Council if Pakistan repudiates the evidence given by India that links elements in Pakistan to the attacks.

New Delhi is also said to be compiling a detailed list of individuals and entities based in Pakistan who have been involved in different attacks on India since the 2006 bombings on commuter trains in Mumbai.

In the coming days, the Indian government is expected to press the UN to include more such entities and individuals based in Pakistan to be included in the terror list of the UN.

The UN chief is also expected to meet the UN special envoy on Myanmar, Ibarhim Gambari, in New Delhi. Gambari, who is flying here after a trip to the junta-ruled Myanmar, will brief Ban on his talks with detained pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi and with Myanmarese officials on issues of democracy and human rights.

During his visit here last year, Ban had urged India to play a more proactive role in promoting democratic reconciliation in Myanmar.

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