India on Thursday slammed Pakistan’s crackdown against Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed and his aides as “cosmetic steps”, and said Islamabad’s sincerity will be judged on the basis of its taking “verifiable, credible and irreversible action” on terror and not “half-hearted measures”.
A day after the Punjab Counter Terrorism Department in Pakistan registered 23 cases relating to terror financing and facilitation against Saeed, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said India has seen such actions by Pakistan earlier too.
“Let us not get fooled by these cosmetic steps. We have seen the course of such actions in the past. We have seen where it goes, where it is headed. Pakistan’s sincerity to take action against terrorists and terror groups will be judged on the basis of their ability to demonstrate verifiable, credible and irreversible action on terror and terrorist groups operating from their soil, and not on the basis of half-hearted measures that they undertake to hoodwink the international community,” the spokesperson said.
He said what India is asking is “very simple. We want a normal relationship in an environment free from terror.”