NEW DELHI: Former UN Under-Secretary and Indian diplomat Shashi thawar has said that Indian military aggression against Pakistan in the wake of Mumbai attacks would be a foolish step. Talking to an Indian private TV channel on Saturday, he said that the terrorist forces wanted to drag both the countries into a war as it is in the favour of these forces.
He said that India should avoid war as it would harm both the countries severely; however, he urged Indian government to trust Islamabad’s cooperation offered by the Pakistani government many times. New Delhi should acknowledge Islamabad’s steps against Jamaat-ud-Dawa as its offices were sealed across the country and its major leaderships was either put under house arrest or in jails. He said that international community unanimously showed its sympathy with India after Mumbai attacks as Jamaat-ud-Dawa was banned.
India should not ignore the fact that Pakistan itself is the victim of the terrorism as PPP late leader Benazir Bhutto lost her life in such attack as well as in Marriott Hotel suicide attack and others incidents thousands of Pakistanis had already lost their lives, he added. It is pertinent to mention that Thawar was Indian candidate in elections for UN Secretary General in 2006.-SANA