This, or something similar to this like saying the usual excuse that the attack was carried out by ânon-stateâ actors, was expected from Pakistan. When India first offered it evidence of involvement of terror groups in their country, Pakistan was skeptical. But it participated in the charade to come to India for a first hand enquiry due to international spotlight on the attack. It has gone back to form by trying to pass off the attack as one stage managed by India.
By now, it should be clear to India as well as the international community, that Pakistan is not, and cannot be, serious about owning up and dismantling the terror network it has helped build against India. But Pakistan will continue this as long as the international community fails to understand that terror is not country-specific and is fast becoming a global phenomenon with highly networked groups helping each other. It will also continue its nefarious activities as long as it manages to fool the international community by projecting itself as the aggrieved (on its western border with Afghanistan) although it is the aggressor (on its eastern border with India).
It serves the purpose of Pakistanâs politico-military establishment to continue engaging India in a shadow war through the highly radicalized and motivated terror groups. For all practical purposes, these groups are owned and operated by the Pakistani army. Yet, when matters come to a head, captured terrorists are disowned for being ânon-stateâ actors. As long as the international community does not recognize the charade and puts pressure on Pakistan to stop harbouring such groups, there will be no respite for India.