Just about three months ago, on April 27 2009, I ended an article here on Balochistan saying “The Government of India obviously needs to address Dr Fair’s claim and seek to squarely refute what she has said in these remarks”. The American analyst Christine Fair had alleged Indian involvement in Pakistan’s problems in Balochistan, and this had been something gleefully taken up by the Pakistanis (almost on a par with the psychotic delusion on the part of some in Pakistan that the Taliban were really dressed-up Indians, see the quote from Jemima Khan’s brilliant reportage in my article).
On July 21, India’s top foreign ministry official finally responded saying: “…Prime Minister Gilani mentioned that Pakistan has some information on threats in Balochistan and other areas. Pakistan has been saying this but our hands are clean”.
Better late than never I suppose.
Subroto Roy, Kolkata.