The first meeting of the Joint Anti-Terrorism Mechanism
(JATM) was held in March 2007, in the backdrop of the tragic Samjhota Express incident, and defined the parameters of bilateral anti-terror cooperation.
These developments are positive as this region needs a joint anti-terrorism mechanism
in order to fight the hydra of terrorism.
At a time when terrorism is a major threat to both countries, India has used the unfortunate Mumbai attack not only to freeze the peace process but also to halt the two mechanisms putting place for counter terrorism discussion and cooperation namely the meetings of the Interior Secretaries and the Joint Anti-Terrorism Mechanism
. While Pakistan has taken all possible measures on its side in relation to the Mumbai attack, India is short sightedly trying to use this incident to polemicise against Pakistan.
"We offered to India joint investigation, [and] also suggested to them to convene and activate the joint anti-terrorism mechanism
"If India is serious about this then they should respond to our suggestions, and proposal that the Joint Anti-terrorism Mechanism
should be activated, should be revitalized so that our two countries can jointly work again terrorism and extremism," it added.
The resumption of Composite Dialogue and re-activation of Joint Anti-Terrorism mechanism
offer avenues of pragmatic cooperation including counter-terrorism.
Pakistan and India joint anti-terrorism mechanism
exists and provides a viable avenue to address mutual concerns, he said.
However, after meeting on the sidelines of a Nonaligned Movement summit in Cuba, President Musharraf and Indian Prime Minister Singh announced a resumption of formal peace negotiations and also approved implementation of a joint anti-terrorism mechanism
. The Composite Dialogue then resumed after a four-month hiatus.
He said resumption of the Composite Dialogue and re-activation of the Joint Anti-Terrorism mechanism
offer avenues of pragmatic cooperation, inter alia, including on counter terrorism.
To another question he said joint anti-terrorism mechanism
established with India is standstill due to discontinuation of dialogue process and Pakistan hopes an early resumption of talks that would also help moving forward this mechanism.
However, after meeting on the sidelines of a Nonaligned Movement summit in Cuba in September, President Musharraf and Indian Prime Minister Singh announced a resumption of formal peace negotiations and also approved implementation of a joint anti-terrorism mechanism
. The Composite Dialogue resumed in November after a four-month hiatus when Foreign Secretary Khan paid a visit to New Delhi for talks with his Indian counterpart.
"This reinforces what we have been underscoring all along that terrorism is our common enemy and we need to have cooperative engagement within the framework of Joint Anti-Terrorism Mechanism
, established in September 2006," Basit added.