REFERRING to High Commissioner Wajid Shamsul Hasan's unauthorised remarks about the Mumbai attack enquiries, for which he was required to submit an explanation to Prime Minister Yousaf Reza Gilani, Indian National Security Advisor M.K. Narayanan observed that it was "part of the dysfunctional manner" in which several things are taking place in Pakistan. From the contradictory statements issued by Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Mr Narayanan on the Pakistani response to the Indian dossier, one is forced to conclude that the state of functioning is hardly any better on the Indian side either. Mr Narayanan is confident that Islamabad appears to be taking things seriously and is "proceeding in a manner one would expect an investigating agency to proceed." Further that Pakistan has responded promptly to the Indian dossier and it is in fact New Delhi which has yet to reply to Islamabad's second set of queries. Mr Mukherjee on the other hand maintains that Pakistan has neither responded officially to the dossier nor informed India of the outcome of its investigation. There is a perception that Mr Mukherjee is consciously falsifying the facts in view of political exigencies generated by Indian general elections due to be held by May this year. The Congress-led ruling coalition faces a number of odds as it prepares to contest the elections. There is the factor of incumbency, for instance, which has plagued Indian elections since 1990. The global economic downslide is also hurting the Indian economy. Even before the Mumbai attacks, over 200 people had died in terrorists attacks mounted by numerous militant groups operating in the country. The Mumbai attacks have provided an opportunity to the BJP which has already flagged terrorism as an issue of the campaign to project the Congress-led coalition as being soft on terrorism. Mr Singh's government thinks the dynamics of the fast approaching elections require that it must ratchet up rhetoric against Pakistan, ignoring its efforts to discover those behind the attacks. Recently the BJP's L.K. Advani called on Dr Singh to tell people how his government intended to "deal with Pakistan in the last few month of his tenure". Under the circumstances, there is little likelihood of New Delhi showing satisfaction with anything done by Islamabad. Given the situation, Islamabad should continue its investigations in a thoroughly professional way. Instead of trying to satisfy India, which is impossible, it should aim at convincing its friends and allies of the sincerity of its efforts through a thoroughly honest and transparent probe. If a case is established against any individual or group of being connected with the Mumbai attacks, strict action should be promptly taken in accordance with Pakistani laws.