FOR all the cooperation that Pakistan has shown in an attempt to unearth the forces behind the Mumbai attack so as to bring the bilateral relations back to the pre-incident level, the Indians keep stoking the fires of enmity and tension. External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee's baseless accusation against Islamabad of using "terror as an instrument of state policy" could only exacerbate the existing climate of distrust and hatred. One would be justified in suspecting that India is deliberately orchestrating the point of Pakistan government's role in promoting terrorism, without any evidence to substantiate it, to put off the resumption of composite dialogue. This ploy would help it avoid the embarrassment it feels in stalling solution of contentious issues by refusing to come to brass tacks. The terrorist outfit, the Liberation of Tamil Tigers, once a protg of New Delhi, has pointed a finger at India for masterminding the attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore on February 3. While denying its own involvement, it has charged India with scheming to subvert the good relations that Colombo has with Islamabad and also with Beijing. The similarities between the Mumbai and Lahore shoot-outs have already raised suspicion in the minds of the public and some sources have seen the hand of Indian spy agency RAW in the attack on Sri Lankan team. One would expect that the investigators would take up all available clues to determine which organisation, local or foreign, is responsible for the act of terrorism that has earned Pakistan worldwide humiliation. Meanwhile, before embarking on a visit to India for attending a four-day regional conference, "Challenge for Change", and delivering a series of lectures, former President Musharraf counselled both countries to resume the peace process and end "the state of cold war" that they had been in since 1947. But would the Indian leadership listen and resolve all disputes, including the core issue of Kashmir, in the interest of lasting peace in the Subcontinent essential for the uplift of the largest mass of poverty-stricken people living there?