THE Indian Prime Minister's alarming statement on Monday that a terrorist group in Pakistan was planning an attack in India would at best be taken as an example of imagined fear or an attempt at keeping Pakistan under pressure unless it shares with it the "credible information" he has to support the contention. That would make it possible for Pakistan to trace the militants and scuttle their designs. Dr Manmohan Singh and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani had agreed when they met at Sharm El Sheikh last month to exchange such intelligence, and issued a joint statement to that effect. Its relevant portion reads, "The two countries will share real time, credible and actionable information on any future terrorist threats." Thus, one would have expected the Indian Prime Minister to pass the intelligence on to Islamabad through diplomatic sources rather than make the scary announcement at a conference on national security attended by chief ministers. Irked by Dr Singh's remarks, Pakistan summoned the Acting Indian Deputy High Commissioner to the Foreign Ministry to ask for the relevant information, adding "...for our part we stand ready to cooperate fully in pre-empting any act of terror." According to private TV channels, Pakistani officials were annoyed over the fact that while relations between the two countries were on the mend, the Indian Prime Minister should be choosing to express unsubstantiated apprehensions of a terrorist attack. But Dr Singh did not stop there. While acknowledging that the situation in Kashmir had improved, he alleged that there had been a surge in crossborder infiltration and that the infiltrators were "more battle-hardened, better equipped and in possession of sophisticated communication". Interestingly, while the Indian Prime Minister was raising the scare of a terrorist attack, his Home Minister maintained that there was no danger of such an imminent incident. There appears to be little doubt that New Delhi wants to take full advantage of the predicament Islamabad is in, and add the factor of tension from its side. Already, it is actively engaged in fomenting trouble in Balochistan and aiding and abetting the militants in the tribal belt adjoining Afghanistan. As Pakistan has for some time been raising the issue of Indian involvement and urging the US to rein in its strategic partner, Dr Singh might have felt that it would take up the matter with Mr Holbrooke, currently in Islamabad, and thought the allegation would tend to sidetrack the exposure of its misdeeds. It is time India realised that though in the short term it could complicate matters for Pakistan, in the long term, peace and understanding it would serve the interests of both.