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Act Against Terror: Krishna Tells Pakistan

External Affairs Minister S M Krishna said in the Rajya Sabha that the biggest “confidence building measure” that Islamabad can take was to prevent any future terrorist attack on India. He also asked Pakistan to take “credible and firm action” against terrorist groups, including the Jaamat-ud-Dawa (JuD), and its leaders like Hafiz Saeed.

But “unfortunately, Pakistan becomes subjective whenever we bring Saeed and others in discussion. We certainly would like Pakistan to be helpful and cooperative with India so that we can live in peace with each other,” he told the Rajya Sabha. “Terror is our core concern whenever we have talks with our counterparts in Pakistan,” he said.

Krishna said India is willing to hold sustained dialogue with Pakistan if Islamabad guarantees that its “soil will not be used for terrorist attacks (against India) and fomenting anti-India feelings.” The attack in Mumbai was a point where New Delhi had to discontinue the composite dialogue, he pointed out.

“The biggest confidence building measure that Pakistan can take is to prevent any future terrorist attack (on India) and prevent speeches made by Jihadi forces,” Krishna said, adding, “We would like to have friendly, cordial and cooperative relations with Pakistan.” Reacting to a BJP member’s remark that dialogue with Pakistan was meaningless, he asked him to “suggest a viable option”.

The minister said he had conveyed India’s willingness to have further interaction on pressing humanitarian issues “as part of a step-by-step, graduated and forward looking approach to expanding dialogue to cover all issues of mutual interest and concern.”

 

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