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Pak Prez asked for time to deal with terror: PM

Jun 17, 2009 03:25 PM IST India India
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On Board Air India One: After some tough talking on Tuesday, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday favoured peace with Pakistan but made it clear that Islamabad should take "strong and effective" actions to end terrorism against India like it has done with Taliban.

Manmohan Singh said action on Pakistan's part will create the right atmosphere for the resumption of the stalled bilateral dialogue.

The Prime Minister while flying back from the Yekaterinburg summit said, "Pakistani President told me of the efforts he was making to deal with terror. He told me that he was sincere with his intentions in dealing with terror."

Singh and Zardari met in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg, barely minutes after the SCO summit they attended as observers. Their discussions focused on terrorism that comes from Pakistan's soil despite assurances to the contrary.

"He has told me categorically that he will not let Pakistan be used for terror against any country. We should not prejudge anyone," the PM said.

Singh said Zardari promised action but it could take time as the Pakistan President was facing problems back home. Zardari however said that his intentions were sincere.

The highlights of the meeting between the two heads of the state were:

  • The Prime Minister confirmed the need to keep communication channels with Pakistan open.
  • The foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan will meet to discuss terrorism by the end of the month.
  • Pakistan has been told that tangible action should be taken against terror groups.
  • Pakistan should deal with anti-India groups in the same manner they are dealing with al-Qaeda and Taliban.
  • India is willing to walk half way on the road to peace.