No peace talks unless Pak acts against perpetrators of Mumbai attacks: PM

April 15th, 2009 - 4:41 pm ICT by ANI  

Manmohan Singh New Delhi, Apr 15 (ANI): Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh today said that no effort can be made to have peace talks with Pakistan unless Islamabad takes strict action against the perpetrators of the Mumbai terror attacks.

Interacting with members of the Editors Guild of India, Dr. Singh rejected as “not true” Pakistan’s contention that India has not provided sufficient evidence to Pakistan in connection with the 26/11 attacks.

“The present situation is so long as Pakistan chooses to allow its territory to be used against India, no negotiation can take place.

“We are for engagement with Pakistan, but Pakistan must prove its sincerity by bringing the perpetrators of 26/11 attacks to book,” he said.

Dr. Singh said in the last five years India has tried to resolve all areas of contention with Pakistan and “at one time it appeared I was about to succeed in 2007,” but then President Pervez Musharraf got into problems with the Chief Justice of Pakistan.

Replying to a question, the Prime Minister said India was interested in a stable, prosperous, moderate and democratic Pakistan and that it gained nothing from the collapse of its neighbour.

“We will like sooner or later to carry out the process of reconcialiation but so long as Pakistan allows it territory to be used against India, we cannot resume the dialogue process,” he said.

Commenting on the nuclear assets of Pakistan falling into the hands of jihadi elements, Dr. Singh said “this danger is there definitely.”

But Dr. Singh added that India has been assured that that the nuclear assets are in safe hands. (ANI)

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