Peace process on hold till Pakistan acts against terror: Antony

April 20th, 2009 - 7:29 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, April 20 (IANS) India will not take the sub-continental peace process forward until Pakistan acts against the terrorists operating from its territory, Defence Minister A.K. Antony said Monday.
“We will not take the peace process with Islamabad further till it takes stern action on terrorism emanating from its soil,” Antony told a conference of the Indian Air Force (IAF) top brass here.

The India-Pakistan peace process came to a grinding halt following the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks that India blames on elements operating from Pakistani territory.

The defence minister also asked the IAF commanders to strike a fine balance between plugging gaps in the procurement procedures and optimising transparency and fairness in defence dealings.

Antony also lauded the significant contribution made by the IAF’s transport and helicopter fleet during the Mumbai terror attack, as also during rescue and relief operations in Bihar, Orissa and Uttar Pradesh.

Over the next three days, the commanders will discuss and debate some key issues related to re-orienting the IAF’s operational thinking.

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