Pak-India talks to begin amidst calls to fight 'monster of terrorism'

Defence Secretaries of two countries meet as Manmohan Singh expresses worries about "terror machine" in Pakistan.


Agencies May 29, 2011

NEW DEHLI: Pakistan's Defence Secretary Syed Athar Ali arrived in New Delhi on Sunday to hold talks with his counterpart, even as India's top leadership continued to mount pressure regarding terrorism within Pakistan.

The 12th round of talks between Pakistan and India, being held after a gap of four years on May 30th and 31st, is part of the larger effort by the two sides to resolve outstanding issues between the two countries.

The Pakistani delegation received a warm welcome when it arrived here. The delegation included Major General Ashfaq Nadeem Ahmed, Major General Munawar Ahmed and Mir Haider Ali Khan.

‘Pakistan must 'wake up' and tackle terror’

India's prime minister called on Pakistan to wake up and tackle the "monster of terrorism" that threatens not only itself but the South Asian region, a report said Saturday.

"As Pakistan's neighbour we have great worries about the terror machine that is still intact in Pakistan," Premier Minister Manmohan Singh was quoted as saying by the Press Trust of India.

Singh, who was returning home from Africa after a six-day trip, used his strongest language yet about militant activities in Pakistan.

"The more I see of what is happening in Pakistan, the more I am convinced that Pakistan's leadership must now wake up," to the threat posed by militants, Singh said.

New Delhi has long accused its neighbour of harbouring militant groups, but analysts say it is becoming increasingly concerned that growing unrest in Pakistan could compromise the safety of the country's nuclear arsenal.

India was particularly alarmed by a 17-hour Taliban siege of a strategic Pakistan naval air base last weekend in which heavily armed militants destroyed two surveillance planes and killed 10 personnel.

New Delhi has also been shaken by the revelation that Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, killed by US forces earlier this month, was living in a Pakistani military garrison town just two hours' drive from the capital Islamabad.

"We must convince Pakistan it is in their own interest that they must help us in tackling the problem of terror in the region," Singh said in the report.

Pakistan needs to "recognise this monster of terrorism which they unleashed at one time is hurting them as much as it can hurt our country," he added.

India broke off formal peace talks with Pakistan after the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people and which New Delhi blamed on the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba guerrilla force and the Pakistani intelligence service.

COMMENTS (40)

Feroz | 10 years ago | Reply Manmohan Singh is a pacifist who is disliked because he is one. He is friendly towards Pakistan because he was born there. As an Indian I may dislike his policies but Pakistan may not get anyone better to negotiate with. That he is getting on in years and probably serving his last term means time is not on our side. Let us not fool ourselves about Kashmir. In a plebiscite polls show 75% want independence, only 25% opting for India or Pakistan. This is not acceptable to either country nor the international community which is not favourably inclined to creation of another state. India has protected the status of Kashmir by preventing Indians from buying property and settling there. Please compare with what China did to Tibet by swamping the place with Han Chinese. So Kashmiri's must be made to feel at home by both India and Pakistan so they feel they have not only Kashmir but two countries they can call their own. Violence cannot succeed.
G. Din | 10 years ago | Reply @Mohan Ram: "....they could have waited for two years for election to take place in Kahmir at which time the Kashmari people could have decided the fate of the state." Please acquaint yourself with the history of Kashmir problem. For your information, Kashmir elected a Constituent Assembly with the express purpose of writing a constitution of the state, the only one which has one. In the constitution of Kashmir, there is a reaffirmation of Kashmir's accession to India. If Pakistan does not accept the validity of such affirmation in Kashmir's constitution, why do you think they would accept any decision of Kashmiris in an election to be held later? Pakistan will never be content with any thing less than Kashmir handed over to them on a platter. That is NEVER going to happen!
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