India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Monday that friendly ties with Pakistan can only come when Islamabad ensures its soil is not used for “terrorist” activities against Indian targets.
“We want friendly relations with Pakistan. But we know this will be possible only when our neighbour will see to it that its territory is not used for terrorist activities against us,” Singh told a ruling Congress party meeting.
India is still pressing Pakistan to bring to justice the alleged masterminds of the 2008 Mumbai attacks, which killed 166 people. The attacks are blamed on outlawed extremist group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).
Singh’s remarks came as the Congress party passed a resolution that called on Pakistan to “deliver with sincerity on its assurances to dismantle terror outfits.”
Singh also said there was “great potential for working together with China, especially in economic matters.”
Speaking on the heels of last week’s visit by his Chinese counterpart to New Delhi, the prime minister said India has “some outstanding issues with them (the Chinese) which we hope to resolve in an atmosphere of friendship.”
Last week, Singh and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao agreed to double bilateral trade to 100 billion dollars by 2015.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 21st, 2010.
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