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`No result from talks unless Pak abandons terror`

Any engagement with Pakistan, be it by India or the US, is unlikely to yield result unless Pakistan abandons its policy of supporting terrorism as an instrument of state policy, senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley said.



Washington: Any engagement with Pakistan, be
it by India or the US, is unlikely to yield result unless
Pakistan abandons its policy of supporting terrorism as an
instrument of state policy, senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley
said here on Thursday.

"My party`s position is that we fully endorse to what we
had fully agreed with Pakistan in January 2004... that
conditions precedent for any composite dialogue would be
Pakistan not allowing its territory to be used for terror,"
Jaitley told reporters.
"There are others who still see virtues in engagement.
The Government of India is at least at the level of Foreign
Secretary is engaging them. Some sections of the global
community, the United States engages them," he said in
response to a question.

"So our expectations from those who are in engagement
that the principal purpose of engagement is to enforce what
Pakistan has publicly stated.
If we can’t state that then I will keep my figure crossed
with regard to the possible outcome of such an engagement,"
Jaitley, the Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha said.

Noting that Pakistan has not lived up to the commitment it
made in January 2004 to not allow its territory to be used
against India, Jaitley said: "We believe that for any
engagement.... it is extremely important that Pakistan
demonstrates that is now moving away from the traditional
attitude it had and the role that it had in relation to
encouragement to terror from within its own territory".

PTI

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