Pak action against terror necessary for resumption of dialogue
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Last Updated: Saturday, April 17, 2010, 08:25
  
Brasilia: Though it has been persistently demanding action against JuD chief Hafiz Saeed, India has made it clear that it wants Pakistan to go beyond to demonstrate that it has taken "credible action" against terrorism which is necessary for resumption of full-fledged dialogue.

New Delhi is clear that only action against Saeed, the mastermind of the Mumbai terror attacks, would not change its approach towards Pakistan and that the country needs to do more in ending terrorism directed against India.

Action against Saeed could be useful to indicate that something is being done against terrorists. But it does not mean that all is well and that the Composite Dialogue process can resume, sources said.

They said action against Saeed might show "some degree of will" on part of Pakistan to act against those behind terrorist activities in India.

"Even if Hafiz Saeed is removed from the world, that will not be the solution to the problem," the sources said.

They pointed out Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's statement on Wednesday that Pakistan needs to take credible action against terrorism directed towards India before dialogue can be resumed.

Singh had also said some of the people behind the Mumbai carnage are "roaming freely" in Pakistan.

The sources were evasive on whether Singh will meet his Pakistani counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani in Bhutan during the two-day SAARC Summit beginning April 28, saying there was still time.

They, however, noted that Singh and Gilani had "conversation" twice in Washington during their two brief encounters earlier this week on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit.

PTI


First Published: Saturday, April 17, 2010, 08:25


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