Toronto: India on Monday told the US that
Pakistan should realise the importance of the disclosures made
by LeT operative David Headley and take action against
terrorism emanating from its soil directed towards it.
India's concerns were conveyed by Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh to US President Barack Obama during a half-hour
meeting between them on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit here.
Briefing reporters about the meeting, Foreign
Secretary Nirupama Rao said the two leaders discussed the
situation in the region and they spoke of counter-terrorism in
Afghanistan to stabilise the situation there.
Singh briefed Obama about the peace initiatives with
Pakistan but made it clear that Islamabad should abide by its
commitment of not to allow terrorism emanating from its
soil directed against India.
The activities of Headley came up for discussion in
the light of information coming out of Pakistani-American LeT
operative and the two leaders also went over the fact whether
Pakistan is serious in using this information in tackling
terror in the region.
The Prime Minister told Obama that while peace
initiatives had their place, it was for Pakistan to show
whether it was serious about using that information to tackle
terrorism in the region.
To a question, Rao said the issue of extradition of
former Union Carbide Chief Warren Anderson did not come up
during the meeting.
When asked about Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman
Malik's reported statement that it was not possible for
either Pakistan or India to control the likes of LeT chief
Hafiz Saeed, she said it was possible for Pakistan to control
the activities of people like Saeed who were not doing
right for relationship between the two countries.
She said Home Minister P Chidambaram during his trip
to Pakistan had told them that it was India's hope that
Pakistan continues to pay attention to the activities of Saeed
it was still possible for Pakistan to take action against
The Foreign Secretary said the meeting between Singh
and Obama was marked with warmth and cordiality.
They referred to the strategic partnership between the
two sides and expressed satisfaction over the current
momentum of the relations.
They discussed the situation in Afghanistan and
resolved to fight terrorism.
Obama said he was looking forward to his visit to
India in November and the Prime Minister emphasised that India
was preparing eagerly for the visit.
The President, his wife and their children would be
received very warmly in India.
First Published: Monday, June 28, 2010, 15:04