Pak told by Britain to eliminate terror: Gadkari

Britain has asked Pak to root out the entire terror set up in the country, according to Nitin Gadkari who met Foreign Secretary William Hague.

Updated: Jul 20, 2011, 16:40 PM IST

London: Britain has asked Pakistan to
take the killing of Osama bin Laden as an opportunity to root
out the entire terror set up in the country, according to BJP
President Nitin Gadkari who met Foreign Secretary William
Hague here.

Hague, who met Gadkari here soon after his meeting
with Yousuf Raza Gilani, told the visiting BJP leader that the
Pakistani Prime Minister assured him that the leadership in
his country was serious about tackling terrorism.

He said Pakistan was facing problems in tackling
terrorism as the government was not in control of the entire
territory and was facing attacks as well.

Britain has also told the Pakistani leadership that
both Delhi and Islamabad should resolve their problems and
cooperate with each other in economic field.

"We don`t have an answer to your bilateral issues, but
we do feel economic cooperation between the two countries
should be encouraged," Hague told the BJP president.

Hague also said that Pakistan should concentrate on
economic growth like India, and should promote economic
cooperation with its neighbour.

The British Foreign Secretary said that they have told
Pakistan to focus on reconciliatory efforts in Afghanistan and
use the killing of al Qaeda chief bin Laden as an opportunity
to root out terror networks from the country.

Gadkari urged Hague to use his influence with Pakistan
to ask it to dismantle its terror machine against India before
New Delhi could engage in a meaningful dialogue.

Gadkari told the British Foreign secretary, who
conveyed his condolences to him over the recent Mumbai terror
attacks, that any dialogue process would be meaningless until
Pakistan used terror as a state policy and terror groups like
LeT and JeM continued to remain offshoots of the ISI.

The BJP president, who is on a six-day visit to the
UK, during his 30-minute meeting exchanged views with Hague on
the entire gamut of Indo-British relations.

Gadkari conveyed to Hague, his party`s appreciation of
British government`s repeated advice to Islamabad to stop
exporting terror to India and other places.

"We believe that terrorism is a common concern for the
mankind and the war against terrorism can only be won by the
joint efforts of all countries concerned," he said.

He also told the British Foreign Secretary that
India`s opposition party was in favour of peaceful relations
with Pakistan, citing Atal Bihari Vajpayee`s peace initiatives
that were later derailed by the Kargil conflict.

The BJP, he said, would like Pakistan to fight poverty
and move ahead on the path of socio-economic development.

India would be willing to cooperate with Pakistan in
economic field if it gives up the path of confrontation and
terminate the proxy-war against India.

Hague told Gadkari that Britain fully supported
India`s case for a permanent seat in the UN Security Council
along with Germany, Japan and Brazil.

India has good political and economic strength and can
play an important role in the world affairs, the British
Foreign Secretary told the BJP president.

Britain would like to promote foreign policy
cooperation with India so that the two friendly democracies
could play a constructive role at the world forum, Hague said.

He said India has a vigorous parliament.
"Yours is more vibrant than us. There is great
friendship with India across the party line in Britain and all
the main political parties have strong support for the
country," Hague told Gadkari.

PTI