PM asks Pak to curb anti-India activities

PM Manmohan Singh said friendly ties with Islamabad will be possible only when it ensures that its territory is not used for terror activities against this country.

New Delhi: Noting that India had a "tense" relationship with Pakistan, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday said friendly ties with Islamabad will be possible only when it ensures that its territory is not used for terror activities against this country.

The comments by the prime minister came at the Congress plenary which also asked Pakistan not to allow the use of its territory for attacks in India and to deliver with sincerity in dismantling the "syndicate of terror" operating from Pakistani soil.

While stating that India desired good relationship with neighbours, which are beneficial to all countries of the region, Singh said, "We have had a tense relationship with Pakistan. However we wish them well.
"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," he said addressing the Congress Plenary here.

A resolution on Foreign Affairs adopted unanimously at the Congress Plenary said, "Pakistan must deliver with sincerity its assurances to dismantle terror outfits, not to allow the use of its territory for attacks in India and bring to justice the perpetrators, masterminds responsible for the Mumbai carnage."

Congress also lauded the government`s efforts in exposing before the international community the "syndicate of terror" operating from Pakistani soil and effectively bringing the threat of terrorism on the global agenda.

Prime Minister Singh also said that India hopes to resolve in an atmosphere of friendship all outstanding issues with China.
Referring to Sino-Indian ties, he said, "We believe that there is a great potential for working together with China, especially in economic matters. We have some outstanding issues with them which we hope to resolve in an atmosphere of friendship".

The Prime Minister also expressed satisfaction that the leaders of all the five permanent member countries of the United Nations would have visited the country by the end of this year.

The resolution, moved by Union Commerce Minister Anand Sharma, appreciated that India has moved a comprehensive convention in the United Nations on international terrorism.

"India has now become a full member of the Financial Action Task Force which is a major step in checking the financing of terror and money laundering," the resolution said.

The 12-page resolution also commended the government for mobilising global support for comprehensive reforms in multilateral institutions, including the restructuring of the UN Security Council.

PTI