New Delhi: Not relenting on his anti-terror pitch, UK PM David Cameron publicly asked Pakistan to crack down on the Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT) and the Taliban after meeting Dr Manmohan Singh, at the end of his two day visit to India.
"The Pakistan government needs to crack down and
eliminate terror groups whether LeT, Afghan Taliban, Pakistan
Taliban. Pakistan has taken some steps but it needs to do
more, so that we can reduce and eliminate the threat of
terrorism, whether here in India, Pakistan or Afghanistan or
in the streets of London," he said.
When it was pointed out that Pakistan was angry over his
adverse comments made in Bangalore yesterday and attributed it
to his "inexperience", the 44-year-old British Prime Minister
said he believed in talking "frankly, clearly and openly".
“The right thing to do is to explain the situation as it is. LeT needs to be cracked down upon. I think the right thing is to have discussion with Pakistan frankly, clearly and openly. Next week, I will have discussions with President of Pakistan,” he said. Singh joined cause with Cameron and said India expects world community would promote India`s position that Pakistan will not allow its soil to be used for terrorism.
"Pakistan government has taken steps and it needs to take further steps to reduce terrorism in Afghanistan, India and the streets of London," he said. Cameron further said terror emanating from Pakistan was unacceptable, adding that to be fair, the latter has acted against terror in recent past. He also said the situation in Afghanistan was also discussed with Singh.
“We agreed that terrorism is the single biggest threat to the region and further intensify cooperation in fighting terrorism,” Singh said.
The Indian PM also said that he believed after 9/11, the world community has recognised that terrorism constitutes a very important threat to all civilised societies in the world. "Further there is an agreement that there is no cause is good enough to justify to resort to terrorism," he said.
India and Britain also decided to take their relationship to the next level by expanding ties in the fields of trade, science & technology, defence, culture.
“The meeting with Cameron this afternoon was very productive. His visit to India soon after becoming the PM of Britain shows the bond that our two countries share,” Singh told media persons at a joint press conference.
The British Prime Minister pitched for a permanent seat
for India in the expanded UN Security Council as he praised
the country`s dynamism, especially in the economic field.
Cameron also showered praise on his Indian counterpart
and said he could not wait to come back and
take further the relations between the two countries.
"I would also like to take this opportunity to praise
your wise, essential and thoughtful leadership that you have
given to us and myself in the G-20 and the great way you are
leading this incredible country and this massive democracy,"
he said while addressing a joint press conference with Singh.
The British Prime Minister said he could not wait to come
back and further the "winning" relationship.
Cameron also thanked the Indian Prime Minister for the
welcome extended to him and his delegation during his
three-day visit to India.