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‘Trust Pakistan, but be alert’

Last Updated: Monday, September 30, 2013 - 13:56

Zee Media Bureau/Tarun Khanna

New York: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who shook hands with Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Sunday with an aim to restore peace between the two nations, urged all to have faith in Pak while being prepared and keep verifying its actions simultaneously.

In an exclusive interview given to Zee Media, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said, “Prime Minister has advised to trust Pak, but to be alert at the same time.”

Calling the talks fruitful, Khurshid said, “If we can’t trust the Pak Prime Minister then whom should we trust and talk to? There is no other option.” He further added, “War is not a solution. The whole world wants the issues between the two nations to be sorted out through mutual talks. We can’t act adamant. It may turn the world against us and we may end up losing world’s entire support to our neighbour.”

On the other hand, Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani when asked about the outcome of the meet said that it would surely bear positive results and that both the nations shared their concerns and agreed on various vital points.

“Both the PMs discussed their issues of utmost priorities. Siachin and Mumbai attacks were also discussed,” Jilani said.

Yesterday, National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon while addressing the media had said that both the nations wish to see better Indo-Pak relations and both PMs have invited each other to visit their country.

He had also said that Sharif had shown positivity during the meet to take action against the perpetrators of Mumbai attacks. “Cross border terrorism was the main part of discussion,” Menon said.

First Published: Monday, September 30, 2013 - 13:08

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