Prime Minister to meet Zardari

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    PM, Zardari to meet tomorrow, cross-border terror main agenda

    PM, Zardari to meet tomorrow, cross-border terror main agenda

    Ajay Kaul
    Yekaterinburg (Russia), Jun 16 (PTI) In the first high-level contact since the Mumbai terror attacks, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will meet President Asif Ali Zardari here tomorrow and make it clear that Pakistan should take steps to dismantle terror infrastructure on its soil.

    Singh, who arrived here on a three-day visit to attend two multilateral summits, is expected to convey "unhappiness" over Pakistan's inaction against terrorism directed against India.

    During the meeting with Zardari on the sidelines of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit, Singh will particularly express disappointment over the release of the Jamat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafeez Mohammed Saeed, who is believed to be one of those who had masterminded the 26/11 attacks, sources said.

    The meeting was sought by Pakistan when its High Commissioner in New Delhi Shahid Malik met Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon last week. India agreed to it, sources said, as it was felt that the two countries have to live as neighbours even though there are issues and problems between them. PTI
     
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    i wonder how much he will ask from MMS ?
     
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    Zardari seeks 'some time' to act against terror- Politics/Nation-News-The Economic Times

    Zardari seeks 'some time' to act against terror

    17 Jun 2009, 1723 hrs IST, PTI

    ON BOARD PM'S SPECIAL AIRCRAFT: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has asked Pakistan to show the same determination against terrorism directed against India as was being done in dealing with Taliban and Al-Qaida, responding to which President Asif Ali Zardari sought "some time".

    Singh laid down the yardstick for Zardari during their ice-breaking meeting yesterday in the Russian town of Yekaterinburg and told him that if Islamabad shows "courage, determination and statesmanship to take the high road to peace, India will meet it more than half the way."

    Speaking to accompaning journalists while returning from Yekateringburg after his three-day visit, Singh said Zardari talked about "difficulties" that his government is facing in fighting terrorism.

    "I explained to him that whereas Pakistan has taken strong and effective action against Taliban and Al Qaida, we have a strong feeling that those elements who are responsible for attacks in our country are not being brought to justice," Singh said.

    "We wish Pakistan well in dealing with Taliban but I would like Pakistan to show the same determination in dealing with elements who operate from Pakistani soil and commit acts of terrorism against India," Singh said.
     
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    Manmohan Singh's remarks unacceptable: Pak - Pakistan - World - The Times of India

    Manmohan Singh's remarks unacceptable: Pak

    17 Jun 2009, 1821 hrs IST, PTI

    ISLAMABAD: Apparently irked by prime minister Manmohan Singh's blunt message to president Asif Ali Zardari in front of media that Pakistan
    should not allow its soil for terrorism against India, Islamabad on Wednesday said his remarks were "unacceptable".
    In a statement made in the Senate or Upper House of Parliament, minister of state for foreign affairs Malik Ahmad Khan said Singh's comments made during his meeting with Zardari in Russia on Tuesday were unacceptable to Islamabad.

    During the meeting on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit in Russia, Singh told Zardari: "I am extremely happy to meet you, but my mandate is limited to telling you that the territory of Pakistan must not be allowed to be used for terrorism against India."

    Malik Ahmad Khan said Pakistan had asked the Indian government not to resort to "aggressive media statements" and clear the air by talking directly with Pakistan instead of using the media. "I would still ask India to come to talks as engagements would be fruitful rather than estrangements," he said.

    Pakistan will never allow any force to use its soil for terrorist activities directed against any country, he said.

    "During the past six months, Indian officials uttered some inappropriate statements about their certain reservations which were totally against diplomatic norms," Khan said.
     
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    Pakistan sought time to act against militants - India | Reuters

    Pakistan sought time to act against militants - India

    Wed Jun 17, 2009 8:10am EDT

    By Krittivas Mukherjee

    NEW DELHI, July 17 (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Wednesday that Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari had sought more time to act against anti-India militants because Islamabad's fight with the Taliban had entered a crucial phase.

    "He did mention to me the difficulties Pakistan is facing in controlling terrorism and asked us to bear with him, to give him some more time," Singh told reporters on his way back from Russia's Yekaterinburg, where the two leaders met on Tuesday.

    Singh's comments came a day after he urged Zardari to ensure Pakistan was not used to launch attacks on India.

    Their meeting, the first since last year's attacks on Mumbai, marked a tentative thaw in relations but stopped well short of reopening a peace process that India had put on hold after the Mumbai assault.

    India blames Pakistan-based anti-India groups for attacking Indian cities and named the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group as responsible for the attack on Mumbai which killed 166 people.

    Pakistan says it is investigating the Mumbai attacks, even while it struggles to push back a growing Taliban insurgency.

    Security forces have made progress in more than a month of fighting against militants in Swat. The militants have responded with a string of bombs in towns and cities.

    Pakistani military has been ordered to go on the offensive against Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud in his stronghold in South Waziristan on the Afghan border.

    "I explained to him that whereas now Pakistan has taken effective action against the Taliban and al-Qaeda, we have a strong feeling that those elements who are active in perpetrating terrorist acts in our country ... (are) not being brought to justice," Singh said.

    He said India would not close channels of communication with Pakistan and would continue to try to make peace with it.

    "We have often said we can choose our friends, we have to live with our neighbours, and therefore, it is obligatory on us not to close channels of communication," Singh said.

    Singh's comments hold out prospects of more talks between officials of the two countries and their leaderships.

    An Indian official told Reuters on Tuesday Singh and Zardari would meet in July in Egypt, which is hosting the Non-Aligned Movement summit.
     
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    India puts Pakistan to terror test, sets mid-July deadline- Hindustan Times

    India puts Pakistan to terror test, sets mid-July deadline

    Indo-Asian News Service
    On Board Air India One, June 17, 2009
    First Published: 14:46 IST(17/6/2009)
    Last Updated: 18:05 IST(17/6/2009)

    A day after his meeting with Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari in Russia, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Wednesday put Pakistan to the 'terrorism test' and said he had agreed to give Islamabad "some time" to take action against anti-India terror outfits before the two leaders meet again in Egypt mid-July.

    Disclosing the details of his first meeting with Zardari since the November 2008 Mumbai attacks in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg Tuesday, Manmohan Singh said he told the president that India expected Pakistan to show the same "sincerity and determination" against these terror outfits as it had in tackling the Taliban and the Al Qaeda on its western flanks.

    Signalling his willingness to make another effort at making peace with Pakistan, the prime minister said he would wait for the outcome of the talks between the foreign secretaries of the two countries, who are expected to meet later this month, before taking a decision on resuming the composite dialogue mid-July.

    "The purpose of this meeting (between foreign secretaries) is to find what Pakistan has done and what it plans to do on terrorist activities against India," Manmohan Singh told reporters on board his special plane while returning home from the Russian city of Yekaterinburg.

    "I told him that we will like to see tangible steps. There is a time. We will take stock of the situation," he replied when asked if there was a timeline for resuming the talks before he meets Zardari again on the sidelines of the Non Aligned Movement (NAM) summit in Egypt July 15-16.

    The decision to depute the foreign secretaries to discuss terrorism was taken at the Yekaterinburg ice-breaker meeting that lasted for 40 minutes.

    It started with Manmohan Singh telling Zardari upfront that India expected Pakistan not to allow its territory to be used for terror attacks against it.

    "Zardari told me the problems and difficulties he faces and said he needed more time (to tackle terror). I explained to him why Pakistan has taken effective action against Taliban and Al Qaeda. We have a strong feeling that the elements who perpetrated terror attacks against India are not being brought to justice," he said while drawing an important distinction with Pakistan's crackdown on the Taliban militants, reportedly under Western pressure.

    "We wish Pakistan well in dealing with the Al Qaeda and Taliban. I would like Pakistan to show the same sincerity and determination in dealing with terrorists who operate against us from their side," he said.

    "We discussed India-Pakistan relations which remain under considerable stress and strain. The primary cause, as explained earlier, are terrorist attacks in India from the Pakistan territory."

    "The government of Pakistan needs to take firm and strong action to prevent terror attacks against India, to bring to justice those involved in the Mumbai massacre and to dismantle the infrasructure of terrorism," the prime minister replied when asked whether he was looking for specific markers before taking the crucial decision on whether to resume the dialogue process with Pakistan next month.

    Unveiling his vision of a cooperative subcontinent, Manmohan Singh said it was in the interests of the two countries and the region to make another effort at making peace.

    "I have spoken before also about my vision of a cooperative subcontinent and the vital interest people of the subcontinent have in peace. For this, we must try again to make peace with Pakistan."

    "But for this, it is essential that strong and effective steps are taken by Pakistan against the enemies of peace," said Manmohan Singh.

    "If the Pakistani leadership shows courage, determination and statesmanship to take the high road to peace, India will meet it more than half the way," the prime minister said, echoing his policy speech in parliament June 9.
     

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