India today asked Pakistan to rein in people like JuD chief Hafiz Saeed as their activities were not doing anything good for the relationship between the two neighbours.
Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao said that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh briefed U.S. President Barack Obama about the peace initiatives with Pakistan but made it clear that Islamabad should abide by its commitment of not to allow terrorism emanating from its soil directed against India.
When asked about Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik’s reported statement that it was not possible for either Pakistan or India to control the likes of Saeed, she said it was possible for Pakistan to control the activities of people like him who were not doing right for relationship between the two countries.
She said Home Minister P. Chidambaram during his trip to Pakistan had told them that it was India’s hope that Pakistan continues to pay attention to the activities of Saeed and it was still possible for Pakistan to take action against him.
“Our concerns about Hafiz Saeed have been very effectively conveyed to the Pakistani government and it continues to be our hope that Pakistan will pay close attention to what we are saying about individuals like Saeed,” Ms. Rao told reporters here while briefing them on Singh-Obama meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit.
“We think it should still be possible for Pakistan to put some control about the activities of such persons who are not doing anything good for the relationship between the two countries,” Ms. Rao added.