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Updated: September 19, 2009 20:22 IST

India wants Pak. to address terror concerns seriously

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A MATTER OF CONCERN: A Pakistani police officer inspects confiscated weapons displayed for media at a police station in Islamabad, Pakistan on Saturday. Photo: AP
A MATTER OF CONCERN: A Pakistani police officer inspects confiscated weapons displayed for media at a police station in Islamabad, Pakistan on Saturday. Photo: AP

Ahead of a meeting between foreign ministers of India and Pakistan in New York, New Delhi today said Islamabad should address in "full seriousness" concerns on terrorism directed from its soil and take satisfactory steps to end the menace.

It also said Pakistan should address the issue of violence from its soil.

"Our expectations are that Pakistan should focus sincerely and meaningfully to address our concerns on terrorism directed against us from there.

"This has been conveyed by the government and it is our expectation that Pakistan will address these concerns in full seriousness so that the outcome is to our satisfaction," Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao told reporters here.

She was replying to a question about Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Quershi's statement that he was not expecting any breakthrough from his meeting with External Affairs Minister S. M. Krishna on the sidelines of UN General Assembly in New York.

Ms. Rao said dates were being finalised for meetings between two Foreign ministers and between her and Pakistani counterpart Salman Bashir before that.

To a question on Pakistan's stand that stalling of the composite dialogue process would only help those elements against peace in South Asia, Ms. Rao said "engagement between India and Pakistan works in the long-term interest of both and a potential exists.

"But we cannot shut our eyes to the threat of terrorism from Pakistan. The Composite Dialogue process is contingent on an atmosphere free from violence. Pakistan should address squarely the issue of violence from their soil."

On the latest ceasefire violations from Pakistan, she said there have been incidents in the last few days besides higher levels of infiltrations. There have also cases of sniper and rocket firing from that side, she said.

"There are mechanisms. The Directors General of Military Operations have been in touch. It is the responsibility of Pakistan to see that whosoever is doing it from their side should not have a license to destabilise the situation," Ms. Rao said.

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