“Pakistan should dismantle terror outfits”

October 04, 2013 11:21 pm | Updated November 16, 2021 07:48 pm IST - Brussels:

President Pranab Mukherjee has said Pakistan has long committed itself that it will not allow its territory to be used by forces inimical to India, and therefore suggested that it has to take responsibility for non-state actors operating from its territory.

Speaking to Euronews, a local TV channel, the President said India had no option other than pursuing peace with Pakistan because of the imperative of living in peace with a neighbour. However, he quickly added, Pakistan must help in that process by dismantling all infrastructure used by terror outfits.

“Even if you concede that there was no direct state-sponsored terror coming from Pakistan, how do you explain so much terror emanating from non-state actors in their territory? They don’t fall from heaven,” Mr. Mukherjee quipped somewhat sarcastically.

The Pakistan government, he said, had responsibility to curb non-state actors spreading terror, pointing out that it had committed itself way back in 2004 to dismantling all terror outfits operating from its territory. Mr. Mukherjee hinted that any progress in India-Pakistan talks would happen only if Islamabad met that commitment.

Top News Today

Sign in to unlock member-only benefits!
  • Access 10 free stories every month
  • Save stories to read later
  • Access to comment on every story
  • Sign-up/manage your newsletter subscriptions with a single click
  • Get notified by email for early access to discounts & offers on our products
Sign in


Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide by our community guidelines for posting your comments.

We have migrated to a new commenting platform. If you are already a registered user of The Hindu and logged in, you may continue to engage with our articles. If you do not have an account please register and login to post comments. Users can access their older comments by logging into their accounts on Vuukle.