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Talks only if Pakistan shows willingness to fight terror, says Krishna

Source: PTI
June 12, 2009 14:20 IST
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India has said it would talk to Pakistan if it takes "credible steps" to demonstrate its willingness to fight terror both "within and without". External Affairs Minister S M Krishna, however, suggested that Pakistan had not done enough to bring to justice the perpetrators of Mumbai attacks and highlighted the release of Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed as a case in point.

"The very release of a known terrorist who was instrumental and masterminded the terrorist attack on India on 26/11 has certainly created doubts in us about the sincerity of Pakistan in dismantling the terror instrumentalities that have come up on the soil of Pakistan," he told Karan Thapar on Devil's Advocate programme on CNN-IBN. He said Pakistan could have made more serious attempts in fighting the case and "I believe that not enough was done in pursuing the case".

"That is what we expect from Pakistan. They should take some credible steps to convey to India that they are willing to fight terror both within and without," he said when asked whether New Delhi was expecting some reasonable movement from Islamabad to help resume dialogue.

"I think you have summed it up very well," Krishna said when asked if Pakistan responds well, India will be accommodating but if Pakistan is obstinate then India cannot be accommodating.

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