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Needs some time to act against terror, says Zardari

Last updated on: June 17, 2009 19:25 IST

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, Al Qaida 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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