India gains international support to pressurise Pak

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Pranab Mukherjee
New Delhi, Dec 22: India is now gathering international support to build up pressure on Pakistan to act against the terrorism in Pakistan in the wake of Mumbai terror attacks.

External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee will on Monday, Dec 22 inaugurate the meeting of over 120 Ambassadors and High Commissioners convened for the first time in UPA's term to build diplomatic consensus and apply more pressure on Pakistan to act against the perpetrators of terrorism operating from its soil.

The meeting comes after New Delhi sent a message to Islamabad on Sunday, Dec 21 to 'act or face the consequences'.

The Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the External Affairs Minister are expected to outline the steps that India has taken to improve ties with Pakistan and how the neighbour has failed to reciprocate the gestures in terms of ending terrorism.

The intent is that the envoys should highlight these aspects in the countries where they are posted, as part of efforts to build pressure on Pakistan to end terrorism.

Though the meeting was planned much before the Mumbai terror attacks took place, terrorism and the diplomatic drive launched by India asking Pakistan to act against the perpetrators of terrorism operating from its soil is expected to dominate the proceedings.

Singh as also Mukherjee will tell the envoys about how they should present India in the present global scenario when terrorism and financial crisis are posing greatest challenges to the world.

OneIndia News (With inputs from Agencies)

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