We've not diluted position on Pak: Manmohan Singh

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New Delhi, July 29 (ANI): Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has reiterated in Lok Sabha that India will not hold any talks with Pakistan unless the neighbouring country stops allowing its territory to be used by anti-India terror outfits.

"It is impossible for any government in India to work for full normalisation of relations with Pakistan unless that country fulfils commitment to not to allow its territory to be used for terror against India and I told that to the Pakistan PM in Egypt," Manmohan Singh said in the Parliament.

Responding to the allegations and questions raised by the Opposition, Dr. Singh dispelled reports that Pakistan has handed over any dossier on Balochistan to India.

That is our position and we have not diluted it, he insisted. We can truly live in peace if the government of Pakistan follows its commitments in letter and spirit.

"Gilani brought up the subject of many Indian consulates in Afghanistan and I told him we have been there since 60 years and this is not a recent happening. We are therefore willing to discuss everything because India does not have anything to hide," he added.

People of India expect Pakistan to fulfil the commitment given in the joint statement of Vajpayee-Musharraf that Pak will not allow its territory to be used for terror against India. That is a common national consensus in India, Dr. Singh said.

The PM also said that the UPA government had made Pakistan, for the first time in history, to share its investigation in terror attacks against India.

"The dossier handed over to us by Pakistan gives the details about how 26/11 was planned in Pakistan, about the investigation by FIA, a copy of the FIR against the accused, details of finance operations, literature in navigation etc. Lakhvi and Zarar Shah have been caught as masterminds and 13 others have been declared proclaimed offenders under the Anti Terrorist Act and other relevant laws of Pakistan," Dr. Singh said.

That, he said, was much more than the NDA government ever could extract out of Pakistan.

"Unless we talk directly to Pakistan, we will have to depend on third parties. That has severe limitations and involvement of foreign powers in South Asia is not to our liking," he added. (ANI)

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