New Delhi, Aug.18 (ANI): Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor on Tuesday said that the Indian Government expected Pakistan to act firmly and stop the export of terror from its soil.
Responding to Islamabad's strong words of condemnation on Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh's warning of possible terrorist plots being hatched again in Pakistan, almost ten months after 26/11, Tharoor told ANI TV: "We hope that the Pakistan Government will do everything in their power to prevent any terrorist organization based on their soil from doing harm to our citizens and our country."
Tharoor also said that New Delhi has taken serious note of Islamabad's demand that the former share information about alleged terrorist plots being hatched in Pakistan.
Emphasizing that the Indian Prime Minister is sticking to his fundamental desire for maintaining peaceful relations with all neighboring countries, including Pakistan, Tharoor said: "The PM at no point has attacked the Government of Pakistan. The PM said that we have credible information that there are threats to our country from terrorist organizations based in Pakistan."
"PM has made it very clear that until visible action is taken against the perpetrators of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, it will be difficult to have meaningful talks with Pakistan," External Affairs S.M.Krishna also said here during a book launch function.
The comments from the two ministers were a reaction to Pakistan saying that it has taken the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh's remarks 'very seriously', asking New Delhi to provide information regarding Pakistan based terrorists planning fresh attacks against India.
Talking to the media on the sidelines of a function at the Foreign Services Academy, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said India must share the information supporting Dr. Singh's statement, in accordance with the Sharm-el-Sheikh agreement.
"We can't take any such statement lightly. Pakistan wants peaceful and friendly relationship with all its neighbors and that's why it wants that the misunderstandings should be ratified. So, let's see what they respond to us," Qureshi said.
On Monday, India's Deputy High Commissioner, P. Kumaran, was summoned to the Pakistan Foreign Office by Director-General of South Asia, Afrasiab Hashmi where he was told categorically that both India and Pakistan had agreed in Sharm-el-Sheikh to share information regarding terror threats.
"In all sincerity, we would request India to share real time information that they have and for our part we stand ready to cooperate fully in pre-empting any act of terror," Hashmi said.ashmi said Islamabad needed credible information to crackdown on extremists planning attacks on India.
Foreign Office spokesperson Abdul Basit said Dr.Singh's remarks 'warranted serious and prompt attention.'
Speaking after inaugurating a Chief Ministers' Conference on Internal Security in New Delhi, Dr. Singh, on Monday, had said there is credible information that terrorist groups based in Pakistan were planning to carry out fresh attacks in India and advocated the need for utmost vigilance.
Dr. Singh said: "We have put in place additional measures after the last year's Mumbai terror attack. But there is need for continued vigilance. The area of operation of these terrorists today extends far beyond the confines of Jammu and Kashmir and covers all parts of our country."(ANI)