Shashi Tharoor says India committed to promote peace with Pakistan

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New Delhi, Jan 12 (ANI): Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor has said India remains committed to long-term peace with Pakistan provided the country dismantles militant infrastructure on it soil.

Addressing a memorial lecture here on Monday, Tharoor said: "India remains committed to long term peace with Pakistan...there is no Indian threat to Pakistan on any ground whatsoever. The need is for consolidated action against terrorists wherever their operations are."

"Our position articulated (by) our Prime Minister is that we can have a meaningful dialogue with Pakistan only if they can fulfil their commitment with a ...spirit not to allow their territory to be used in any manner for terrorist activities against India," he added.

He further said that the Mumbai terror attacks and the overwhelming evidence of the involvement of elements in Pakistan in executing it and in the conspiracy that planned, funded and launched it were a serious setback to the process of dialogue with Pakistan. "Pakistan's evasive responses and denials in response to our requests for cooperation in exposing the conspiracy behind the Mumbai terror attack and bringing all its perpetrators to justice have not helped our bilateral relations.

That is why there has been a pause in the Composite Dialogue Process," he added. (ANI)

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