New Delhi, Feb 26(ANI): External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna on Friday said that India has clearly stated its continuing concerns on terrorism in a forthright manner to Pakistan.
Making a suo motu statement in the Parliament a day after both the countries held Foreign Secretary level talks in the national capital, Krishna said that India and Pakistan held a frank, constructive and useful meeting, where the Indian delegation reiterated the need to fulfil the repeated assurances given by the leaders of Pakistan not to allow the use of Pakistani soil for terrorist activities against India.
"The invitation to the Pakistan Foreign Secretary (Salman Bashir) should be seen in the context of Government's desire to ensure communication between the two countries, to address the core concerns relating to terrorism directed against us from Pakistan, and pending humanitarian issues," Krishna said.
He also emphasised that India is looking forward to Pakistan's action against the perpetrators of the 26/11 attack on Mumbai, including Hafiz Saeed and Lashker operatives Muzzamil, Abu Hamza, Abu Khafa and Usman.
"While noting the steps taken so far by Pakistan regarding the Mumbai terrorist attack, it was conveyed that these steps did not go far enough to bring the perpetrators of the Mumbai terrorist attack to book in an expeditious and transparent manner, nor are these steps enough to unveil the full conspiracy behind the attack," Krishna said.
"Our Foreign Secretary also stressed the need for Pakistan to take effective action to ban the anti-India activities of organizations such as Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), which has been proscribed by the Al-Qaida and Taliban Sanctions Committee established under the UNSC Resolution 1267, and their leaders who have openly and blatantly espoused an agenda of violence and terrorism against India, and also to dismantle the infrastructure of terrorism which continues to exist in the territory under Pakistan's control and used against India," he added.
Krishna further said that concerns regarding increased infiltration into India and ceasefire violations by Pakistan across the Line of Control (LoC) were also conveyed.
"The Indian side called upon Pakistan to investigate the claims made in the territory under Pakistan's control owning the responsibility for the recent Pune blast. Additional information on terrorist activities against India emanating from Pakistan was also handed over to the Pakistani side for investigation and appropriate action," he said. (ANI)