No major breakthrough is expected in talks between Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Dr. Manmohan Singh on Sunday as the latter told the UN General Assembly that while he reciprocated Nawaz's sentiments on forging a new beginning, the epicentre of terrorism located in Pakistan was a major hindrance in improving relations between the two countries, was the conclusion drawn by media even before the talks could happen.
"Singh acted like a village woman" - Nawaz Sharif
Singh said that state sponsored cross border terrorism was of particular concern to India, while addressing the audience during the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the United Nations. "It is important that the terrorist machinery that draws its sustenance from Pakistan be shut down," he said.
While asserting that he wanted all issues with Pakistan to be resolved, Singh also claimed that Jammu and Kashmir was an integral part of India and that the country will never compromise on its territorial integrity.
"For progress to be made, it is imperative that the territory of Pakistan and the areas under its control are not utilised for aiding and abetting terrorism directed against India," Singh said, adding that he was looking forward to meeting with Nawaz on Sunday.
Sharif said that he had highlighted the Kashmir issue during his address to the UN General Assembly in a bid to remind the UN that it should implement the resolution passed by its Security Council.
Talking to NDTV, Nawaz brought out his frustration by saying that he regretted that Singh had used his meeting with US President Barack Obama to malign Pakistan and make false accusations against the country.
"Singh acted like a village woman when he complained against Pakistan to the US. If India has issues with Pakistan, it should take them up with us, not America," he told NDTV.