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India to ''test'' Pakistan's sincerity in curbing terror: PM

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London, May 5 (UNI) Declaring that India will ''test'' Pakistan's sincerity in checking infiltration of terrorists, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said the ongoing peace process would not ''get off the ground'' unless Islamabad reined in the jehadi elements.

''Pakistan says they have applied a lot of restraint on the terrorist element. We will test this,'' Dr Singh told Financial Times.

Without specifying the nature of test Pakistan would be subjected to, he blamed Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Toiba for the killing of 35 innocent citizens near Doda, Jammu and Kashmir, last Sunday.

The peace process ''cannot get off the ground unless terrorist elements are under control,'' the Prime Minister said.

He further clarified that he could not carry the Indian public with him on the peace talks if innocent Indian citizens were being killed ''day in and day out.'' Virtually confirming that he would be visiting Pakistan later this year, he said dates were yet to be finalised.

''I am not going there for a holiday. There must be substantive negotiation.'' Earlier, officials had said the Prime Minsiter going to Pakistan would depend on the level of infiltration during the summer when such movements register a jump due to melting snows in the mountain passes in the Kashmir valley allows easy passage.

Dr Singh told the daily that India would be vigilant in monitoring movements across the Line of Control during the May-October period.

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