Meaningful Dialogue with Pak Not Possible till Terror Ends: Krishna

Union External Affairs Minister SM Krishna has said that India is yet to see some effective steps from Pakistan towards ending infiltration and dismantling terror infrastructure and “meaningful dialogue” cannot be possible till Islamabad implements its commitments on these counts.

While addressing the India envoys in New Delhi, Krishan said that India longs for resolution of differences with Pakistan through dialogue and has conveyed its willingness to indulge in meaningful discussions and develop bilateral relations in a “positive manner”.

“We have maintained that a stable Pakistan at peace with itself and the region is a desirable goal. We wish to address our differences with Pakistan through dialogue,” Krishna told the 112 Heads of Missions who have assembled here for a two-day conclave to discuss how India’s interests could be enhanced abroad.

“At the same time, we made it clear that a meaningful dialogue will only be possible following the fulfillment by Pakistan of its commitment not to allow its territory to be used for terrorist activities against India,” he said, adding that Pakistan must honour the pledges made in this regard.

Following the Mumbai attacks of 26 November 2008, Krishna said that Pakistan has taken “some steps under the pressure of evidence presented to them. However, we are still to see Pakistan take effective steps to end infiltration and dismantle the infrastructure of terrorism.”

The conclave will be addressed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday.

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