ON BOARD INDIAN PM’s SPECIAL AIRCRAFT: Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Saturday that he would continue to use bilateral dialogue process to press home the demand that Pakistan take action to curb activities of militant groups and would also mobilise world opinion to ensure the “terror machinery in Pakistan is effectively controlled”, the Hindu newspaper quoted him as telling reporters on his way back from a weeklong visit to Africa. Dr Singh gave no indication that a rethink of current dialogue-based policy towards Pakistan was on the cards. “It goes without saying that we must use every possible opportunity to talk to Pakistan and convince them that terror as an instrument of state policy is simply not acceptable to people in the civilised world as a whole.” “And as Pakistan’s neighbour, we have great worries about the terror machine that is still intact (there).” He said India had to work on two fronts. “One is bilateral negotiations with Pakistan. We must convince Pakistani leadership that it is in their own interest that they must help us in tackling the problem of terror in our region, and that those jihadi groups who target India (are)… effectively curbed and dealt with.” This was an ongoing process and India must use every opportunity it gets to drive home this point, he added. “The second front is global: The world has seen as never before that the epicentre of terror is in our neighbourhood, they appreciate India’s worry, and it should be our effort to mobilise world opinion to ensure that this terror machine which operates in our neighbourhood in Pakistan is brought under effective control.” The terrorist attack on the naval airbase in Karachi had shown that the monster of terrorism which Pakistan unleashed “is hurting them as much as it can hurt our country”, Mr Singh observed.—PPI
By: Dawn News