Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday condemned the terrorist attacks in J&K and said such acts would not succeed in “derailing the efforts to find a resolution to all problems through a process of dialogue.”
He termed the attacks as a barbaric act and ‘a provocation by the enemies of peace’. The Prime Minister made the statement on way to Washington from Frankfurt on Thursday. He left for the US on Wednesday to attend the UN General Assembly meeting, during which he would hold talks with President Barack Obama besides having a dialogue with Nawaz Sharif.
In an oblique reference to Pakistan, Singh said India was firmly resolved to combat and defeat the “terrorist menace that continues to receive encouragement and reinforcement from across the border.”
“Such attacks will not deter us and will not succeed in derailing our efforts to find a resolution to all problems through a process of dialogue”, the Prime Minister said.
“This is one more in a series of provocations and barbaric actions by the enemies of peace. We are firmly resolved to combat and defeat the terrorist menace that continues to receive encouragement and reinforcement from across the border”, Singh said.
“No words are strong enough to condemn the heinous terrorist attack on Hiranagar Police Station and the Army camp at Samba in Jammu and Kashmir this morning. I convey my heartfelt condolences to the families of the brave army and police officers, as well as the innocent civilians martyred in this cowardly attack”, said Singh in his statement.
The meeting between Singh and Sharif is scheduled on September 29. Sources said the Indian side would see
what the new Pakistan Prime Minister, who had made "some nice statements" about the relationship, has to offer to address its concerns over ceasefire violations on the Line of Control and International Border, continued terrorism and inaction against the perpetrators of the 2008 Mumbai attack.
The bilateral relations soured after five Indian soldiers were killed by Pakistani troops along the Line of Control last month. India has also been urging Islamabad to take steps to stop terrorism emanating from Pakistani soil and to prosecute those responsible for the 2008 Mumbai attacks.
Earlier, external affairs minister Salman Khurshid, who is accompanying the Prime Minister, said, "The work that we have done on this meeting (between Singh and Sharif) includes conveying the expectation of some signal, addressing our concerns, which essentially are accountability for 26/11, people who are involved in planning and executing, who happen to be either in the custody of Pakistan or on their soil. We are looking for accountability."
He, however, voiced caution and said the meeting between the two Prime Ministers should not be expected to address all issues and concerns.
"If they (Pakistan) have a problem with terrorism at their end, this should really be an incentive for them to come transparently and talk to us, find a joint approach to tackling terrorism...the terrorism that is directed towards India is what we are immediately concerned about," he said.
"We have always consistently said it is important that the atmospherics be appropriate. The atmospherics show a clear indication of desire to overcome the elements of negative nature that we have had to encounter over the past few months," Khurshid added.
(With inputs from agencies)