In what appeared to be a response to the angry, urban public mood against his government, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh indicated on Friday that he would await the outcome of promises made by world leaders in tackling terror from Pakistan before revealing India's course of action.
“We expect the world community to recognise and other countries have come to the same conclusion that the territory of the neighbouring country has been used for perpetrating this crime,” Singh said at a joint press conference with Russian President Dimitry Medvedev.
“It’s the obligation of all countries concerned that the perpetrators of this crime are brought to book,” he said, adding: “We will wait for the outcome.”
“We have told the world that the people of India have felt a sense of hurt and anger as never before due to the Mumbai terror strikes,” the PM said at Hyderabad House. “We expect the international community to recognise that terrorism anywhere and everywhere constitutes a threat to world peace.”
Singh’s statement should calm fears about India planning to undertake punitive action against Pakistan in the wake of the 26/11 terrorist strikes in Mumbai.
“I conveyed to President Medvedev the sense of anger and outrage in India over the terrorist attacks. We deeply appreciate Russia’s expression of solidarity with India,” Singh said. “We both agreed that these attacks represent a threat to all open and pluralistic societies, and require a major intensification of efforts against supporters and perpetrators of terrorism,” he added.