Asserting that peace with Pakistan cannot be “a one-way traffic”, Defence Minister A K Antony on Thursday asked Islamabad to take “strong action” against anti-India terrorist groups operating from its territory.
He also expressed concern about the Taliban targeting India. “The Taliban is a threat to world peace, a threat to our region and a threat to India,” said Antony, who is scheduled to meet US President Barack Obama’s national security adviser James Jones on Sunday.
Antony said he would discuss regional security, including Afghanistan, with Jones.
Addressing the military brass after inaugurating a two-day Unified Commanders’ Conference here, the minister said Pakistan’s — the internal turmoil there — could easily spill over to India. He also articulated concern over Pakistan inducting sophisticated military hardware in the name of fighting terror.
“We must be vigilant about the happenings on our western border, while at the same time try to make peace with our neighbour… Surely a pre-condition for peace lies in Pakistan taking strong action against anti-India terror groups.”
“It’s imperative for our armed forces to be prepared to face any challenge to our security that could affect growing economic prosperity,” Antony said. He added: “There is enough space for both (India and Pakistan) to grow into influential nations in the evolving international order.”