Ahead of his meeting with US President Barack Obama on the sidelines of the G-20 summit, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday rejected calls for resuming dialogue with Islamabad.
Singh said Pakistan would first have to take “visible action” against those behind last year’s attacks on Mumbai.
The Prime Minister’s assertion came in response to questions from reporters on sidelines of the civil investiture ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan hours before he left for the G-20 Summit on Tuesday.
Regional security issues including the situation in Pakistan and Afghanistan are expected to prominently figure at his meeting with the US President.
“They have to show visible results with regard to investigation in the 26/11 attack and that the government of Pakistan is doing everything possible to bring culprits to book,” Singh said, responding to Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari’s emphasis on early resumption of composite dialogue process.
Singh said Islamabad should convince New Delhi about their “sincerity and determination” to deal with the menace of terrorism. But he emphasised that India and Pakistan would have to jointly face the scourge of terrorism. “I sincerely wish that the government and the people of Pakistan will have the courage and resources to defeat the forces of terrorism,” he said.
Asked about Varun Gandhi’s remarks, Manmohan Singh said he was more sorry than angry by his utterances but distanced the Centre from the Mayawati government’s decision to invoke the National Security Act against him. Singh said this was a decision of the state government, not the Centre.
“If whatever has been attributed to Varun is correct, it is unfortunate as he represents the distinguished legacy of Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and his father who fought for promoting communal harmony. I am feeling more sorry than angry,” he said.