Ascertaining that there is greater appreciation in international community of the threat to the region and the world from terror emanating from Pakistan, India on Thursday said it expects Islamabad to take "decisive and credible action" against all terror groups operating from its territory.
Calling the attack in Mumbai as a deliberate plan to retard India's economic progress, the Government said terrorists from Pakistan have continued to attack India despite solemn commitments given by Islamabad at the highest level that it will not allow its territory to be used against India in any manner.
The sharp comments on Pakistan's role in fomenting terrorism in India were the highlight of President Pratibha Patil's customary address to joint sitting of Parliament, the first this year and the last in the current Lok Sabha.
In her more than hour-long address, she also touched upon the global economic downturn but expressed confidence that the Indian economy would grow at a relatively high pace of 7.1 per cent in the financial year of 2009.
Recounting the record of the Government in the last nearly five years, Patil said "looking back, we see hope. We have not only withstood the challenges but also emerged stronger."