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India unsure of Zardari's ability to fight terror

india Updated: Sep 28, 2008 21:53 IST
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India unsure of Zardari's ability to fight terror

New Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari is keen in trying to improve Indo-Pak relations and it came through clearly during his talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh but it remains to be seen whether he will be able to implement anti-terror measures, official sources said on Sunday.

The sources said the joint statement after Zardari-Singh talks was a great step where Zardari was willing to say something in public to take on terrorism.

With Zardari making it known that he is only a 14-day president, India was not anxious to put him on the dock on terrorism issues, the sources said.

The President is committed but it remains to be seen whether he will implement the anti-terror measures, the sources said. Pakistan's resolve to jointly fight terrorism along with India was music to India's ears, the sources said.

The sources said both Bush and Singh were not sure if Zardari will be able to deliver on his promises.

Giving some more inputs on the talks between the Prime Minister and US President George W Bush, the sources said Iran did not figure and the Indian delegation was surprised when it did not come up. The sources said there was no attempt to impose ideas on India and there was no pressure on what positions it should take on international issues.

With Bush in the midst of strategies to deal with financial meltdown, sources said National Security Adviser MK Narayanan was asked by the Prime Minister to get in touch with his US counterpart Stephen Hadley and explore the option of shortening the meeting of the two leaders and cancelling the dinner if required to enable the President to be focussed.