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India waiting for credible action by Pakistan against terrorists: Krishna

india Updated: Jul 06, 2009 03:21 IST

India is "very cautiously" and "responsibly" evaluating the conflicting signals emanating from Pakistan on punishing the perpetrators of the Mumbai terror attacks and was waiting for its "visible and credible" actions against them.

Voicing his disapproval over the release of JuD leader Hafeez Saeed, External Affairs Minister S M Krishna on Sunday said India has not yet received any official communication about Pakistan government's appeal against the release of the terror mastermind in a higher court.

"The brain behind the terror attack has been released. We have not heard about Pakistan government taking it up in an appeal. So, in the light of that conflicting signals are emanating from Pakistan," he told PTI on his way back from his four-day trip to Japan.

Krishna said India has to "very cautiously and responsibly" evaluate these signals.

Asked about the "credible action" India expects from Pakistan, he said "well, it is very simple, we want perpetrators of the attack on Mumbai to be brought to justice. That is the only thing India is asking for and we are waiting."

"I have repeatedly said that it has to be visible and it has to be credible. There must be some commitment on the part of Pakistan that they are going after the Mumbai attackers," he underlined.

Krishna said if required he would meet his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi on the sidelines of the Non-Aligned Movement summit meeting in Egypt later this month.

"If there is a requirement, I will be too willing to meet with the Foreign Minister of Pakistan. Anyway, we are going to be under the same roof. So, let us see how things move on," he said, adding that India has never hesitated from holding talks with Pakistan at any level.

"I don't think that some of the other developments, parallel developments which have taken place in Pakistan would add credibility to Pakistan's desire for the Composite Dialogue to move forward," he said.

On suggestions from the international community that India should talk to Pakistan, Krishna said New Delhi has never said no to talks with Islamabad.

"India has never said no to talks with Pakistan. India has taken a very consistent position that we will talk. But we will talk about terror. We will discuss about terror. India is ever willing to talk about terror," he underlined.

On US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's visit, Krishna said he had spoken to the American leader and was looking forward to it.

The Minister said he would raise the issue of terrorism emanating from Pakistan with Clinton when she visits New Delhi later this month.

Asked whether he would convey India's unhappiness over Pakistani inaction to Clinton, Krishna said the two sides would be "looking at" terror during the course of their discussions.

"We will be looking at terror per se because terror has become one of the most hot topic of discussions with foreign ministers. So, while dealing with terror, naturally, Pakistan assumes importance," Krishna stressed.

The Minister did not agree with the projection by Pakistan about Kashmir being the key issue between India and Pakistan.

"I do not know whether I would agree with the projection that Kashmir is the key among Indo-Pak issues. India has its own issues. We are not unwilling to talk to Pakistan on Kashmir.

"It is part and parcel of the composite dialogue, which has already been agreed upon. So, we are willing to talks on anything with Pakistan," Krishna underlined.

Asked to comment on the relevance of the Non-Aligned Movement today, he said it has a very important global role to play with particular reference to South-South cooperation.

"I refuse to believe that NAM has become irrelevant," he underlined.

"NAM has a very important global role to play with particular reference to south-south cooperation. NAM becomes an important instrumentality as far as Government of India is concerned. So, I am looking forward to the summit taking place in Egypt," he stressed.