India will await the outcome of int'l effort: PM
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said India will await the outcome of the international community's efforts towards punishing the perpetrators of Mumbai carnage before deciding on its options.india Updated: Dec 05, 2008 20:08 IST
Asserting that perpetrators of the Mumbai terror carnage should be punished, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday said India will await the outcome of the international community's efforts in this regard before deciding on its options.
Asked about the military, political and economic options before India in dealing with those behind the terror attacks, Singh responded with a cryptic "We will wait for the outcome" of the world community's efforts.
Singh, who was addressing a joint press conference with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev after their talks, made it clear that India wanted the US and others to put pressure on Pakistan to ensure that those behind the "horrible" crime in Mumbai are punished.
"I have impressed upon all the world leaders who called me that people of India feel a sense of hurt and anger as never seen before," he said.
"It is the obligation of all concerned to ensure that perpetrators of this horrible crime are brought to book. That is our message to everybody and anybody who have come here," Singh said.
His response came when asked whether India had requested US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, during her visit here on Wednesday, to tell Pakistan to arrest Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) chief Hafiz Mohd Saeed.
Underlining that "perpetrators of this crime should be brought to book", the Prime Minister said "this message" had been conveyed to Rice as also other world leaders.