India will give a "befitting reply" to last week's attacks in Mumbai and will not "bow before terrorism," the leader of the ruling Congress party Sonia Gandhi said on Wednesday.
"We will never bow before terrorism. We will give a befitting reply," Gandhi said at a rally in Indian Kashmir.
"We have taken several steps to have a friendly and brotherly relationship with our neighbours," she said, but warned: "It should not be taken as our weakness."
State elections are under way in Kashmir despite poll boycott appeals by Muslim separatists and rebels opposed to Indian rule in the scenic region.
"We are ready for talks with anyone who wants to see a peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute," Gandhi said. "There will be no talks with the people who work against humanity."