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'Musharraf should stick to his word'

Pranab said peace talks with Pak can remain undisturbed by Mumbai blasts if Musharraf sticks to curbing terrorism.

india Updated: Jul 15, 2006 23:38 IST

Pakistan must honour its commitment not to allow its soil to be used for terrrorism directed against India for the peace process to make progress, Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee said on Saturday.

Terrorists were operating from across the border and Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf "will have to keep his word", he told reporters in Birbhum district when asked if the Mumbai blasts would affect the peace process with Pakistan.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had said in Mumbai on Friday that "Pakistan, in 2004, had solemnly given an assurance that Pakistani territory will not be used to promote, encourage, aid and abet terrorist elements directed against India.

"That assurance has to be fulfilled before the peace process or other processes can make progress," he said.

On the reservation issue, the Defence minister said that the Supreme Court had asked the government to define the 'creamy layer'.

"We are finding it difficult to arrive at a definition," he said.