Pak using jihadi elements to destabilise India: Tharoor
India has charged Pakistan of using 'jihadi' elements to "destabilise" it and Afghanistan and expressed willingness to normalise relations with Islamabad if it takes one step towards peace.india Updated: Oct 20, 2009 01:30 IST
India has charged Pakistan of using 'jihadi' elements to "destabilise" it and Afghanistan and expressed willingness to normalise relations with Islamabad if it takes one step towards peace.
"It (Pakistan) has been one of actually using jihadi militants as an instrument of destabilisation in both Afghanistan and India. And we think that's wrong," Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor told CNN's Fareed Zakaria in an interview.
"Let me say one thing very clear to you. We actually have a vision of a peaceful subcontinent. India is not interested in being a threat to Pakistan or any other country," Tharoor said.
"We want good relations with our neighbours. And we actually believe, fundamentally at the strategic level, that a peaceful, stable and prosperous Pakistan is in our interests," he said.
He recalled Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's statement that India will meet Pakistan more than half-way if it takes one step.
"He (Prime Minister) said this in our Parliament. It takes a lot of political courage to do that when you're talking about a country from which assaults like the Mumbai massacre have been launched against us," Tharoor said.
"All we're asking is for Pakistan to show us enough good faith, and it will be reciprocated with generosity and conviction on the Indian side," Tharoor said.