External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna on Thursday said Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari’s “confession” about nurturing terrorism had vindicated India’s stand and hoped Islamabad would now make a “determined” effort to end terrorism across the board.
“India stands vindicated as we always said repeatedly that Pakistani soil was being used to launch attacks on India,” Krishna said in the Rajya Sabha.
“The terrorists of today were the heroes of yesteryear until 9/11 occurred and they began to haunt us as well,” Zardari said on Tuesday night.
Krishna had made a suo motu statement in both Houses of Parliament on “significant developments in our neighbourhood” covering recent developments in Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
Krishna said Pakistan must “expose” and act against “conspiracies and conspirators” for terror attacks launched in India from across the border as future of dialogue was premised on an atmosphere free of the threat of violence.
“Today, the president of Pakistan has spoken about it. I hope, hereafter, Pakistan will make a determined bid to curb terrorism,” Krishna said.
He pointed out that Pakistan had grudgingly accepted that terrorist attacks on India emanated from there. The minister, however, said: “I would not say they were state-sponsored or engineered.”
On Sri Lanka, he said that now that the civil war in the island nation was over, India had asked Colombo to utilise the opportunity to make a fresh start.
“India stands ready to extend every possible assistance in the task of rehabilitation, resettlement and reconstruction,” he said.
The minister said India had committed to providing food, medicines, clothes, and other help, as required by Sri Lanka.
On Nepal, Krishna said India fully supported the ongoing peace process, including material assistance to strengthen civil security forces and law enforcement machinery and support for elections to the Constituent Assembly.
“We hope the new government would be able to move expeditiously on the tasks of constitution-making and conclusion of the peace process on the basis of widest possible consensus,” he said.