Making it clear as to what it expects from the new US administration, India on Thursday said the tendency to equate perpetrators and victims of terrorist acts should be avoided.
"The commitment to fight against terrorism should be total. Sometimes, we find there is tendency to equate the perpetrators of terrorist acts and victims of terrorist acts together and hyphenated.
"This tendency must be avoided. Perpetrators of terrorist acts must be penalised," External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee told PTI in Delaram after formally handing over Delaram- Zaranj highway project to the Afghan authorities.
The minister said that he hoped that the new US President Barack Obama recognised that the Indo-US relations had reached new heights over the last few years.
"The relations should be maintained at that level. The commitment to fight against terrorism should be total," Mukherjee said.
In an apparent reference to Pakistan, he pointed out that it was the primary responsibility of the incumbent governments to bring to justice the perpetrators of terror acts operating on their territories.