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India to seek action against infiltration

world Updated: Sep 24, 2008 16:16 IST
PM-Zardari meeting: India to seek action against infiltration

With infiltration and ceasefire violations witnessing a rise recently, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is expected to seek concrete action by Islamabad to stop such activities when he meets Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari in New York.

An announcement on launch of cross-LoC trade in Jammu and Kashmir next month is also expected after the meeting, the first between the two leaders since Zardari became the President earlier this month.

The issue of spurt in ceasefire violations and infiltration is expected to figure prominently in the talks, with Singh likely to underline that such activities do not help in the normalisation of relations and need to cease to ensure conducive atmosphere for carrying on the dialogue process.

Revealing his mind ahead of his meeting with Zardari, Singh said yesterday that Pakistan must address the rising issue of cross-border terrorism.

He said India and Pakistan faced "enormous challenges" and "we have to convert these challenges into opportunities and see how peace can be brought and how we can work together."

"We welcome the advent of democracy in Pakistan. We are looking forward to working with them and how we can work together," the Prime Minister told journalists accompanying him on the US visit.

Official sources accompanying the Prime Minister said India expects Zardari to come out with steps to end rising incidents of cross-border terrorism and ceasefire violations.

It is up to Zardari to find a way out to remove the impediments in normalisation of Indo-Pak relations, they said.