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No talks before Pakistan punishes 26/11 terrorists: PM

world Updated: Apr 14, 2010 11:13 IST
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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday asked Pakistan to do at least "the minimum" of punishing all those involved in the Mumbai terror attacks before India can think of resuming the dialogue process.

Singh said that "conspirators" of Mumbai are roaming freely in Pakistan, and there is no need for further evidence of LeT in Mumbai attack. He named individuals like Hafiz Saeed and Ilyas Kashmiri are "playing in fanning of terrorist activities directed against India."

" I have said that on more than once that Pakistan, if it takes credible steps to bring the perpetrators of the horrible crime of 26/11 to book and that's the minimum we expect from Pakistan and if Pakistan does that we would be very happy to begin talking once again about all our issues", Singh said.

Manmohan Singh said he ran into his Pakistani counterpart Yousaf Raza Gilani twice here on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit, but clarified that there was no serious discussion.

"We ran into each other twice during the summit. I complimented the prime minister on the passage of the recent constitutional amendment which makes the prime minister a more political personality in Pakistan. But there was no serious discussion.".

"There are still people who are named as part of conspirators. They are roaming around freely and I don't want to any one individually but that's the reality"…. Singh said.

When his attention was drawn to Gilani saying that Pakistan needs more evidence against LeT, Singh said "I don't see there is any need for further evidence for the role of LeT… The American intelligence and American forces have pointed out the role of LeT and their links to Al Qadea…… Hafiz Saeed, Ilyas Kashmiri, Zakiur Rehman are playing in fanning of terrorist acts directed against India".