India says Pak must address core concern of terrorism if it wants better ties

India said it would also like good relations with Pakistan provided Islamabad takes action against terror groups.

india Updated: Dec 21, 2017 19:39 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
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India said it was important for Pakistan to understand its core concern, which was terrorism. (HT file photo)

As Pakistan’s army chief pledged his support for better ties, India asserted on Thursday that Islamabad will have to take action against terror groups operating from its soil for improvement in the bilateral relationship.

Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has said he will support any initiative of the civilian government to resolve issues with India through talks, according to a media report.

Reacting to the comments, external affairs ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said India would like good relations with Pakistan provided Islamabad takes action against terror groups.

“It is important for Pakistan to understand our core concern, which is terrorism. We have time and again asked them to take action against terrorists who are operating from their soil. This is something they (Pakistan) will have to handle if they are serious in cultivating this friendship,” Kumar told reporters.

He was asked to comment on Bajwa’s remarks.

“Like any good neighbour, we do desire good neighbourly relations with the country which is next to us,” Kumar said.

In a rare move, the Pakistan Army chief briefed the Senate -- the upper house of Parliament -- on the security situation and regional issues on Tuesday.

During the briefing, Gen Bajwa also said his forces were in favour of good ties with all neighbours including India.

“We can resolve issues with India through talks instead of war. In this situation if the government decides to hold talks with India, then the army would back the government,” he was quoted as saying.

The military leadership had come to Parliament to brief lawmakers on the security situation for the first time in six years.

First Published: Dec 21, 2017 19:38 IST