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PM unlikely to visit Pak this summer: NSA

However, MK Narayanan maintained that the PM's visit was not linked to the rise in terrorist incidents in India.

india Updated: Jun 04, 2006 23:02 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who has been invited by President Pervez Musharraf, is unlikely to visit Pakistan this summer, National Security Advisor MK Narayanan said on Sunday.

"Prime Minister has an invitation from President Musharraf. But he has not yet decided when he will accept the invitation. It is unlikely that it would be this summer," Narayanan said to a private news channel.

Maintaining that the Prime Minister's visit was not linked with the rise in terrorist incidents in India, he however said, "Terrorism needs to be ended or at least reduced considerably because without that long-term improvement in India-Pakistan relations will always be a problem."

Observing that government has been successful in preventing a number of incidents despite criticism of it being soft on terror, he however said, "But we are facing a situation far from comfortable. Pakistan could do much more to check terrorism emanating from across the border."

It would have been easier had the incidence of terrorism come down, Narayanan said.

Replying to questions, he said the scale of terror attacks, particularly outside Jammu and Kashmir, has "gone up substantially."

"Targets have become extremely high profile and if they (terrorists) do succeed, it could lead to major violence across the country," he added.

First Published: Jun 04, 2006 22:36 IST

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