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SAARC Summit: India rules out demilitarisation

Manmohan Singh made it clear that "we are not deflected by the incidents of terrorism and infiltration attempts that continue."

india Updated: Nov 13, 2005 03:51 IST

Perturbed over continued terror attacks and infiltration attempts, India on Saturday ruled out any demilitarisation until Pakistan stopped cross border terrorism and influx of terrorists as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh met his counterpart Shaukat Aziz in Dhaka.

Singh made it clear that to allow the peace process to move forward and reduce "trust deficit," it was important that "we are not deflected by the incidents of terrorism and infiltration attempts that continue."

These have an impact on the public and the government, Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran told reporters after the meeting.

Saran said Singh, who met Aziz on the sidelines of the SAARC Summit here, made it clear that "there is no question of demilitarisation unless there is a stop to cross border terrorism and continued attempts to infiltration."

The strong message from the Prime Minister came less than a fortnight after Delhi serial blasts. Singh, earlier while receiving a telephone call from Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf on October 31 said India was "dismayed and disturbed" over the indications of "external linkages" in the October 29 blasts.

To a question, Saran said there was no need for explaining to Pakistan the meaning of terrorism as it and its people knew it very well.

The Foreign Secretary said there were "major security challenges" in India's neighbourhood as well as in some parts of India.

First Published: Nov 13, 2005 03:36 IST