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PM to G8, G5 nations: Tell Pak to shed terror
VS Chandrasekar

‘I did not intend to hurt Zardari’

“It was not my intention in any way to hurt Zardari Sahib’s feelings,” Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Saturday on his virtual public snub to Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari. Speaking to reporters accompanying him on his way back home from Italy, said he had not intended to say that in the presence of the media. “Let me say that what I had said to Zardari Sahib, I had not intended to say that in the presence of media. I simply forgot that the media were present there. It was not my intention in any way to hurt Zardari Sahib’s feelings,” he said in reply to a question. Ahead of their meeting in Yekaterinburg in Russia last month, Singh had told Zardari in their first meeting after the chill brought about by the Mumbai terror strike that “I am happy to meet you but my mandate is limited to telling you that the territory of Pakistan must not be allowed to be used for terrorism against India”. — PTI

On Board PM’s Aircraft, July 11
Pakistan should take credible action against perpetrators of Mumbai terror attack, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said today disclosing that he asked G8, G5 members to “put pressure” on it to shed the path of terrorism and choose friendship with India.

He said Islamabad has given some information on what it is doing to punish the masterminds of the terror attack and added that with this hope he would meet his Pakistan counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani in Egypt next week.

Talking to reporters accompanying him on the way back home from Italy, Singh said after his meeting with President Asif Ali Zardari in Russia last month, there have been discussions between the High Commissioners and with the ISI chief and Foreign Office.

“They have given some suggestion...some information on what they are doing about punishing those behind the Mumbai massacre. Now we hope they would take some steps in that direction and with this hope I will meet Gilani (in Egypt early next week),” he said.

To a question on the current impasse with Pakistan, he said India and Pakistan were close neighbours. “We can choose our friends but we have no choice about our neighbours. India wants to realise its ambitions on development and that requires peace with neighbours,” he said.

Singh said: “We will do all that is necessary to resolve outstanding issues that have bedevilled our relations with Pakistan. But that requires credible action on the part of Pakistan to deal with terrorist elements directing their energy to disrupt and destabilise our economy and polity.”

He said he hoped that during his meeting with Gilani “we will have a renewed reaffirmation on the part of Pakistan that they will bring the perpetrators of the Mumbai massacre to justice, that they will not allow Pak territory to be used for terrorists acts directed against India”.

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