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Fight against terror cannot be selective: Krishna

New York, September 27
Asserting that there cannot be a “selective approach” in the fight against terrorism, India today hoped that Pakistan will be “serious” in dismantling terror camps on its soil and live up to its pronouncements.

“I am sure they (Pakistan) will realise and they have, by now they should have (realised) that terrorism cannot be fought selectively,” External Affairs Minister SM Krishna said after meeting his Pakistani counterpart Hina Rabbani Khar at a reception hosted by her here.

“It has to be fought across the board” as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has stressed repeatedly, Krishna told reporters here.

Krishna recalled that Khar had mentioned during her visit to New Delhi in July this year that her country too was a victim of terrorism.

Replying to a question that the US too is talking in the same voice as India on the terror network in Pakistan, Krishna said terrorism has to be fought across the board and not in a selective manner.

Krishna said India has brought to Pakistan’s attention and notice through dossiers on the terror threat that emanates from its soil. He said Pakistan had assured India that its territory “is not going to be used for any hostile activities” against India.

“I hope Pakistan gets serious about dismantling all the terror training camps which are existing in the country....We expect that Pakistan will live up to their pronouncements.”

When asked what Khar, one of the youngest foreign ministers Pakistan has ever seen, will bring to the bilateral dialogue with India, Krishna said he found she has responded positively to exchanges between people, academia, teachers, students and sportsmen. — PTI





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