India on Wednesday said it wishes to have constructive relations with Pakistan but wanted an environment free from terror and “credible” action to be taken against anti-India jihadi leaders like Jamaat-ud Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed who “continue to incite violence”.
A week after his talks with Pakistani counterpart Hina Rabbani Khar, External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna told the Lok Sabha that he had conveyed India’s desire to work with Pakistan to reduce the trust deficit and move forward in a friendly manner.
He said Ms. Khar’s visit was aimed at resolving peacefully all outstanding issues through a “constructive and forward-looking dialogue and to establish cooperative and good neighbourly relations between the two countries, in an environment free from terrorism and violence.”
In a suo motu statement, he said India is committed to building “a relationship of trust and mutually-beneficial cooperation in conformity with the determination of the people of both countries to see an end to terrorism and violence and to realise their aspirations for peace and development.”
Giving details about his discussions with Ms. Khar, he said he had underscored the importance that India attaches to the fulfilment of commitments made by Pakistan with regard to trial and investigation in Pakistan into 2008 Mumbai attacks.
“I requested Pakistan to act on the assurance given to our Home Minister by Pakistan Interior Minister in June 2010 on the dossiers regarding seven specific individuals and the need to provide voice samples,” Mr. Krishna said.
Pakistan was asked to investigate the linkages with “some elements in the Pakistani security agencies” that had emerged from the evidence presented in the Tahawwur Rana trial in the United States, he said. Hindu