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Zardari-Manmohan meet: Pak soil not allowed to be used for terrorism

President Asif Ali Zardari has said that Pakistan soil would not be allowed to be used for terrorism purposes and all measures would be taken to bring the perpetrators of Mumbai attacks to justice. zardari-manmohan

The much awaited meeting between President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh began in the Russian city Yekaterinburg Tuesday, amidst hopes to revive the peace process between the two South Asian neighbours.

The two leaders met for 40 minutes at the Silver Room of the Hotel Hyatt Regency in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg, the industrial town located nearly 1,400 km from Moscow, minutes after the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit they attended as observers.

President Zardari urged the Indian Prime Minister for resumption of the composite dialogue between the two countries.

He also assured the Indian PM that Pakistani soil is not being used for terrorism against any other country and emphasized that we are fighting a war against terrorism and the world must wake up and take notice of the enormous sacrifices we have made.

The President said that we are the worst victims of terrorism and our armed forces are continuously engaged in combat operation to fight militancy

Meanwhile according to Indian media Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh told President Zardari that he was pleased to meet him but stressed in his opening remark that Pakistani territory “should not be used for acts of terrorism against India”.

The territory of Pakistan “should not be used for acts of terrorism against India”, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh told President Asif Ali Zardari Tuesday in their first meeting since the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.

Manmohan Singh asked Zardari to take “strong and credible action” against terrorist outfits and create the “right atmosphere” for the resumption of the stalled bilateral dialogue.

He also conveyed India’s growing disappointment with Pakistan’s inaction against the architects and executors of the Mumbai mayhem, informed sources said.

The prime minister singled out the release of Hafiz Saeed, the suspected mastermind of the 26/11 attacks, to underscore Islamabad’s lack of seriousness in acting against anti-India terror outfits.

The two leaders held wide-ranging discussions that focused on terrorism. The prime minister indicated his willingness to engage with Pakistan to resolve all outstanding issues, but made it clear that unless Islamabad takes credible action, it would be difficult to resume the peace process, an official disclosed.

While the two leaders held one-on-one discussions, Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi told reporters: “Both countries stand to gain by resuming dialogue. It will be a sensible thing to resume dialogue as soon as possible. It will be in mutual interest to do so.”

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