Atmosphere conducive for talks with Pak only when it curbs terrorism: Pranab

Written by fe Bureau | New Delhi | Updated: Jun 27 2009, 04:05am hrs
Calling the Taliban a big threat to world stability and peace, defence minister AK Antony has said that the situation in Pakistan was a matter of concern yet both countries could move forward to improve ties.

Talking to mediapersons on the sidelines of the two-day Unified Commanders Conference, the defence minister called upon Pakistan to take definitive action against terrorists flourishing on its territory and said terror groups in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) were a real threat.

The Taliban are a threat to world peace, our region and a real threat to India, he said, adding that Pakistan was in turmoil and we are very troubled about it, said Antony.

Expressing concern over the situation in Pakistan, he however said peace with Pakistan cannot be a one-way traffic. Surely a pre condition for peace lies in Pakistan taking strong action against anti-India terrorist groups operating from its territory. We should not forget that the groups against whom Pakistan is taking action today, were earlier seen as assets by its establishment.

We are trying to convince Pakistan on taking strict action against anti-India elements operating from there.

Pointing that ties with Islamabad could improve only when Pakistan cracks down on terror groups on its soil, the minister said despite decline in infiltration in Jammu and Kashmir the security apparatus there would be geared up as India could not lower its guard. We have to be very vigilant and careful. He also said that that the issue of Afghanistan, Pakistan and the security scenario in the region would be discussed with the US National Security Advisor James Jones, who arrives in New Delhi today.