India keeping an eye on Pak situation

Written by Political Bureau | New Delhi, Nov 4 | Updated: Nov 6 2008, 04:09am hrs
Concerned over the serious threat posed by terrorist attacks, India has expressed hopes that the fragile internal situation in Pakistan will not deteriorate further.

Describing terrorism emanating from Indias neighbourhood as the biggest threat to the global security, in a lecture on Indias Security Challenges and Foreign Policy Imperatives here on Monday, external affairs minister Pranab Mukherjee, said New Delhi is closely monitoring the situation in Pakistan. The minister said, Our goal of a peaceful, stable and prosperous neighbourhood is predicated on enabling each of our neighbours to pursue the shared objective of development of our peoples.

The biggest threat to peace and security in our region in particular and to the world at large comes from terrorism which emanates from our neighbourhood. This is compounded by the danger posed by terrorists accessing weapons of mass destruction or related technologies, said Mukherjee. He further added, The series of terrorist attacks in Pakistan shows the fragile internal situation of that country, a situation we continue to monitor closely and which we hope will not deteroriate.

While pointing out that Indias economic growth has provided increased opportunities for others to benefit by partnering it, Mukherjee said, however, there was a challenge of persuading our neighbours to put aside past mistrust and suspicions which have undermined development of harmonious relations....