India Waits For Pak Action On Offer To Normalise Relations

New Delhi, November 26: | Updated: Nov 27 2002, 05:30am hrs
In a guarded reaction to Pakistans new offer to normalise relations, India has said it would look for action on the ground and not merely words.

We have seen the comments of the newly appointed foreign minister of Pakistan. We will naturally need to wait and see its reflection on the ground, a spokesman at the ministry of external affairs told reporters in response to questions.

He was responding to Pakistan foreign minister Khurshid Mehmood Kasuris remarks that his government accorded first priority to normalise relations with New Delhi and hoped that it would reciprocate in the same spirit.

We are prepared to go half way or may be even a step further in improving relations with India, Kasuri said in an interview published in the Pakistani daily Dawn. The MEA spokesman said it was well known that the Pakistani military and related establishment had time and again scuttled attempts at productive dialogue. Sponsorship of terrorism directed against India has been a part of this attempt, he said.

New Delhi had also noted that during the recent visit of a Sikh jatha to Pakistan on the occasion of guru Nanak Devs birthday at Nankana Sahib, the Pakistani agencies had attempted to encourage only those coming from other countries.