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IndiaIndia has to be alert, conscious all the time with Pak: PM

India has to be alert, conscious all the time with Pak: PM


‘Process on NSG begins on positive note'

NEW DELHI:  Having taken risky initiatives, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said will have to be “alert and conscious” all the time but wondered with whom in Pakistan red lines can be drawn for conducting talks–with the elected government or “other actors”.

He also said that India would have to drive home the advantage on the fact that the is now convinced of its views on terrorism from across the border by continuing to put forth its views on this matter.

“The first thing is that with whom in Pakistan you will decide about laxman rekha–with an elected government or with other actors. So India will have to be alert and conscious all the time. There should not be any laxity and negligence,” he told Times Now channel.

Modi was asked what is the ‘lakshman rekha' for holding talks Pakistan because in 2014 it was said it will be only talks between the two countries and not with Hurriyat, the second was 26/11 and now Pathankot.

He said because of his consistent efforts like the visit to Lahore or inviting the Pakistan Prime Minister here that he longer has to convince the world about India's stand on terrorism.

“The world in one voice is praising India's role. Pakistan is finding it difficult to answer. The world is watching. If we remain an obstacle then we will have to convince the world that we are not like this.”

The PM maintained that his going to Pakistan and his invitation to Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif in May 2014 had made the world take notice of India's fight with terror.

“Now I do not have to explain anything to the world. The whole world is accepting what India says on terrorism. It is accepting the loss caused to India by terorrism, the loss caused to humanity by terrorism. Earlier they used to say that it was India's law and order problem,” he said and added, “If we remain an obstacle then we will have to convince the world that we are not like this.”

Moreover, PM Modi said that India has always wanted a ‘friendly relation' with its neighbours.

In the deadliest attack on security forces in recent years terrorists had rained bullets on a bus carrying CRPF personnel in and on June 25.

Yesterday, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had clearly accused Pakistan of trying to destabilise India and had said a central team will look into possible lapses which may have led to the incident.

He had also said that security forces have “standing orders” not to fire the first bullet, but “not count bullets while retaliating”.

Notwithstanding China objecting to India's entry into Nuclear Suppliers Group, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today exuded confidence that the country will get membership of the bloc and the process for it has begun on a “positive note”.

Modi said India has a number of problems with China and efforts are on to resolve them one-by-one through talks.

Asked during an interview whether he was disappointed as China blocked India's bid for membership of the NSG and how close it was to getting it, Modi only said things will move forward as per rules.

The Prime Minister said successive Governments have made consistent efforts for getting membership of the UN Security Council, Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) and NSG.

“First thing is that India has taken up such efforts consistently whichever Government was in power — be it membership of UN Security Council, SCO or MTCR or NSG. All of us made efforts.

“It is not only this Government which has done this. This is in continuity. It is true that in our tenure, SCO has been achieved, MTCR membership has been achieved. I am fully confident that we have begun efforts in the direction of the NSG (membership), formally.

India deserves to be in NSG, US will work for it: envoy

NEW DELHI: The US is “disappointed” that India was not admitted to NSG during its recent plenary in Seoul, US Ambassador to India Richard Verma said today but asserted that it will continue to work with all the members of 48-nation grouping on India's accession in the months ahead.

Referring to Indo-US civil nuclear cooperation, he said the two sides have moved forward on a 15-year project to build six Westinghouse reactors producing power for some 60 million people. “This is a deal that had been pending for 10 years, and we were pleased to see it move even closer to fruition.”

Addressing the Atlantic Council US-India Trade Initiative workshop, Verma talked about the US' strong support for India's role in global institutions, like having a seat on a reformed UN security council. “We continued to welcome India's interest in APEC, and we strongly affirmed our support for India's accession into the multi-lateral export control regimes,” he added.

“With regard to the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), six years ago, President (Barack) Obama first expressed his support for India's membership in the NSG. Since that time, we have worked closely with our Indian counterparts and NSG members to help advance India's case for membership. India has a strong record, and deserves to be included in the NSG.

“That is why the Administration, including senior White House and State Department officials, made a concerted effort to secure India's membership in the recent NSG plenary session held in Seoul. We were disappointed India was not admitted during this recent session, but we will continue to work constructively with India and all the NSG members on India's accession in the months ahead,” the top US envoy said.

(With PTI inputs)

The Northlines is an independent source on the Web for news, facts and figures relating to Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh and its neighbourhood.


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