Onus on Pakistan to create conducive atmosphere: Govt

V Muraleedharan in this file picture (Source: Twitter)

Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan on Thursday said that India has persistently taken up with Pakistan the issue of “cross-border terrorism, including funding of secessionist and militant activities in Jammu and Kashmir, but Islamabad is yet to take any action against it.”

 In written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha, MoS Home for External Affairs V Muraleedharan said, “Pakistan has been asked to abide by its commitment to not allow any territory under its control to be used for terrorism against India in any manner and take credible, verifiable and irreversible steps in the matter. Pakistan is yet to demonstrate such steps.”

To another question on relations with neighbouring countries, the Minister said that “with Pakistan, the government desires normal neighbourly relations and is committed to addressing all outstanding issues bilaterally and peacefully in accordance with the Shimla Agreement and the Lahore Declaration. However, any meaningful dialogue can only be held in an atmosphere free from terror, hostility and violence.” The onus is on Pakistan to create such a conducive atmosphere, Muraleedharan added.