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PM to raise terror issue with Musharraf at NAM Summit

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September 07, 2006 21:26 IST

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday said he would raise India's concerns on terrorism when he meets Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf in Havana next week on the sidelines of the Non-Aligned Movement Summit.

"I will be raising the issue of terrorism as it affects both countries," he told reporters at Rashtrapati Bhavan after attending a function where new Central Vigilance Commissioner Pratyush Sinha was administered the oath of office and secrecy by President A P J Abdul Kalam.

Observing that the confidence-building measures were making progress, Dr Singh said India was ready to look into all outstanding issues with Pakistan.

There has been a lot of progress in the CBMs and the last two years saw more people-to-people contacts than was expected, Dr Singh said, citing visits to India by leaders from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir as also to PoK by leaders from Jammu and Kashmir.

Asked whether he was satisfied with steps taken by Islamabad to contain terrorism, the prime minister contended if he was satisfied, "Why should there have been interruption in talks?"

Foreign secretary-level talks slated to be held in July were put off by India in the wake of the July 11 Mumbai bomb blasts as the needle of suspicion pointed to the Pakistan-based terror group Lashkar-e-Tayiba. Dr Singh and Musharraf are expected to be in Cuba during September 11-16 for the summit of the 116-member NAM.

The prime minister also termed the events in Pakistan's Balochistan region as an enormous human tragedy and said the government had already expressed its concern over the situation there.

Soon after the killing of prominent Baloch leader Akbar Khan Bugti in a Pakistani military attack, India had said Islamabad should address the "grievances and aspirations" of people of Balochistan through dialogue and not military force.

India has been protesting against the use of excessive force by Pakistan against the people of Balochistan, who are seeking their rightful share of resources like gas reserves in the region.

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