NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday said that India did not want a war with Pakistan but “all options are open”.”The issue is not war. The issue is that the Pakistani territory is used to aid and abet terror,” Manmohan Singh told reporters here. “We want Pakistan to make an objective effort to dismantle the terror machine. The government of Pakistan knows what it implies,” Singh said.
“We expect them as a member of the UN to comply with several UN Security Council (UNSC) resolutions passed over the years,” Manmohan Singh said. He was alluding to a recent resolution by the UN Security Council declaring the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD).
India has accused “elements in Pakistan” of plotting and executing the Nov 26-29 Mumbai savagery that killed around 170 people, including 26 foreigners. JuD is a public front for the LeT, a banned terrorist organization suspected of masterminding the Mumbai terror strike, he added.
Singh said that there were ‘elements’ in Pakistan that did not want friendship between the two countries. The Prime Minister also asked the international community to pressurize Pakistan government into acting against the terrorists. “We would like the international community to use its power of persuasion to persuade Pakistan to comply with the UNSC resolutions,” he stressed.
Earlier, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee had demanded that Pakistan should do what it had promised, instead of pointing fingers at others. He also said that Pakistan should refrain from creating a warlike situation.-SANA