India urges Pakistan to clamp down on militants
India's prime minister says he is keen in resolving differences with Pakistan, but Islamabad must first clamp down on militants involved in the Mumbai attacks, Press TV reported.
"We will do all that is necessary to resolve all outstanding issues that have bedeviled India's relations with Pakistan," Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Friday after a G8 summit.
But, he said to solve the current disputes, credible action on the part of Islamabad should be taken to deal with terrorist elements directing their energy to disrupt and destabilize India's 'economy and polity'.
He said India should also clamp down on militants who vandalized Mumbai for three days - November 26-29 - killing more than 170 people in various attacks across the city.
India says the assault on Mumbai was carried out by Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) militants and has asked Pakistan to deal firmly with such groups.
"If they do that, we are willing to walk more than half the distance to normalize our relations," Singh was cited as saying.
Singh is scheduled to have a meeting next week with his Pakistani counterpart Yusuf Raza Gilani in Sharm-el-Sheikh in Egypt, on the sidelines of a Non-Aligned Movement summit.