India has given a stern warning to Pakistan that its reluctance to represent words with action on terrorism emerging from its soil was gradually shutting the “window” of goodwill and dialogue that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had opened.
Defence minister Manohar Parrikar said in Singapore:
According to India, Pakistan has not stopped distinguishing between the “good” anti-India terrorists and the “bad” ones posing an existential threat to the Pakistan state itself.
New Delhi has been seriously concerned over transborder terrorist strikes that are supported by the Pakistani army and ISI and which thwart bilateral engagement and rapprochement initiatives. Despite the fact that India allowed a joint investigation team from Pakistan to visit the Pathankot airbase in Punjab, Islamabad has since indicated reluctance to allow a reciprocal visit by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).
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Four terrorists were killed when they carried out a suicide attack on the strategic Indian Air Force base in Pathankot during the intervening night of January 1-2. Seven security personnel were also killed during the 80-hour-long gun battle.
The defence minister also ridiculed the recent statement by nuclear physicist Abdul Qadeer Khan about his country’s reported capability to hit Delhi with nuclear missiles in five minutes. He said, on the other hand, India is “a very responsible” country.
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As for China, Parrikar said it was in Beijing’s own economic interest to reduce tensions in the South China Sea, where it is locked in territorial disputes with countries like Philippines, Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia and others. “It is ultimately economics…If you have an unstable region like what we have in the Middle East, I don’t think economics and prosperity will really be enhanced…It’s in the interest of everyone, including China, to ensure that the peace remains in this region,” he said.