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We’ve been hurt like never before: PM

A day after the US was seen to have lowered its pitch on Pakistan, India on Friday put pressure on the international community...

A day after the US was seen to have lowered its pitch on Pakistan, India on Friday put pressure on the international community to treat bringing the perpetrators to justice as “an obligation” and made it clear — in a veiled manner — that Pakistani territory had been used by the Mumbai attackers to carry out the terror act.

“We have impressed upon the world leadership that people of India feel a sense of hurt never seen before,” Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said.

This came on a day when the visiting Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Manmohan Singh signed a joint declaration where they urged the international community to help bring the “perpetrators, organisers, sponsors and patrons” to justice in India.

After the Singh-Medvedev talks, the PM said, “We expect the world community to recognise, and other countries have come to the same conclusion, that the territory of a neighbouring country has been used for perpetrating this crime, this was our message to Secretary Rice and other world leaders who called me… It’s the obligation of all countries concerned that the perpetrators of this horrible crime are brought to book,” Singh said when asked whether India had requested Rice during her visit here on Wednesday to tell Pakistan to arrest Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) chief Hafiz Mohd Saeed, Dawood Ibrahim and Maulana Masood Azhar.

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When asked what were India’s options militarily, diplomatically and economically, the Prime Minister said, “We will wait for the outcome,” implying that India would wait for Islamabad’s reply before taking any action.

Earlier, in his opening remarks, he said, “I conveyed to (Russian) President Medvedev the sense of anger and outrage in India over the terrorist attacks in Mumbai. We deeply appreciate Russia’s expression of solidarity with India at this moment. We both agreed that these attacks represent a threat to all open and pluralistic societies, and require a major intensification of efforts against supporters and perpetrators of terrorism anywhere in the world.”

Medvedev, in his remarks, offered condolences and expressed solidarity with India and said Moscow stood ready to work with New Delhi, using “all avenues” and extending all possible assistance in the situation.

First published on: 06-12-2008 at 03:26 IST
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