press trust of india
Brussels, 4 October
Pakistan’s contention that “non-state actors” are behind terror attacks in India was rejected by President Pranab Mukherjee, who said such elements are not coming from heaven but from territory under its control.
“…non-state actors, that is the phrase they used, I then responded by saying that non-state actors are not coming from heaven. Non-state actors are coming from territory under your (Pakistan’s) control,” Mr Mukherjee said.
“And not now, in 2004 Pakistan agreed that their territories will not be allowed to be used by forces inimical to India,” he said in an interview with Euronews.
He was asked to comment on India saying such acts are state-sponsored terrorism while Pakistan says they are not. The President made it clear that while India wants peace with Pakistan, there can be no compromise with its own territorial integrity and state-sponsored terrorism from across the border cannot be accepted.
Mr Mukherjee, on a four-day state visit to Belgium, reiterated that the terror infrastructure in Pakistan needs to be dismantled.
India does not have any territorial ambitions and wants peace with its neighbours while maintaining its own territorial integrity, he said. “In 1971, when Indira Gandhi was Prime Minister and Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto was Prime Minister of Pakistan, India entered into an agreement which is known as Simla Agreement …91,000 imprisoned soldiers, prisoners of war, were returned,” he said.
“This was just to show that we do not have any territorial ambition, we do not want to export our ideology to any country or we do not have any commercial interests,” he said.