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Friday, December 26, 2008

India asks Pak allies to step up pressure
Maya Mirchandani,Senior Editor, Foreign Affairs, NDTV
Friday, December 26, 2008 10:08 PM (New Delhi)
India has stepped up its diplomatic offensive against Pakistan for failing to do enough to tackle terror coming from its soil.External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee has again said that Pakistan is deliberately raising war hysteria to deflect from the real issues. This comes as Delhi makes attempts to reach out to countries close to Pakistan so that they can persuade Islamabad to take concrete steps. "Pakistan should not divert attention from the real issue of taking action against terrorists by raising war hysteria," said Pranab Mukherjee.On Friday, Pranab Mukherjee met one of Pakistan's closest allies, Saudi Arabia, whose Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al Faisal was in New Delhi. This, barely 24 hours after the Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice called Pranab Mukherjee in the wake of Pakistan's ratcheting up war hysteria through the past few days.It is clear India is going all out on the diplomatic front. As Pakistan dithers over taking tough action against terrorists operating from its soil, India is losing patience. Delhi's diplomatic offensive has now gone into over drive, as it urges Pakistan's allies like China and Saudi Arabia to use their leverage to get Pakistan to deliver."There is nothing better that the terrorist would like to see but sowing dissension and creating conflict. This is what they see their success is and this is what we must prevent through collective action," said Saud Al-Faisal, Foreign Minister, Saudi Arabia."As a matter of fact, Saudi Arabia has a proposal that we made to United Nations to special, to create a special body for the international community to come together and fight terrorism. This is an evil, a
cancer in our world and the only way to deal with such a thing is to cut it out and destroy it completely," he added.As time, patience and options run out, India is hoping the international community will be able to get Pakistan to act against terror.

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