Against the backdrop of the Keran incident, India's concerns over continued cross-border terror were conveyed by Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar to her Pakistan counterpart Ayaz Sadiq today with an emphasis that "necessary climate" is required for advancing bilateral ties.
Kumar met Sadiq in Geneva on the sidelines of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) meeting and made it clear that the sanctity of the Line of Control (LoC) has to be upheld as part of building trust.
During the meeting, the Lok Sabha Speaker said India desires peaceful, friendly and cooperative relations with Pakistan, and is also committed to resolving all outstanding issues bilaterally.
She hoped that "necessary climate is established" for advancing the bilateral relationship, and in this connection conveyed concern over continuing terror emanating from Pakistan and areas under its control, according to a statement issued by the Lok Sabha Secretariat here.
Articulation of the concerns by her assumes significance as it comes against the backdrop of a major infiltration bid by terrorists with the support of Pakistan Army which led to a 15-day engagement between them and Army in Keran sector of Jammu and Kashmir. Kumar stressed the need for dismantling terrorist networks within Pakistan's territory and also for upholding the sanctity of the LoC, which would be the most important Confidence Building Measure, the statement said.
Sadiq acknowledged the need to resolve immediate areas of concern highlighted by Kumar, the statement said. He also referred to the recent meeting of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif in New York and termed it as an important step in advancing the bilateral relations.
During her first meeting with the newly-appointed Speaker of Pakistan National Assembly, Kumar recalled the warmth and affection with which she was received during her visit last year to Pakistan, and also her fruitful interaction with the leadership of Pakistan. Kumar had led a 15-member Indian Parliamentary delegation to Pakistan in February 2012, which followed by the visit of 14-member Pakistan Parliamentary delegation led by Syed Hussain Bokhari, Chairman of Senate of Pakistan in December 2012.
Sadiq expressed keen desire for continued engagement of Parliamentarians of two countries to contribute towards developing healthy relationship between the two countries.
He informed about his efforts to revamp the Pakistan-India Friendship Group within the Pakistan National Assembly, which will soon discuss ways to further engagement among Parliamentarians of two countries.
Both the Speakers also discussed about the scheduling of the next SAARC Speakers meeting scheduled to be held in Male later this year.