By New Desk
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said Pakistan should bring to an end “state or non-state” support to terrorist groups to boost up ties between the two countries. India-Pakistan ties can “truly scale great heights” if Pakistan removes the “self-imposed” obstacle of terrorism, Modi said in an interview to Wall Street Journal.
The Indian premier opined that cross-border relations between India and Pakistan could be greatly bolstered. He said that he saw the possibility of “truly cordial and meaningful” relations to increase and widen between the two “historic rivals” provided Pakistan takes stringent measures against terrorist all kinds of activities on its soil.
“We [India] are ready to take the first step, but the path to peace is a two-way street,” Modi said. “Pakistan’s failure to take effective action in punishing the perpetrators of terror attacks limits the forward progress in our ties,” he added.
Modi reiterated that India still maintained its position on the enhancement of mutual relations, which rested on the sole condition that Pakistan should take effectual and timely measures against the perpetrators of terror in addition to withdrawing its support, both state and non-state, of terrorist outfits.
“I have always maintained that instead of fighting with each other, India and Pakistan should together fight against poverty,” Modi said. “”Naturally we expect Pakistan to play its part.”
Modi said, “There can be no compromise on terrorism. It can only be stopped if all support to terrorism, whether state or non-state is completely stopped. “Pakistan’s failure to take effective action in punishing the perpetrators of terror attacks limits the forward progress in our ties,” he added.
Modi emphasized that he had all the time been a supporter of having good and amicable ties with India’s neighbours. “I have said that the future that I wish for India is the future that I dream for my neighbours. My visit to Lahore was a clear projection of this belief,” he said.