JAIPUR - India wants friendly relations with Pakistan, but it will not be possible unless Pakistan makes equal efforts, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said here Sunday.
He also said the alleged inhuman killing of two Indian soldiers by Pakistani troops near the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir on Jan 8 may adversely impact bilateral relations.
“The ‘inhuman act of Pakistan’ along the Line of Control on Jan 8 is known to all. We are constantly reviewing our relations with Pakistan and we have made it clear this incident may have badly influence bilateral relations,” Manmohan Singh said at the All India Congress Committee meeting here.
“Whatever action we will take, it will be after consideration and with great care. We want friendly relations with Pakistan but they will also have to try for it. Unless there are efforts from their side, our efforts or wishes will not make it possible,” the prime minister said.
Last week, Singh said it will not be ‘business as usual’ with Pakistan following the LoC flare-up. Congress chief Sonia Gandhi reiterated that India believes in maintaining peace with neighbours but would enter into a dialogue only on ‘accepted principles of civilised behaviour’.
The draft Jaipur Resolution of the Congress meet says that India’s neighbours and partners must recognise its legitimate security concerns.