“The anticipated meeting between Sharif and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New York next month would be an opportunity for talks at the highest level,” Foreign Office spokesman Aizaz Chaudhry said.

Responding to a question about Singh's remark that ties with Pakistan could only improve if it prevented the use of its territory for any anti-India activity, he said, "We have always expressed our firm conviction that Pakistan does not allow its territory to be used for terrorism anywhere in the world."

Pakistan is a victim of terrorism and is cooperating with the world community to fight the "common enemy". The current PML-N government is in the process of framing a comprehensive counterterrorism strategy, he said.

Bilateral relations soured after five Indian soldiers were killed in an attack by Pakistani troops along the Line of Control last week. Incidents of firing along the ceasefire line have increased tensions between the two sides.

(Agencies)

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