New Delhi: India on Wednesday said it wishes to have constructive relations with Pakistan but wanted an environment free from terror and "credible" action to be taken against anti-India jihadi leaders like Jamaat-ud Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed who "continue to incite violence".
    
A week after his talks with Pakistani counterpart Hina Rabbani Khar, External Affairs Minister S M Krishna told the Lok Sabha that he had conveyed India's desire to work with Pakistan to reduce the trust deficit and move forward in a friendly manner.
    
He said Khar's visit was aimed at resolving peacefully all outstanding issues through a "constructive and forward-looking dialogue and to establish cooperative and good neighbourly relations between the two countries, in an environment free from terrorism and violence."
    
In a suo motu statement, he said India is committed to build "a relationship of trust and mutually-beneficial cooperation in conformity with the determination of the people of both countries to see an end to terrorism and violence and to realise their aspirations for peace and development."
    
Giving details about his discussions with Khar, he said he had underscored the importance that India attaches to the fulfillment of commitments made by Pakistan with regard to trial and investigation in Pakistan into 2008 Mumbai attacks.
    
"I requested Pakistan to act on the assurance given to our Home Minister by Pakistan Interior Minister in June 2010 on the dossiers regarding seven specific individuals and the need to provide voice samples," Krishna said.
    
Pakistan was asked to investigate the linkages with "some elements in the Pakistani security agencies" that had emerged from the evidence presented in the Tahawwur Rana trial in the United States, he said.  "I reaffirmed India's desire to work with Pakistan to reduce the trust deficit and move forward in a friendly manner. I conveyed that India desires a stable and prosperous Pakistan, acting as a bulwark against terrorism, and at peace with itself and with its neighbours," Krishna said.
    
"I called for credible and effective action against jihadi leaders such as Hafiz Saeed and terrorist groups such as Jamaat-ud Daawa and Lashkar-e Tayyaba, who continue to incite violence and hatred against India," he said.
    
The Minister said he had also conveyed India's displeasure over Khar's meeting with Hurriyat leaders even before bilateral discussions between the two governments could commence.
    
Khar, in turn, said she had met Hurriyat leaders because Pakistan wanted to "engage all the stake-holders", Krishna stated.
    
On 26/11 trial underway in Pakistan, she said her country was "not trying to abdicate responsibility" and "requested India to have patience, trust and confidence in the process",
Krishna told the House.
    
"On the issue of terrorism emanating from the territory under Pakistan's control, she said that no country had suffered as much as Pakistan at the hands of terrorists and therefore Pakistan's commitment to fight terrorism should not be doubted," the External Affairs Minister said.  "I reaffirmed India's desire to work with Pakistan to reduce the trust deficit and move forward in a friendly manner. I conveyed that India desires a stable and prosperous Pakistan, acting as a bulwark against terrorism, and at peace with itself and with its neighbours," Krishna said.
    
"I called for credible and effective action against jihadi leaders such as Hafiz Saeed and terrorist groups suchas Jamaat-ud Daawa and Lashkar-e Tayyaba, who continue to incite violence and hatred against India," he said.
    
The Minister said he had also conveyed India's displeasure over Khar's meeting with Hurriyat leaders even before bilateral discussions between the two governments could commence.
    
Khar, in turn, said she had met Hurriyat leaders because Pakistan wanted to "engage all the stake-holders", Krishna stated.
    
On 26/11 trial underway in Pakistan, she said her country was "not trying to abdicate responsibility" and "requested India to have patience, trust and confidence in the process", Krishna told the House.
    
"On the issue of terrorism emanating from the territory under Pakistan's control, she said that no country had suffered as much as Pakistan at the hands of terrorists and therefore Pakistan's commitment to fight terrorism should not be doubted," the External Affairs Minister said.

According to Krishna, Khar claimed that it was not Pakistan's policy to support terrorism in any country and said Pakistan was ready to have a dialogue with India on the issue and there was a need for cooperation to combat terrorism.
    
"There was an opportunity in the new environment of Pakistan and a consensus that it is in Pakistan's national interest to have good relations with India," she told Krishna.
    
He told the House that Khar had said, "We should not let history determine the future course of India-Pakistan relationship. There was a change in mindset in Pakistan which went beyond the present government or Pakistan People's Party, which traditionally had good relations with India."
    
On Jammu and Kashmir, Krishna said the two sides reiterated their well-known positions and agreed to continue discussions for a peaceful and negotiated settlement of the issue by narrowing down divergences and building on convergences.
    
Meanwhile, in order to facilitate travel and trade across the Line of Control for the welfare of the people on both sides, some additional confidence building measures were announced, he said.
    
It was also decided to continue the dialogue process on all issues and a series of secretary-level meetings would be convened on various issues like counter-terrorism (including progress on Mumbai trial), Siachen, Jammu and Kashmir and Peace and Security.
    
The meetings would be completed prior to the visit of the External Affairs Minister to Pakistan in the first half of next year.

(Agencies)