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'Terrorism test' for Zardari

A day after his meeting with Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari in Russia, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday put Pakistan to the "terrorism test" and said he had agreed to give Islamabad "some time" to take action against anti-India terror outfits before the two leaders meet again in Egypt mid-July. Disclosing the details of his first meeting with Zardari since the November 2008 Mumbai attacks in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg on Tuesday, Singh said he told Zardari that India expected Pakistan to show the same "sincerity and determination" against these terror outfits as it had in tackling the Taliban and the Al Qaida on its western flanks. Singh said he would wait for the outcome of the talks between the foreign secretaries of the two countries, who are expected to meet later this month, before taking a decision on resuming the composite dialogue mid-July. "The purpose of this meeting [between foreign secretaries] is to find what Pakistan has done and what it plans to do on terrorist activities against India," Singh told reporters while returning home from Russia. "I told him that we will like to see tangible steps. There is a time. We will take stock of the situation," Singh replied when asked if there was a timeline for resuming the talks before he meets Zardari again on the sidelines of the Non Aligned Movement summit in Egypt in July. The Yekaterinburg ice-breaker meeting started with Singh telling Zardari upfront that India expected Pakistan not to allow its territory to be used for terror attacks against it. "Zardari told me the problems and difficulties he faces and said he needed more time [to tackle terror]. I explained to him that... we have a strong feeling that the elements who perpetrated terror attacks against India are not being brought to justice," Singh said.

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