Indo-Pak dialogue process slowed down due to situation in Pakistan: PM


New Delhi : Describing terrorism as a common enemy, India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said, the Indo-Pak dialogue process has slowed down because of the situation in Pakistan.

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Addressing here members of the Indian Women Press Corps, Thursday at his residence, he noted that the dangers of fundamentalism are now being realized in Pakistan.

In an apparent reference to the Lal Masjid episode, Singh said, Pakistan is seeing terrorism for the first time.

He said, fundamentalism is perverse and dangerous to any society and described terrorism as a common enemy.

Recalling his meetings with Pakistan President Gen Pervez Musharraf, he said, they had talked about common agenda, about making borders irrelevant and promoting trade.

Singh said the Indo-Pak talks have never been so intensive and broad-based in the history of the two countries. In reply to a question on his proposed visit to Pakistan, Prime Minister said he has been invited and will go at an appropriate time.

Turning on to Indo-US civil nuclear deal, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said he was expecting some "forward movement" in India's nuclear negotiations with the US when National Security Adviser M.K.

Narayanan goes to Washington mid-July to resolve "two or three" issues that are blocking the bilateral agreement.

"There will be some forward movement. However, no deadline has been set," Manmohan Singh told women journalists when asked about the fate of the 123 bilateral civil nuclear cooperation agreement the two sides are negotiating.

Narayanan and Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon will go to Washington July 16 in an attempt to break the impasse over India's insistence on reprocessing right and issues relating to nuclear testing.

During the talks, India will insist on getting prior US consent for reprocessing of US-origin or US-obligated fuel and may propose setting up a stand-alone facility for reprocessing spent fuel and placing it under international safeguards, knowledgeable sources said.

Washington is not ready to grant the reprocessing right yet.

India is also expected to insist on getting iron-clad fuel supply guarantees from the US for the imported reactors.

The 123 agreement will pave the way for the resumption of civil nuclear commerce between the two countries.