India warns Pakistan that it will take 'firm, decisive steps' against cross-border terrorism

India has gave a warning to Pakistan, saying it will continue to act firmly and decisively against cross-border terrorism while also pledging to resolve bilateral issues in a terror-free environment.

"Any real dialogue can only take place in an atmosphere free of terror, animosity, and violence," Madhu Sudan, a counsellor in India's Permanent Mission, said on Tuesday. Pakistan has the responsibility to establish such an environment." "Until then," he said, "India would continue to take firm and decisive actions to combat cross-border terrorism." He was replying to Pakistan's Permanent Representative Munir Akram's assault on India at the Securit Council.

"India seeks normal neighbourly ties with all countries, including Pakistan, and is committed to resolving any unresolved concerns bilaterally and amicably in accordance with the Simla Agreement and the Lahore Declaration," Sudan stated. The Shimla Agreement, signed in 1972 by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and then-President of Pakistan Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, pledged the two neighbours to bilaterally address their differences.

The two nations agreed to address Kashmir and other conflicts via bilateral conversation in the 1999 Lahore Declaration signed by Prime Ministers Atal Behari Vajpayee of India and Nawaz Shari of Pakistan. "Most terrorist attacks throughout the world have their origin, in some way or another, in Pakistan," Sudan stated, citing Islamabad's history of supporting terrorists.

Sudan's point is exemplified by the recent terrorism case in the United States, in which a British citizen of Pakistani descent took hostages at a Jewish synagogue in Texas, demanding the release of convicted Pakistani terrorist Aafia Siddiqui, whose release Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan had sought.

According to Sudan, Pakistan "has been widely recognised as a country that openly supports, trains, finances, and arms terrorists as a matter of State policy." It has the dubious honor of harbouring the most number of terrorists approved by the UN Security Council."

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