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NEW DELHI, NOV. 14. India was keen on carrying forward the dialogue process with Pakistan and it hoped that President Pervez Musharraf would stand by his commitment of not allowing the territory under his control to be used for terrorist acts against New Delhi, the External Affairs Minister, Natwar Singh, said today.
"We are hopeful that President Musharraf will stand by the commitment he made on January 6, 2004. We hope that cross-border activity will cease and terrorist movement will stop," Mr. Singh told reporters on the sidelines of `The Second International Law Conference.'
The Minister said there had been "several interactions" with Pakistan on the issue as "a lot of interests" were involved and India was keen to take the talks forward when the Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, meets Pakistani leaders in Dhaka during the SAARC summit in January next. However, there would not be any set agenda for the talks when leaders of the two countries meet in Dhaka.
Assurance to Vajpayee
Gen. Musharraf had assured the former Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, in Islamabad on January 6 this year that the territory under Pakistan's control would not be allowed to be used for terrorist activities against India or any other country.
Mr. Singh said India would soon have eight meetings with Pakistan to discuss interaction between the trading communities of both countries, linking the countries by rail and road, opening up of consulates in Karachi and Mumbai, apart from talks on nuclear issues and cross-border terrorism.
"India and Pakistan will keep each other informed on developments regarding nuclear issues," he said.
Earlier delivering the inaugural address at the conference organised by the Indian Society of International Law, Mr. Singh, in an apparent reference to the U.S.-led war on Iraq, said it was a "bad example of the of the doctrine of use of force."
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