NEW DELHI, Aug 15: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh warned Pakistan on Thursday against “anti-India activity” as tensions rise over a deadly attack on Indian soldiers.

“India has always strived for friendship with its neighbouring countries,” Mr Singh said in an annual address marking India’s independence day, delivered from the ramparts of the historic Red Fort in New Delhi.

“However, for relations with Pakistan to improve, it is essential they prevent the use of their territory and territory under their control for any anti-India activity,” he said.

India blamed the killing of five of its soldiers in disputed Kashmir last week on the Pakistan Army.

The Indian leader condemned the attack as “dastardly” and said New Delhi would “take all possible steps to prevent” in future such incidents.

Islamabad has denied involvement of its soldiers in last week’s ambush and accused Indian soldiers of killing a pair of Pakistani civilians and wounding two.

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif pledged on Wednesday to respond to the intensifying friction with “restraint and responsibility”.

But the renewed tensions have jeopardised plans for what the two governments hoped might be a breakthrough encounter between the two leaders on the sidelines of a UN meeting in New York next month.

India’s main opposition Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party has demanded that Mr Singh abandon tentative plans to meet Mr Sharif.

BJP leader and potential prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi accused Mr Singh on Thursday of failing to “talk tough” towards Pakistan.—Agencies

Opinion

Danger lurks
27 Sep 2021

Danger lurks

The colonial mindset continues to percolate.
Dance of death
Updated 27 Sep 2021

Dance of death

India is happily flirting with extermination.
Climate of change
Updated 26 Sep 2021

Climate of change

The world faces a climate emergency as the toll on people’s lives and livelihoods keeps growing.

Editorial

Phasing out coal
Updated 27 Sep 2021

Phasing out coal

Move affords Pakistan an opportunity to renegotiate its deals with Beijing to convert them into cheaper, clean energy projects.
27 Sep 2021

Poor online score

A RECENT report by Freedom House, the US-based watchdog that assesses democratic trends around the world, has placed...
27 Sep 2021

Child’s mental capacity

CONVERTING to another faith is one of the most consequential decisions an individual can make in their lifetime. It...
Updated 26 Sep 2021

Intransigent Taliban

PRIME MINISTER Imran Khan has delivered an effective speech at the UN General Assembly session detailing the salient...
26 Sep 2021

Deadly misinformation

THE distinction between ‘fake’ and ‘authentic’ news is now a concept impossible to escape. In an...
26 Sep 2021

Covid arrests

THE unilateral decision taken by Karachi’s East Zone police to arrest citizens without Covid vaccination cards ...