New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday said the government is committed to forging a “mutually respectful relationship” with Pakistan while asserting that “firm and effective” steps will be taken to deal with any situation arising out of cross-border insurgency.
In his customary address to the joint sitting of both Houses of Parliament outlining the government’s agenda in the coming financial year, he said the government is fully committed to firmly dealing with all challenges concerning the security of India.
“Terrorism is a global threat and strong counter measures are necessary worldwide to eradicate it completely,” Mukherjee said, congratulating the government forces for successfully foiling the recent attack at the Pathankot airbase.
He said: “Firm and effective steps will be taken to deal with any situation arising out of cross-border terrorism.”
Turning to Pakistan, the president said the government of India was committed to forging a “mutually-respectful relationship” with Pakistan and in creating an environment of cooperation in combating cross-border insurgency.
“My government believes in a secure and prosperous future for our neighbourhood,” he said, adding that “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam: The world is one family” was the principle to which the government was committed. “Its expression is most resonant in the steps we have taken in reaching out to our neighbours,” he said at the outset.