Union Defence Minister A K Antony on Friday asked Pakistan to translate its promises into actions first before India takes serious steps towards normalising ties with it.
“A lot of promises were made. But promises are not enough. Our considered view is that you have to wait and watch. We should not take any serious steps unless we are convinced that these promises are actually translated into action,” Antony told reporters here on the sidelines of a defence event.
Antony was responding to queries on the India-Pakistan hostilities along the LoC after two Indian soldiers were beheaded by Pakistani troopers at Mendhar in Jammu and Kashmir on January 8. “Even though tension has reduced (along the Line of Control), we cannot relax, because we have to maintain a strong vigil.” However, he did not explain what these promises Pakistan made in the context of the LoC hostilities.
On protecting India’s interests in South China Sea, Antony said, “we do not have any assets at the moment in the South China Sea. It is still in discussion stages.”