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Indian PM Says Pakistan Must Not Aid 'Terrorism'

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh

Ahead of a key meeting with his Pakistani counterpart, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has called on Islamabad to stop being "the epicenter of terrorism."

In his address to the UN General Assembly on September 28, Singh called for progress toward peace between the two South Asian rivals.

He said, "it is imperative that the territory of Pakistan and areas under its control are not utilized for aiding and abetting terrorism directed against India."

He is scheduled to meet Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on September 29.

Singh said he supports solving questions over the Himalayan Kashmir region but maintained that the territory is "an integral part of India."

Kashmir is currently divided between India and Pakistan but both nations claim it in its entirety.

The two countries have fought two wars over Kashmir.

Based on reporting by AFP and AP