Not talking to Pakistan not an alternative: PM

New Delhi, March 5 (IANS) Days after foreign-secretary level talks between India and Pakistan, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Friday said that not talking to Islamabad was not an alternative, But he made it clear that Pakistan needs to curb terror emanating from its soil.

“Whatever our problems in South Asia, we must learn to talk to each other,� Manmohan Singh said while ruling out third party mediation in bilateral issues between India and Pakistan.

He was replying to the debate on the motion of thanks to President Pratibha Patil’s address to both houses of parliament.

“Dialogue is the only way forward,” the prime minister said, adding that Pakistan must act against terror for a meaningful dialogue to progress.