NEW DELHI (Agencies) India said Monday that any meaningful relationship with Pakistan required Islamabad to seriously crack down on terrorism - as the rivals prepared for their first official talks since the Mumbai attacks. India has a zero tolerance policy towards terrorism and continues to remain vigilant against all forms of challenges posed by the menace, Indian President Pratibha Patil said while addressing a joint sitting of both Houses of Parliament on the opening day of the Budget Session. She, however, left the door open for improved relations between the nuclear armed neighbours, whose foreign secretaries are scheduled to meet on Thursday. She said that India was ready to explore a meaningful relationship with Pakistan to address threat and terrorism. India is ready to explore a meaningful relationship with Pakistan if Pakistan seriously addresses the threat of terrorism and takes effective steps to prevent terrorist activities against India, she said in her customary address to the joint sitting of Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha. She claimed that India had played its role in global affairs with responsibility and in the pursuit of peace, stability and progress in its region and beyond. Alleging that infiltration of terrorists from across the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir has gone up, the India President said that security situation has significantly improved in the state. She claimed that Prime Minister Manmohan Singhs reconstruction plan for Jammu and Kashmir has been working well. Government remains vigilant against all forms of challenges posed by terrorism. Zero tolerance of terrorist activities is our principal policy. We have to keep constant watch and innovate against global terrorist groups, she said. President Pratibha Patil said that Indias relations with the major powers have been further consolidated. Referring to Afghanistan, she said India would continue its reconstruction work in Afghanistan, adding We will continue to partner Afghanistan in its development efforts. She further said, We will accord the highest priority to modernisation programmes to equip our armed forces with the required weaponry, equipment and platforms. The successful launch of the Agni-III missile is a shining example of the capabilities of our scientists and engineers who deserve full praise. Referring to the overall security scenario of the country, the Indian President said though the security situation has improved significantly in Jammu and Kashmir as well as in the Northeast, left-wing extremism continues to be a significant cause of concern. Delivering a keynote address at the 3rd International Institute for Strategic Studies-MEA Dialogue, Perspectives on Foreign Policy for a 21st Century India in London, Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao said Pakistan dismantling terror networks was an absolute must if this weeks attempt to resume dialogue between the two neighbours is to go anywhere. She said that Indian concerns about what she called militant groups based in Pakistan would form the main focus of her talks on Thursday with her Pakistani counterpart Salman Bashir. She further said New Delhi is disturbed by the call for jihad by certain elements in Pakistan. She also made it clear that process of normalisation of ties with Pakistan can be sustained only by effective action against groups there calling for jihad against India. Nirupama said attacks on Indian soil allegedly originating in Pakistan would be at the core of her talks with her counterpart Salman Bashir. Out of our desire for peaceful relations with Pakistan, we have repeatedly taken initiatives in the past to improve the relationship, she said. Meanwhile, Indian External Affairs Minister S M Krishna said the beheading of a Sikh by suspected Taliban was the most barbaric and may be discussed during the two countries talks on February 25. Krishna said all issues concerning the relations between the two countries would be taken up during the Foreign Secretary-level parleys. Pakistan must ensure the safety of minorities, said Krishna while commenting on the murder of the Sikh in Khyber Agency area near Peshawar. The issue is likely to come up at the India-Pakistan Foreign Secretary-level talks scheduled for February 25. The victim was identified as Jaspal Singh, who was kidnapped along with two other Sikh residents by suspected Taliban from Tirah Valley in Khyber Agency near Peshawar Jaspals two other companions, Gorwandar Singh and Srujeet Singh, are still being held captive by the militants, the report said. We are in touch with the Indian High Commission in Islamabad and are looking into the matter. We will bring up the issue with Pakistan, Krishna told reporters outside Parliament. All issues concerning the relations between the two countries depending upon time permitting will be taken up, he said. The government in Indian Punjab has sought the central governments intervention to ensure the safety of Sikhs in the restive tribal region in Pakistan. The government should not sleep in this matter. Life of Sikhs should be protected, Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said in Chandigarh. Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said that India needs to talk to Pakistan over the incident. It is a serious issue and there is a need to talk to Pakistan. It also sends a message to world powers who are trying to differentiate between good and bad Taliban, Tewari told reporters in Delhi. He said the government had been regularly taking up the issue of providing security to minorities, especially Sikhs, in Pakistan.