Indian PM asks Pakistan to rein in Islamic militants following deadly Kashmir attack

India's prime minister has asked Pakistan to prevent Islamic militants from using its territory as tensions rise between the longtime rivals following the recent killing of five Indian soldiers in fighting along the disputed Kashmir border.

India feels that Islamabad is not doing enough to rein in Islamic militants. It says the Pakistani military has nurtured the militants to fight a covert war over Kashmir, though Pakistan denies the claim.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said Thursday that for relations with Pakistan to improve, it is essential that Islamabad prevent the use of its territory for any anti-India activity.

Singh made the comments in a speech marking the anniversary of India's 1947 independence from Britain. He is under pressure from India's political opposition to adopt a tough policy against Pakistan.