No composite dialogue with Pak : India

No composite dialogue with Pak : India

29 January 2010
The Daily Excelsior


NEW DELHI: India today favoured a 'measured contact' with Pakistan but ruled out resumption of composite dialogue at this stage. Reacting to Pakistan Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilaniís suggestion for the resumption of dialogue, stalled after the Mumbai attacks, highly-placed sources here said the atmosphere is not conducive for restarting talks as Pakistan needs to pay 'serious attention' in addressing Indiaís concerns over terrorism emanating from its soil. However, indicating slight movement towards a thaw, the sources said no relationship can be 'static' and there could be some 'measured contact' between India and Pakistan. 'We are not ruling out such communication,' they said indicating the possibility of contact between the Foreign Ministers and Foreign Secretaries of the two countries. 'Some contact will take place but to take things really forward, we have to have a conducive atmosphere,' they said. Pushing for resumption of Indo-Pak dialogue, Gilani had yesterday said Pakistan and India should not be held 'hostage to one incident' of 26-11 and should hold talks since both the countries cannot 'afford war'. 'There has to be lot of de-clogging that needs to be done after the Mumbai terror attacks....Atmosphere is not conducive...,' sources said while noting that the rise in the infiltration attempts in Jammu and Kashmir, despite it being the winter season, is a matter of concern. 'This is definitely a matter of concern for us,' they said. 'We cannot say, here we stand, here we remain forever... We have to face the reality....We have to consistently develop right responses...,' they said. Asked what kind of issues can be discussed in absence of composite dialogue framework, they said issues of fishermen, prisoners and people-to-people contact can be taken up. On Hafiz Saeed, the alleged mastermind of the Mumbai attacks, they said 'he is culpable' and there were leads to prove that. India has been maintaining that sufficient evidence has been provided to Pakistan to act against Saeed while Pakistan has been claiming that evidence given to it against him was not 'legally tenable.' India has been pressing Pakistan to dismantle terror infrastructure and take action against terror outfits indulging in anti-India acts. (PTI) †


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