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India for measured contact with Pak, but no composite dialogue

Reacting to Pakistan PM Yusuf Raza Gilani's suggestion for the resumption of dialogue, stalled after the Mumbai attacks, highly-placed sources in New Delhi said the atmosphere is not conducive for restarting talks as Pakistan needs to pay "serious attention" in addressing India's concerns over terrorism emanating from its soil.

delhi Updated: Jan 29, 2010 18:27 IST

India on Friday favoured a "measured contact" with Pakistan but ruled out the resumption of the composite dialogue at this stage.

Reacting to Pakistan Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani's suggestion for the resumption of dialogue, stalled after the Mumbai attacks, highly-placed sources in New Delhi said the atmosphere is not conducive for restarting talks as Pakistan needs to pay "serious attention" in addressing India's 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 on Thursday 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....atmoshphere 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.