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Pune blast to cause difficulties for India on Feb 25 talks

delhi Updated: Feb 14, 2010 20:21 IST

The Pune bomb attack is expected to cast a shadow on the upcoming Foreign Secretary-level talks between India and Pakistan as the incident is likely to create difficulties for the government on going ahead with the dialogue considering the mounting opposition.

Ahead of the February 25 talks, the government is expected to take stock of the situation and consider all pros and cons once the investigators reach some conclusion about who was behind the blast.

For the moment, government sources say the talks schedule remains unchanged and the completion of probe should be awaited before anything could be said on it.

However, it is pointed out that the government would discuss the issue of the attack in the context of the upcoming talks when the investigations are completed.

India, which had refused to hold any dialogue with Pakistan after the 26/11 attacks, offered to hold Foreign Secretary-level talks only about two weeks back.

Significantly, the date for the talks was finalised a day ahead of the blast at German bakery in Pune.

"It is premature to talk about the talks now as there is no clarity yet about who is involved. Let the investigators complete the probe, then we can talk about the talks," a source said.

At the same time, the sources noted that such incidents are not ruled out in Indo-Pak affairs and these are factored in when any decision is taken.