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PC declines to speculate on Pune blast impact on Indo-Pak talk

india Updated: Feb 14, 2010 13:18 IST

Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Sunday refused to be drawn into the question if the Pune bomb blast would have a bearing on the proposed talks between India and Pakistan later this month.

"This matter (of Indo-Pak talk) will be considered in New Delhi," that was all Chidambaram said when asked at a press conference whether last night's blast would cast a shadow on the proposed Foreign Secretary-level talks.

"I will not go beyond this (the blast) incident in my responses," he said. The Minister was addressing the media after visiting the blast site in Koregaon area and meeting the victims undergoing treatment at various hospitals.

"I have not come here to answer questions on the diplomatic or external affairs side. Those are matters we will consider in Delhi...That we will discuss when I get back to Delhi," he said.

Foreign Secretaries of the two countries are slated to meet in Delhi on February 25.

BJP spokesman Prakash Javadekar had last night demanded that the government reconsider the Foreign Secretary-level talks in the wake of the terror attack in Pune, the first after 26/11 Mumbai massacre.

"Terror and talks cannot go together," Javadekar had said.