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Resumption of talks: Pak puts ball in India's court

Foreign Minister Kasuri says neither India nor Pak does a favour by talking to each other. Is the peace process dead?

india Updated: Aug 02, 2006 17:49 IST

Observing that the peace process was in the interest of both countries, Pakistan on Wednesday said the ball was in India's court regarding the resumption of the Composite Dialogue.

"As far as the Composite Dialogue is concerned, we have a positive attitude," Foreign Minister Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri told reporters on the sidelines of the SAARC Foreign Ministers meeting here.

"We did not postpone the Foreign Secretary-level talks. It was postponed by India under certain circumstances. Now the ball is in India's court," he said.

India indefinitely postponed the Foreign Secretary-level talks proposed to be held on July 20 as involvement of elements in Pakistan was suspected in the July 11 Mumbai blasts.

Referring to the peace process, Kasuri said neither India nor Pakistan does a favour by talking to each other.

"It is in the interest of both the countries."

Commenting on suspicion by Indian security agencies that Pakistan-based terrorist groups were behind the blasts, he said there should be no "knee-jerk reaction" and suggested that New Delhi should focus on investigating the matter rather than "finger-pointing."

Pakistan has asked for evidence, but so much time has passed without it being given, he said, adding even in earlier incidents no concrete evidence was given by India about link of terrorists with Pakistan.

"We also want to know who are behind the Mumbai blasts. We have offered to join you in investigations if there are any leads," he said.

New Delhi says Jamaat-ud-Dawa is a cover organisation for terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba, which has been banned by several countries, including the US.

Both these groups are headed by the same person Hafiz Mohammad Sayeed.

On the informal talks between Foreign Secretaries of the two countries here on Monday on the sidelines of the SAARC conference, Kasuri said: "It was a positive meeting."

He, however, refused to disclose what exactly transpired, but said, "We hope we can proceed in a positive manner."

Kasuri criticised Indian media for blaming Pakistan within minutes of the Mumbai blasts, saying he wondered how they reached such a conclusion.