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India, Pak ministers avoid meeting, further chill in relations

world Updated: Nov 29, 2009 17:22 IST
Ajay Kaul
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In a reflection of further chill in Indo-Pak relations, Foreign Ministers of the two countries avoided a meeting even though they were at the same venue here for the last three days to attend the Commonwealth Summit.

India was not keen on a meeting between Foreign Ministers of the two countries as it is unhappy over Pakistan's response to demand for action against those involved in the Mumbai attacks.

India put the Composite Dialogue process with Pakistan on hold after the Mumbai terror attacks, which were carried out by Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists from that country. New Delhi had been maintaining that the dialogue process couldn't be resume unless Islamabad takes credible action against terror emanating from its soil.

Sources said though India was not averse to talks with Pakistan at any level, but these serve no purpose on the ground given the attitude of Pakistan.

External Affairs Minister S M Krishna and his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi were here on November 25, 26 and 27 to attend the foreign ministers meeting of the Commonwealth countries.

Sources said that substantive meetings serve no purpose in terms of translating words into action by Pakistan.

Qureshi, who is representing his country in place of President Asif Ali Zardari, had yesterday said that Pakistan was always ready for talks with India but without any preconditions.