India-Pak FS meet again ahead of Manmohan-Gilani pow wow

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Sharm el-Sheikh (Egypt), July 16 (ANI): Indian Foreign Secretary Shiv Shankar Menon met his Pakistani counterpart Salman Bashir on the sidelines of the XVth Non-Alignment Movement (NAM) Summit for a second time on Wednesday.

The meeting was held ahead of meeting between Prime Ministers Manmohan Singh and Yousuf Raza Gilani on Thursday.

Describing India's relations with Pakistan as "stressed", Menon said it was no use doing the same dialogue over and over again unless it deals with reality.

"Now you can't just keep doing the same dialogue over and over again unless it deals with reality as we find it and with the sources of trouble in our relationship. That's part of it. So what we're saying here is, 'let's see how we deal with the situation'," Menon told a news conference.

Speaking on terrorist attacks, he said: "We have a situation where India Pakistan relations are stressed and they're stressed for certain reasons; because of terrorist attacks on India from Pakistan. So we need to take that into account, to see how we deal with that first, and then we'll see... but we are not. What I'm trying to say is, there is no such decision saying we will not do this, we will not do that. No we are saying we have a situation here, we have to see how we deal with it."

Menon said India has made it clear to Pakistan that it has to bring the perpetrators of the Mumbai attack to justice and take credible steps to dismantle the infrastructure of terrorism in Pakistan.

"What we have always said is credible action to bring the perpetrators of the Mumbai attacks to justice, that's what we have said from day two. Secondly credible action to dismantle the infrastructure of terrorism in Pakistan from which attacks on India take place," he added.

He said India has already raised the issue of Indian fugitives in Pakistan during his discussions with Bashir.

"We raised the issue of Indian fugitives from Indian justice who are in Pakistan, we did raise the issue," he said. By Smita Prakash (ANI)

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