Bilateral talks if Pak visit happens, says PC

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New Delhi, Feb 2: Union Home Minister P Chidambaram has said that bilateral talks with Pakistan may happen if he attended the SAARC Home Ministers conference in Islamabad.

Presenting the monthly report card of his Ministry, Chidambaram said, "I presume if I go to Pakistan, I presume we will hold bilateral talks if there is an opportunity. But remember SAARC is a multilateral forum."

The SAARC conference begins on Feb 20 and there are indications that Chidambaram may attend.

The conference will be attended by ministers from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

The Home Ministers are expected to discuss regional cooperation for dealing with terrorism, narcotics and organised crime.

There has been no ministerial visit from India to Pakistan since the 2008 Mumbai terror strikes.

The last visit was by Pranab Mukherjee in May 2008 who was then the external affairs minister.

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