Nirupama Rao briefs GK Pillai 'to clear the air'

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New Delhi, Jul 23: Nirupama Rao, Foreign Secretary called Home Secretary GK Pillai on Thursday, Jul 22 evening to clear the air as Foreign Minister SM Krishna faces blasts for attacking Pillai in an interview to NDTV. The Opposition also accuses the Home and Foreign Ministries of not being on the same page on Pakistan.

SM Krishna had told in an interview with the channel that Pillai's comments may have been factual, but they were ill-timed. Pillai, on the eve of the Indo-Pak talks, had said that the interrogation of David Coleman Headley who had a role in planning Mumbai terror attacks revealed that Pakistan's ISI was involved from 'beginning to end' with the Mumbai attacks.

Rao is understood to have briefed Pillai about what occured during the External Affairs Minister's Pakistan visit.

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, during a press-meet had said that Pillai's remarks were uncalled for. He also tried to equate them to equate them to hate speeches by Hafiz Saeed, the leader of terrorist group Lashkar e Toiba, and the person who India holds responsible for the terror attack.

Qureshi's outburst were the most controversial headlines which emerged from the Indo-Pak talks.

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