No composite dialogue with Pak yet: Krishna

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New Delhi, Feb 17: Foreign Minister SM Krishna on Wednesday, Feb 17, said that India is not in favour of resumption of the composite dialogue process with Pakistan.

"The composite dialogue has been suspended for very good reason. Let the nation not be under mistaken inference that composite dialogues are being renewed," he said in an interview to CNN-IBN.

He said India was concerned about the terrorist activities aimed at it and emanating from across the border. It was necessary to engage Pakistan in this very critical area.

"Hence we offered that the talks take place at the level of foreign secretaries. We do not know what issues the Pakistan Foreign Secretary is going to raise. The brief for our secretary is that terror is the centre and focus point of talks," he said.

India and Pakistan are scheduled to hold Foreign Secretary level talks on Feb 25 in New Delhi.

Krishna"s assertion comes after the Union Cabinet made it clear India will go ahead with the talks, despite the Pune blast.

India had suspended the composite dialogue process with Pakistan after the Nov 26, 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai, which claimed 166 lives.

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