No consensus on agenda for Feb.25 Indo-Pak talks as yet

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New Delhi, Feb.18 (ANI): With just a week left for the Foreign Secretary level talks the agenda of discussions still looks unclear.

Indian Foreign Minister SM Krishna has categorically said that Terrorism will remain the core of discussion and Pakistan is free to take up any issue of concern. But message is not clear to Islamabad, which is seeking more clarity on the statement and is adamantly advocating the inclusion of Kashmir and Water in the talks.

Clearing the mist, Government sources here explain that it is not a 'monologue' but a dialogue therefore terrorism should not be expected to be the focal point of discussion, However India's focus will remain on terrorism and Pakistan will raise issues of its concern they said.

Sources have told ANI that India is also likely to handover evidence of previous attacks and also recent attack on German bakery in Poone.

Indian Foreign Minister has also clarified its stand that foreign secretary-level talks should not be seen as a resumption of composite dialogue, has further confounded Islamabad and diplomatic sources here have told ANI that Pakistan is viewing the resumption of formal talks at the foreign secretary level as the first step to the resumption of composite dialogue.

Government sources here explain that composite dialogue is not just confined to Foreign Secretary level talks but it has many more arms at different levels.

The composite dialogue process, begun after the Islamabad SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) summit in 2004 comprised eight key components including Jammu and Kashmir, confidence-building measures, defence, trade and water-related issues that have plagued bilateralelations for decades.

Section of Experts and commentators here believe that If no framework of dialogue is composed before talks it will be difficult to achieve anything out of talks whereas others are viewing it as a good start to open the logjam in the stalled relationship.(ANI)

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