Pune blasts should not derail Indo-Pak talks: Kerry
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Last Updated: Monday, February 15, 2010, 22:28
  
New York: Making a strong pitch for the resumption of Indo-Pak talks, powerful US senator John Kerry has said scuttling of the process following the blast in Pune would be the "greatest mistake".

Kerry has said the bomb blast that claimed nine lives in Pune should not derail the resumption of diplomatic talks but should be the first item on the agenda if India finds a Pakistani link to it.

"The right thing is to talk; you lose nothing by talking," chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said in an interview to the Wall Street Journal, stressing that by not talking the two countries would play into the hands of the terrorists.

The "greatest mistake" in responding to another terror strike that emanated from Pakistan would be for the two sides to give those responsible what they seek to achieve: the subversion of democracy and the rule of law, he said.

"I hope India will have that conversation with Pakistan and, if they have evidence to that effect (of a Pakistani link to the blast), that should be the first thing on the table and Pakistan has to deal with it," he added.

The Indo-Pak composite dialogue has been stalled ever since Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists attacked Mumbai in November, 2008, killing 166 people.

The latest terror attack came as India and Pakistan are preparing to hold Foreign Secretary level talks on February 25 after a hiatus of 14 months.

PTI


First Published: Monday, February 15, 2010, 22:28


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