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Indo-Pak talks after Ramadan
Onkar Singh in New Delhi | October 06, 2006 23:04 IST
Foreign Secretary Shiv Shankar Menon on Friday said the foreign secretary-level talks between India and Pakistan will be held only after the holy month of Ramadan.
Addressing his first informal session with the media in New Delhi, Menon did not specify any time frame.
Speaking on the recently agreed upon joint mechanism to tackle terror, Menon denied that Pakistan has rejected the agreement.
"You should see their reaction after we gave our reaction to their initial statement. They said that if there was evidence they would have a look at it," he said.
He refused to divulge the details of his meeting with Union Home Secretary V K Duggal regarding the Mumbai train blasts.
"The issue is likely to be raised by the Indian side during the foreign secretary-level talks.
We will also specify what Pakistan needs to do in containing terrorism. Whether they do it today, tomorrow or later remains to be seen," he said.
He refused to comment on American ambassador's offer to help Indian agencies in investigating the 7/11 blasts.
He ruled out any time frame for handing over evidence to Pakistan. "We have to go through the legal process. It is only after the charge sheet is filed that we would be able to give any evidence to them. If we do so before it would amount to contempt of court," he said.