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India puts Pak talks on hold till Sept-end

There is a possibility of a meeting between PM and Nawaz Sharif in UN General Assembly.

Written by Shubhajit Roy | New Delhi |
August 20, 2013 1:10:18 am

Hardening its stance,New Delhi has decided to put talks with Pakistan “on freeze” and official meetings will not be held till September end,sources said here Monday.

However,there is a possibility of a meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York in September last week. And a call will be taken on how to proceed on dialogue process after that meeting,the sources said.

Meet between Manmohan Singh and Nawaz Sharif will help build trust: Pakistan

They said India will not respond to the suggested dates for water secretary-level meeting,as well as dates for the joint commission,which were to be held in September.

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No dates for a possible Home Secretary-level talks are being considered now,which were earlier proposed to be held in October,sources said. The decision has been taken in the backdrop of the killing of five Indian soldiers on the Line of Control and incessant ceasefire violations over the past few days.

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With the Central government on the backfoot since the Opposition has been critical during the current session,New Delhi is keen to not be seen too be weak in response.

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