February 19, 2010 4:04:51 pm
India on Friday said there was “nothing wrong” in holding Foreign Secretary-level talks with Pakistan though terrorist camps along the borders in that country were “still active”.
“It is a considered decision of the government to have Foreign Secretary-level talks with Pakistan. There is nothing wrong in that. Everything will now depend on the outcome of the talks,” Defence Minister A K Antony told reporters here when asked why talks were being held with Pakistan when it had not stopped aiding terrorists targeting India.
To a question about what will be the outcome of the talks,he said,”What will be the outcome,I can’t say. I am not an astrologer.” Antony said,”All the 32 (terrorist camps in Pakistan) near their border are active even now.
“This year,the number of infiltration attempts has also gone up. All the terror outfits are still active and that is our main concern but despite this…,” he said.
On the complaints of local residents about sonic booms over Goa,the Defence Minister apologised to the citizens of the state,saying,”We are sorry for the incident. We were not able to inform in advance.”
The citizens in the state had complained about hearing loud blasts over sea created by the MiG-29K fighter planes. The Navy had clarified that the loud sounds were sonic booms,which were created when the fighter aircraft attain supersonic speeds (over one mach).
After the complaints,the Navy has now decided to train for such flights away from the coasts and over deep sea.
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