India weighs Pakistan offer for talks

Last Updated: Fri, Jan 18, 2013 00:03 hrs

Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid on Thursday said a decision on the offer of talks with his Pakistani counterpart Hina Rabbani Khar over the tensions along the border in Kashmir had not yet been taken.

"These are things which you should analyse, reflect on and take a decision. When we take a decision, we will let you know. Let´s just take things a step at a time," he said

"We have been through difficult moments. The government will take everything into account. The PM has given a clear indication that we will move step by step. Let´s see what is necessary to do and say, there´s no hurry," he added.

Khurshid met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday on Pakistan´s offer for foreign-minister level talks to check tension at the Line of Control.

India is keen to find out the range of discussion that Pakistan seeks and the talks might not happen at the the ministerial level at all, media reports said.

On Wednesday, Pakistan foreign minister Khar invited her Indian counterpart for talks to check the escalating tension between the two nuclear-armed neighbours in the wake of ceasefire violations along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir.

Speaking to CNN, she said, "We would think the best way to deal with this instead of raising the rhetoric would be a political level discussion and I am open to have a dialouge with the external affairs minister of India."

"I invite him for that matter for a dialogue at the political level so that we can resolve the LoC issue and to ensure we continue to respect the ceasefire, which is absolutely crucial because if we start acting in this manner then we are going back into the history," she said.

Also on Wednesday, the directors general of military operations of both the countries spoke on a hotline and agreed on the need to reduce the tension along the LoC.

There have been no reports of firing across the Line of Control since then.

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