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India, Pak home secy level talks on Mar 28, 29

Hindustan Times  New Delhi, February 24, 2011
First Published: 00:19 IST(24/2/2011) | Last Updated: 00:21 IST(24/2/2011)

Marking the first step in the resumption of the stalled dialogue process, Home Secretaries of India and Pakistan will hold talks here on March 28 and 29 on a range of issues covering terrorism and progress in the 26/11 trial.

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This will be the first structured bilateral Secretary-level meeting on counter-terrorism after the recent Indo-Pak decision to resume comprehensive talks.

Islamabad has conveyed to New Delhi its consent to the meeting after Home Secretary Gopal K Pillai extended the invitation to Pakistan Interior Secretary Chaudhry Qamar Zaman last week.

India had proposed two sets of dates -March 21-22 and March 28-29.

More than two years after India had suspended the composite dialogue with Pakistan in the wake of the Mumbai terror attacks in November 2008, the two sides decided to resume comprehensive dialogue on all outstanding issues.

The meeting is expected to discuss counter-terrorism, including progress in Mumbai terror attacks trial and India's demand for voice samples of the 26/11 accused.

Pillai last week told PTI that India will ask Pakistan about the progress made in that country on the 26/11 investigations.

"We will ask for voice transcripts even though the trial court has said no.

We will ask them why they have not gone and appealed. I am sure the High Court or the Supreme Court may have said that the voice transcripts can be given," he had said.

India has been demanding voice samples of prime accused in the 26/11 case Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorist Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi and others giving instructions to the ten terrorists who attacked Mumbai.


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