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CCS firms up agenda for Indo-Pak meetings

The Cabinet Committee on Security is understood to have firmed up agenda on Sunday for upcoming Home Minister and Foreign Secretary-level talks between India and Pakistan.

delhi Updated: Jun 20, 2010 23:46 IST

The Cabinet Committee on Security is understood to have firmed up agenda on Sunday for upcoming Home Minister and Foreign Secretary-level talks between India and Pakistan.

The CCS, at a two-and-a-half-hour long meeting chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, is believed to have reviewed the situation in the sub-continent ahead of the key meetings later this week.

India and Pakistan is expected to take steps to reduce trust deficit between the countries when Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao meets her Pakistani counterpart Salman Bashir on Thursday.

This will be followed by Home Minister P Chidambaram's visit to Islamabad for a meeting of SAARC Interior Ministers on June 26. Chidambaram is also scheduled to meet Pakistan Interior Minister Rahman Malik.

India is expected to convey its serious concerns over continuing terror by Pakistan-based groups, speedy conclusion of trial of those involved in 26/11 attacks, infiltration, ceasefire violations and drug trafficking from across the LoC.

The CCS is believed to be of the view that it was Pakistan's responsibility to ensure that groups operating from its soil should not be able to carry out such attacks as any such strike in future will have a very "damaging impact".

Chidambaram is likely to seek information about actions taken by Islamabad to rein in Jamaat-ud Dawa chief Hafeez Saeed, the mastermind of Mumbai attacks.

Foreign Secretary Rao is expected to explore avenues to reduce the trust deficit between the two countries.

Besides conveying India's serious concerns over terror by Pakistan-based groups and speedy conclusion of the trial of those involved in 26/11 attacks, Rao is also likely to explore ways to increase people-to-people contact and trade across the LoC in Kashmir.

On the sidelines of the SAARC Summit in Thimphu in April, Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan had directed the Foreign Secretaries and Foreign Ministers to explore ways and means to reduce trust deficit between the countries.