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Samjhauta, 26/11 attack to figure in Indo-Pak talks

The dialogue process between India and Pakistan is all set to resume next month with New Delhi expected to host the home secretary-level talks. Counter terrorism issues, progress of 26/11 Mumbai trial and Samjhauta blast investigations are the key issues which will figure in the talks.

delhi Updated: Feb 12, 2011 01:50 IST
Jayanth Jacob

The dialogue process between India and Pakistan is all set to resume next month with New Delhi expected to host the home secretary-level talks. Counter terrorism issues, progress of 26/11 Mumbai trial and Samjhauta blast investigations are the key issues which will figure in the talks.

Though the final dates are not decided yet, as per the plans chalked out at the foreign secretary-level talks in Thimpu on February 6, the meeting will be scheduled "within four weeks."

The home secretary-level talks are significant for India as the progress on the 26/11 Mumbai trial will come in the purview of these talks. India had suspended the dialogue process with Pakistan after Mumbai attack.

The sequencing of the dialogue is expected to move from the "easily deliverables" to the contentious issues, government sources said. So, after the home secretary-level talks, the humanitarian issues are expected to figure in the next edition of the talks-and the most contentious issue, Jammu & Kashmir will be discussed between the two foreign secretaries.

The foreign ministers of the two countries are set to meet to review the progress of the talks in July. Sources said New Delhi sensed two striking positives before restarting the dialogue process. Apart from all stakeholders including the army being on board, Islamabad agreed that there is a "peace dividend" for them as well if there is a "cooperative and cordial relationship" with India.