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Indo-Pak Foreign Ministerial talks tomorrow

delhi Updated: Jun 26, 2008 22:19 IST

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With infiltration recording an increase lately, India is expected to press Pakistan to take concrete action to curb flow of terrorists from its soil at the foreign ministerial talks in New Delhi on Friday.

New Delhi will also propose launch of more cross-LoC bus services and some other confidence building measures when External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee holds talks with his counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi in the second high-level contact with the new Pakistan government in a month.

During the talks, the two sides will discuss the whole range of issues, including terrorism and Jammu and Kashmir, and decide dates for the launch of fifth round of composite dialogue next month.

India hopes to build on what was discussed during the foreign ministerial talks in Islamabad last month and the two sides will discuss ways this regard, official sources said in New Delhi on Thursdsay.

Underlining New Delhi's keenness to take its ties with Islamabad forward, the sources, however, noted that the continuation of the dialogue process is premised on three factors, including creation of an atmosphere free of violence which involves action by Pakistan against terrorists based in that country.

India believes that all issues that "divide" the two countries need to be resolved peacefully in an atmosphere free of violence and terrorism.

In this regard, sources here pointed out that infiltration of militants had increased lately and the Indian side would be looking at what steps Pakistan had taken to check it.

With the new democratic government in place in Islamabad, India is hopeful that Pakistan would take positive steps on checking cross-border activity.

Efforts to take the peace process and dialogue process forward would be productive, depending on what Pakistan does on curbing cross-border terrorism.

New Delhi is encouraged by the meeting of the Joint Anti-Terror Mechanism (JATM) held in Islamabad two days back, particularly as it indicated the new Pakistan government's desire to continue to work with India in fight against the scourge.

At the meeting, Pakistan gave response to the information given by India about cross-border terrorism earlier. New Delhi furnished some fresh evidence regarding cross-border linkages to various terrorist acts here.

"The visit will help Pakistan and India carry forward the peace process and address outstanding issues," Pakistan Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Sadiq said in Islamabad.

He said Qureshi will discuss "issues of mutual interest and explore the possibility of furthering bilateral cooperation for the common benefit and prosperity of the two countries."