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Indo-Pak talks tomorrow: More cross-LoC bus services on agenda

delhi Updated: May 19, 2008 15:40 IST
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Keen to take the peace process with Pakistan forward, India is expected to press for launch of more cross-LoC bus services and early operationalisation of the truck service when the two sides resume the composite dialogue in Islamabad on Tuesday.

The Indian side is also expected to propose increasing the frequency of fortnightly Srinagar-Muzaffarabad and Poonch-Rawalakot bus services to make these weekly, official sources said on Monday.

The Foreign Secretaries of the two countries will meet on Tuesday to set the agenda for talks between External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee and his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Wednesday, which will mark India's first high-level contact with the new Pakistan government.

During the much-delayed talks, the two sides will review the fourth round of composite dialogue and assess progress made on eight issues, including Jammu and Kashmir, terrorism, Siachen, Sir Creek and CBMs.

At the talks, the Indian side is expected to press for launch of Kargil-Skardu and Jammu-Sialkot bus services as part of additional initiatives to increase contacts between people on two sides of the LoC, the sources said.

The two sides will also discuss operationalisation of the truck service on Srinagar-Muzaffarabad route, they said. The two countries have already decided to launch the truck service to boost cross-LoC trade but lack of preparedness on part of the Pakistani side has been delaying the initiative.

India has already made all preparations, including widening the road between Baramulla and Kaman Post, the last point on this side of LoC, and establishing other infrastructural facilities.