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India, Pak to hold talks to boost transport link

The two sides will discuss a proposed truck service for trade on a Kashmir bus route.

india Updated: May 01, 2006 19:23 IST

Pakistani officals arrived in India on Monday to begin talks aimed at improving transport links between the two rival nations, officials said.

A seven-member delegation from Pakistan led by Syed Ibne Abbas, foreign ministry director general for South Asia, will start the two-day talks on Tuesday with Indian officials, a foreign ministry statement said.

The two sides will discuss a proposed truck service for trade on a Kashmir bus route which was opened for passengers last year between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad, which is held in part by both.

The discussions will also cover the launch of a new passenger bus service between Poonch in Kashmir and the Pakistani city of Rawalkot.

"The talks will cover the arrangements for the operationalisation of the truck service for trade on the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad route, the commencement of a bus service between Poonch and Rawalkot...," the statement said.

The two South Asian neighbours started a series of talks two years ago, which have resulted in new train and bus services.