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Pak rules out including 26/11 in foreign secretary-level talks

world Updated: Jun 18, 2011 09:09 IST
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Pakistan's Foreign Office has said that fresh evidence regarding the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks should not be discussed at the upcoming talks between the Pakistani and Indian Foreign Secretaries, and insisted that the agenda should be the same as agreed to by the two sides in Thimphu.

"The agenda for the upcoming meeting is very clearly the three issues that have been indicated — peace and security, Jammu and Kashmir and friendly exchanges," the Dawn quoted Foreign Office spokesperson Tehmina Janjua, as saying at a press briefing.

She said the 26/11 Mumbai terror siege should be discussed by the Interior Secretaries of both countries.

"On counter-terrorism we have already had discussions under the Interior/Home Secretary rubric where all these issues have been discussed. Whenever

India provides us fresh information, it is sent to the Ministry of Interior and it is examined by them," she said in reply to a question.

India has handed over a dossier to Pakistan based on information provided by the United States after the testimony of Lashkar-e-Taiba operative David Headley during Tahawwur Rana's recent trial in Chicago.

The dossier contains details of five suspects linked to the Mumbai attacks- Sajid Mir, Abu Qahafa, Major Iqbal, Mazhar Iqbal and a man identified only as "Lashkar member D".

Earlier this week, external affairs minister SM Krishna said that the "nexus between the ISI and the perpetrators of the Mumbai attacks highlighted during the trial in Chicago" would be taken up at the forthcoming talks.

The differences between India and Pakistan over the agenda of the talks may cause a stalemate and prevent the two sides from agreeing on the dates for the talks between their secretaries. Deadlock on the Siachen and Sir Creek issues has already contributed to the deterioration in the atmosphere before the crucial talks.

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