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Combating terror high on agenda of Indo-Pak talks

Union Home Secretary Duggal, will leave for Islamabad on Monday for the Home Secretary-level talks with Pak.

india Updated: May 28, 2006 17:18 IST

Barely days after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's bold initiative to set up five working groups on Kashmir, Union Home Secretary VK Duggal will leave for Islamabad on Monday for the Home Secretary-level talks with Pakistan to provide an impetus to the composite dialogue process and launch a full-throttle campaign against terrorism.

Held against the backdrop of a spurt in terror attacks in the Kashmir Valley and reports of 59 militant camps operating from across the border, the two-day talks, beginning Tuesday, will discuss issues pertaining to terrorism, the need for increased co-operation on narcotics control and exchange of fishermen and prisoners.

New Delhi has taken a consistent stand that at least 59 terror camps are still operating in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). Many of these were destroyed in the October 8, 2005 earthquake, but many of these have once again become active.

India will remind Pakistan of its committments not to allow use of POK for terror activities.

The frame-work for the talks have been approved by the PMO and the Home Ministry.

"The emphasis during the talks will be on continuing the peace process and increasing people-to-people contact between the two countries," official sources said.

At the talks, Pakistan will be led by its Interior Secretary Syed Kamal Shah.

Mr Duggal will be accompanied by an eight-member delegation, which includes the Director General, Narcotics Control Bureau and senior officers from the CBI and the External Affairs Ministry.

First Published: May 28, 2006 17:18 IST