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Dawood?s extradition talks to come up soon: Menon

India can take up issue with Pak with decision on joint anti-terror mechanism, says the foreign secy-designate. Pics

india Updated: Sep 17, 2006 14:19 IST

India on Sunday said the decision to set up the anti-terrorism institutional mechanism has made possible the resumption of dialogue process with Pakistan and that it can take up all issues including the long-standing demand for extradition of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and Hizbul leader Syed Salahuddin, both residing in that country.

However, New Delhi turned down suggestions that there has been a "shift" in its stance in acknowledging that Pakistan is a victim of terrorism and made it clear that there cannot be a guarantee that all kinds of terrorist acts would come to an end with the setting up of the mechanism.

It also denied that it had blamed Pakistan for the serial blasts in Mumbai and said investigations were still on.

Replying to a volley of questions on the issue of mechanism that will identify and implement counter-terrorism initiatives and investigations, contained in the joint press statement of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Pervez Musharraf on Saturday, Foreign Secretary-designate P Shivshankar Menon told journalists that "this is a new (step). We have not done this before with Pakistan. We have had discussions but not in terms of an institutional mechanism. It is new".

"And that is what has made it possible to resume the dialogue, take the peace process forward and we see this seems to be the way forward with Pakistan. This is new. It's functions are clear. We have got the mandate. It is to identify the kind of terrorism and organisations. We think it is a broad mandate. What it will be, is for the two sides to discuss and implement it."

First Published: Sep 17, 2006 12:41 IST