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India, Pak discuss concerns over terrorism

Apart from discussing terror-related issues, the two sides will try to finalise an MoU to contain drug-trafficking.

india Updated: May 30, 2006 21:22 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

India forthrightly conveyed to Pakistan its concerns over increasing terrorist attacks in Jammu and Kashmir as well as in the rest of the country.

Talks between Home Secretaries of the two countries were confined mostly to terrorism, with India forthrightly conveying its concerns over growing attacks in Jammu and Kashmir as well as rest of the country, officials said.

New Delhi also expressed reservations over Pakistan's claims of a crackdown on the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba, they said.

The talks covered several other issues, including drug trafficking.

Emerging from the first round of talks with his Pakistani counterpart Sayed Kamal Shah, Home Secretary VK Duggal told reporters that there was a movement forward on all issues, including terrorism.

"If one looks at step-by-step progress, the answer is yes. The issues are fairly complicated. But we have moved a few steps forward," Duggal said.

In his comments, Shah said, "The talks were held in a very friendly and cordial atmosphere. Both sides were forthright and candid in expressing their views and we also showed great commitment and resolve to address those issues raised by both the countries and address them with a view to resolve them."

First Published: May 30, 2006 13:04 IST