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India, Pakistan begin talks on trade

A seven-member Pakistani delegation was in New Delhi for the two-day talks.

india Updated: May 02, 2006 15:15 IST

India and Pakistan began talks on Tuesday on increasing trade and transport links in Kashmir and at creating meeting areas for families who have been divided by the dispute in the region that is split between the two countries, officials said.

A seven-member Pakistani delegation was in New Delhi for the two-day talks, part of a sweeping peace process begun two years ago by the rival nations.

The talks were expected to cover arrangements for a truck service to conduct trade along the route linking Srinagar and Muzaffarabad, said a statement from India's foreign affairs ministry.

Also covered will be plans for a bus service linking the two sides' towns of Punch and Rawalkot, the statement said.