Indo-Pak dialogue begins on Tuesday

Updated on Mar 12, 2007 04:48 PM IST
New Delhi is expected to press the neighbour to take effective steps to curb cross-border terrorism during the talks.
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PTI | By, New Delhi

Taking forward the peace process, India and Pakistan will launch the fourth round of composite dialogue on Tuesday when New Delhi is expected to press the neighbour to take effective steps to curb cross-border terrorism.

At the two-day Foreign Secretary-level talks in Islamabad, the two sides will also discuss Jammu and Kashmir and various confidence building measures like launch of truck service between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad, easing of visa regime and early release of fishermen and other prisoners.

Pakistan may raise the demand for demilitarisation in Jammu and Kashmir but India is clear that such a step can be taken only when terrorism ends in the state.

On Jammu and Kashmir, India is ready to discuss any proposal for its resolution but will not accept anything that compromises national sovereignty or leads to change of boundaries as New Delhi feels a solution has to be found within the Constitution of the country.

Terror infrastructure in PoK, Pakistan part of Punjab and North West Frontier Province is still intact, which is a major concern for India. Besides, there is no reduction in infiltration figures.

These concerns will be conveyed to Pakistan by Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon to his counterpart Riaz Mohammad Khan with an emphasis that end to terrorism is crucial to allow the public opinion to remain with the peace process.

"On terrorism, Pakistan needs to take more action and this will be conveyed," sources said in New Delhi ahead of the talks.

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