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Indo-Pak Home Secy-level talks begin

Home Secretary VK Duggal, who is heading the Indian delegation, said that the talks would focus on terrorism.

india Updated: May 30, 2006 14:18 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Home Secretaries of India and Pakistan held talks on Tuesday on terrorism and related issues, drug-trafficking and steps to release hundreds of prisoners of both the countries languishing in each other's jails.

Home Secretary VK Duggal, who is heading the Indian delegation, told the media after his arrival in Islamabad on Monday night that the talks would focus on terrorism and India would discuss its concerns with the Pakistani delegation headed by his counterpart Syed Kamal Shah.

He also said the two sides would try to finalise a Memorandum of Understanding between the two countries to enhance cooperation to contain drug-trafficking.

Both sides have prepared a draft to address drug-smuggling and hope to sign an MoU soon in this regard, he added.

The two sides would also discuss release of hundreds of prisoners languishing in each other's jails and streamline procedures to expeditiously release people crossing each other's borders inadvertently.

Duggal said the two sides tried to move forward on talks on many issues.

"Its a positive sign that the two countries have agreed to sit together to discuss various issues of vital interests for the sake of upcoming generations," he said.

First Published: May 30, 2006 13:04 IST