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Pal to prepare ground for Indo-Pak secy talks

Satyabrata Pal will hold consultations to prepare ground for the foreign secretary-level talks next month.

india Updated: Oct 29, 2006 15:02 IST

India's new High Commissioner to Pakistan, Satyabrata Pal, is expected to hold wide ranging consultations with the Pakistani leadership in order to prepare ground for the foreign secretary-level talks next month.

Pal is expected to arrive here on November 1, about two weeks ahead of the Foreign Secretary-level talks, to review the third round of the Composite Dialogue process, officials said.

He is expected to hold consultations with the Pakistani leadership, perhaps even meet President Pervez Musharraf before leaving for home to attend the talks scheduled for November 14-15.

He is also expected to meet Pakistan Foreign Minister Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri and Foreign Secretary Riaz Muhammad Khan.

Pal's consultations with Pakistani officials would focus on giving a proper shape and substance to the joint mechanism on terrorism agreed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Pervez Musharraf during the Havana Summit.

The mechanism, yet to be finalised, however, would face its first test when India forward what it perceives to be "pretty good" evidence of Pakistan's involvement in Mumbai bomb blasts, which Pakistan firmly denies.

New Delhi may also forward evidence of the "capture" of two Pakistan militants in Bangalore, if the investigations into the completed by that time, officials said.

At the talks, Indian and Pakistan officials were expected to hold informal consultations on all major issues covered in the Composite Dialogue process, including Kashmir, Siachen and Sir Creek.

First Published: Oct 29, 2006 14:36 IST