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Terror, new ideas on India, Pak menu

The two countries will discuss bilateral ties when foreign secretaries meet to kick off 3rd round of composite talks.

india Updated: Jan 15, 2006 17:38 IST

India and Pakistan will discuss "new ideas" on promoting bilateral ties when Foreign Secretaries of the two countries meet here on Tuesday to kick off the third round of Composite Dialogue amid New Delhi's serious concerns over continued cross-border terrorism.

During the two-day talks between Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran and his Pakistani counterpart Riaz Mohammad Khan, the two sides will review the progress of ongoing peace initiatives and confidence-building measures (CBMs) with an aim to ensure their early implementation.

"There are new ideas which will be discussed at the meeting," official sources said on Sunday without divulging specifics as it may pre-empt the talks.

The Indian side is expected to make some fresh proposals with regard to enhancement of people-to-people contacts, like launch of transportation links and tourism exchanges.

The two countries will also review the progress on proposals already made like the launch of bus service between Kargil in Jammu and Kashmir and Skardu in Northern Areas of the state under Pakistani occupation.

Work with regard to launch of the truck service on Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road and start of Munnabao-Khokrapar train service will also be reviewed.

Taking place in the backdrop of terror attacks in Delhi and Bangalore in which Pak-based Lashker-e-Taiba (LeT) have been found involved, the meeting will discuss terrorism which is of much importance to India, the sources said.

First Published: Jan 15, 2006 13:13 IST