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Terror tops Indo-Pak talks agenda on Nov 14

Diplomats of the two nations are due to meet on Tuesday for the first time since the talks were suspended after Mumbai blasts.

india Updated: Nov 11, 2006 12:39 IST

Curbing terrorism will top the agenda in India's peace talks with Pakistan that were put on hold after July's deadly bomb attacks on trains in Mumbai, Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee said.

Top diplomats of the two countries are due to meet in New Delhi on Tuesday for the first time since the dialogue was suspended after the bombings in Mumbai.

India accused Pakistan's military spy agency of masterminding the attack that claimed 186 lives and wounded more than 800 people, a charge rejected by Islamabad.

"Terrorism is an important issue because earlier talks were suspended because of the public outrage after Mumbai blasts," Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee told reporters in New Delhi late on Friday.

"I would like that they should stick to (previous) assurances (to check militants) which they have given," Mukherjee said.

The South Asian rivals agreed to set up an anti-terrorism cooperation mechanism when Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh met Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf on the sidelines of a summit in Cuba in September.

Mukherjee said the two sides would discuss the setting up of the mechanism during the dialogue between Indian foreign secretary Shivshankar Menon and his Pakistani counterpart Riaz Mohammad Khan.

New Delhi accuses Pakistan's spy agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence, of abetting militant attacks in India, including the Mumbai bombings.

Pakistan has asked India to back up its charges with evidence.

The nuclear-armed rivals launched the peace process in 2004 and opened new transport links to boost ties.

But they have made little headway on the central issue of Kashmir, which is divided between the two but claimed in full by both.

First Published: Nov 11, 2006 12:39 IST