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VK Duggal to ask Pakistan to cease terror

India will draw Pakistan's attention to around 60 terrorist camps operating in Pok during the two-day Home Secretary-level talks beginning in Islamabad on Tuesday.

india Updated: May 29, 2006 19:18 IST
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India will draw Pakistan's attention to around 60 terrorist camps operating in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (Pok) and ask Islamabad to take firm steps to stop cross-border terrorism during the two-day Home Secretary-level talks beginning in Islamabad on Tuesday.

Pakistan, on its part, is likely to place documentary proof of involvement of Indian consulates in Afghanistan in the terrorist acts on Pakistani soil, Pakistani media reports said on.

The Nation quoted an unnamed official as saying that Pakistan will point out to the Indian side that its consulates in Afghanistan were supporting the miscreants in Balochistan and Waziristan tribal region.

The talks are a part of the ongoing peace process between the South Asian nuclear states. During these parleys, Home Secretary VK Duggal will discuss various issues including terrorism, the need for increased co-operation on narcotics control and exchange of fishermen and prisoners with his Pakistani counterpart, Syed Kamal Shah.

However, official quarters here said the focus of deliberations would be on the terrorist acts in Balochistan and Pakistan's tribal belt of Waziristan.

Recently, the two sides announced to release scores of prisoners ahead of the vital talks between the Home secretaries. An official said it was in September, last year that the two states agreed to release all the detainees including hundreds of fishermen but despite that most of them were still languishing in the jails of Pakistan and India.

Many prisoners have completed their sentences and also have their nationalities confirmed but they remain imprisoned because of lack of mutual trust between the two sides, the official added.

Both the sides, he said, would also look into ways and means to increase cooperation between the Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) of Pakistan and the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) of India.

He said the aim was to sign a memorandum of understanding to fight the menace of narcotics in an effective manner.

First Published: May 29, 2006 18:55 IST