India, Pak Foreign Secretaries meet

New Delhi set to raise concerns over continued terrorism emanating from Pakistan

PTI | February 25, 2010

After a 14-month hiatus, the foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan met in New Delhi on Thursday for structured talks with an aim of ending the chill in the relations caused by Mumbai attacks.

Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao headed the Indian delegation while the Pakistani delegation was led by her counterpart Salman Bashir.

Before getting into the talks at Hyderbad House, Rao said, "I welcome Foreign Secretary of Pakistan Salman Bashir...I look forward to our talks".

Bashir said, "...It is a pleasure for me to be back here. ....We are also looking forward to a very good, constructive engagement".

At the talks, India was set to raise concerns over continued terrorism emanating from Pakistan and press it to end this scourge which was hampering normalisation of ties.

In this context, Rao is expected to refer to the recent anti-India rally held by Jamat-ud-Dawa in Lahore where its chief Hafiz Saeed made provocative speeches inciting Pakistanis to intensify attack against the country.

India is also likely to seek the progress report from Pakistan on the investigation and prosecution into the Mumbai attacks.

Rao is also expected to seek voice samples of seven arrested LeT operatives in connection with Mumbai attacks to be provided to India to match them with telephonic intercepts recorded by the security agencies here.

The Pakistani side was expected to raise Kashmir and water issue.



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