India Discusses Terror; Pak Kashmir as Talks Conclude: Report
The significant Indo-Pak foreign secretary level talks have concluded in spite of lack of optimism on reaching common ground on key issues, reported Zeenews.
Report said that India insisted on more action to stop terrorism emanating from Pakistani soil and arrest of Jamaat-ud-Dawaah chief Hafiz Saeed – the mastermind of Mumbai attacks.
Indian foreign secretary Nirupama Rao first had a one-on-one meeting with her Pakisani counterpart Salman Bashir and then, delegation level talks took place, said report.
Report said that India reportedly handed over a fresh dossier on 26/11 during the talks.
The dossier contains the voice records of the Mumbai attack culprits and purportedly contains a fresh list of terror suspects, including the details of the mastermind of the Pune blast, said report.
Besides, India took up for talks beheading of Sikhs by Taliban in North West Frontier Province, report said.
On the other hand, Pakistan raked up its claim of Indian hand in the insurgency in Balochistan and also put Kashmir issue on the table, said report.
Given the deep differences of the stated positions of the two countries, a joint statement is unlikely after the talks, report said.
India team included, besides Rao, India’s High Commissioner to Islamabad Sharat Sabharwal, joint secretary in charge of Pakistan YK Sinha, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Vishnu Prakash and other officials of the MEA.
The Pakistani delegation comprised Afrasiab, director-general of the South Asia division and a former deputy high commissioner to India, Pakistan’s High Commissioner Shahid Malik, Pakistan’s Foreign Office spokesperson Abdul Basit and other senior officials.
The Pakistani delegation is also scheduled to call on External Affairs Minister SM Krishna and National Security Adviser Shiv Shankar Menon.