Amid political crisis, India, Pakistan to hold talks next week

July 18th, 2008 - 6:06 pm ICT by IANS  

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New Delhi, July 18 (IANS) Seeking to project the impression that it’s business as usual even as the government seeks a trust vote July 22, India will launch the fifth round of composite dialogue with Pakistan during their two-day talks that begin Monday. Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir comes here Sunday night for crucial talks with his Indian counterpart Shivshnakar Menon the next day.

The two top officials will discuss an entire spectrum of bilateral relationship and hold talks on Jammu and Kashmir and peace and security that will mark the launch of the fifth round of composite dialogue that also covers other areas like the disputes over Siachen glacier and Sir Creek.

The talks take place in the shadow of last week’s car bomb attack on the Indian embassy in Kabul which New Delhi has blamed on Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).

Islamabad has denied any role in the deadly blasts that killed four Indians, including a diplomat and military attach

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