India shares information with Pakistan on terror incidents

June 24th, 2008 - 8:59 pm ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Manmohan Singh

Islamabad, June 24 (IANS) India Tuesday shared “fresh information” with Pakistan about terrorists responsible for the serial bomb blasts in Jaipur and suspected to have links in that country. The issue came up during the day-long meeting of Indian and Pakistan officials of the Joint Anti-Terror Mechanism Group here.

This was the first meeting between the two sides since the terror attacks killed over 60 people and injured 200 in Jaipur May 13.

“Both sides shared fresh information on terrorist incidents,” was the short statement issued after the meeting.

Although there was no mention of Jaipur in the statement, it was obvious the issue had come up for discussion.

India has refrained from blaming Pakistan for the mayhem. But it has indicated that terror groups working through Bangladesh and with Pakistani links were behind the Jaipur blasts.

The Indian side was led by additional secretary in the foreign ministry, Vivek Katju. Assisting him were joined secretary T.C.A. Raghavan and other senior officials from the Indian high commission in Islamabad.

The Pakistani delegation was led by the additional secretary in their foreign ministry, Masood Khalid.

“The two sides reviewed the steps taken on the information shared during the earlier meetings,” the statement said.

External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee visited Islamabad last month to renew contacts after the Pakistan Peoples Party-led coalition came to power.

Pakistani Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi arrives in India Friday on a three-day visit to push forward the bilateral dialogue and to ensure that the peace process between the two sides remains on track.

“They agreed to continue to work to identify counter-terrorism measures, assist in investigations through exchange of specific information and for preventing violence and terrorist acts,” the statement added.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had said after the Jaipur blasts that it looked like the handiwork of those keen to derail the India-Pakistan peace process.

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