Terror, Kashmir will top agenda of India-Pakistan talks Monday

July 20th, 2008 - 10:34 am ICT by IANS  


New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) Even as the government faces a crucial survival vote in parliament Tuesday, it will be business as usual on the diplomatic front as India and Pakistan launch the fifth round of their composite dialogue process here. The foreign secretary-level talks are taking place Monday in the shadow of a suicide attack on the Indian mission in Kabul in which New Delhi strongly suspects the hand of Pakistan’s ISI.

Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir, who comes here Sunday afternoon on a two-day visit, will hold talks with his Indian counterpart Shivshankar Menon on issues ranging from Jammu and Kashmir to peace and security.

The talks will focus on “building on convergence and narrowing down divergences” over the decades-old Kashmir issue that has led to three wars between the two countries.

India will raise its concerns about the suspected involvement of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) in the July 7 attack on the Indian mission in Kabul, which killed four Indians, including a diplomat and a military attach

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