India, Pakistan set for composite dialogue Monday (Lead, Changing dateline)July 20th, 2008 - 9:02 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) India and Pakistan will launch the fifth round of Composite Dialogue by discussing Jammu and Kashmir and security Monday, coinciding with a special parliament session that will decide the fate of the government here. Ahead of the talks, Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir, who flew in here from Amritsar after crossing over through the land transit route at Wagah-Attari, set a positive tone for the talks, saying he was expecting “good results” from the foreign secretary-level meeting.
“I have come here for the talks and I am hoping of good results from this meeting. Both India and Pakistan want peaceful atmosphere,” Bashir told reporters at Wagah-Attari checkpost. He stressed that trade and the release of prisoners detained in each other’s territory will figure prominently in his discussions with his Indian counterpart Shivshankar Menon Monday.
“I have come to India to hold talk with my Indian counterpart on the issues of peace and security of both the neighbouring nations, including Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.
Bashir met the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) prime ministerial hopeful L.K. Advani at his residence here in an attempt to build bridges with India’s chief opposition party.
Pakistan has played up the trade card amid suspicions by New Delhi that the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) was allegedly involved in the July 7 suicide attack on the Indian mission in Kabul, which killed four Indians, including a diplomat and a military attach