Dates for India-Pakistan talks being finalised: Report

June 25th, 2009 - 10:37 am ICT by IANS  

Manmohan Singh Islamabad, June 25 (IANS) Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India Shahid Malik is here to help finalise the dates and the agenda for the forthcoming India-Pakistan talks, a media report said Thursday.
Malik, who met Indian Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon in New Delhi Tuesday to decide on the dates for the proposed meeting of the foreign secretaries of the two countries, has arrived here Wednesday to hold consensus regarding the talks, Online news agency reported quoting Pakistan’s foreign office spokesman Abdul Basit.

According to Basit, a schedule and agenda for the proposed talks are yet to be discussed.

Sources have informed that the diplomat would also attend an important meeting in the foreign ministry, where he would debate the issue of forthcoming talks.

Even though there was no official word about the meeting, sources have said the foreign secretary’s meeting may take place next week.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari, at their meeting on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit in Russia last week, decided that the foreign secretaries will meet soon to review the steps taken by Islamabad to curb anti-India terror emanating from its soil.

The peace process between two neighbours was stalled following Nov 26 terror attacks in Mumbai that India alleges was planned and executed by leaders of the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba terror gourp.

At least 170 people were killed in the Mumbai carnage last year.

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