Samjhauta train inquiry report to figure in Indo-Pak ATM meet

November 14th, 2007 - 1:59 am ICT by admin  
Interior Ministry spokesman Brig (retd) Javed Iqbal Cheema said this in response to a query about a Foreign Office statement that India was involved in terrorist activities inside Pakistan.

“Yes, we have some reservations and we will discuss them at the meeting,” the Dawn quoted him, as saying.

He said the Anti-Terrorism Mechanism (ATM) would provide an opportunity to exchange views on how to help investigations on either side into terrorist acts and to increase cooperation in curbing violence and terrorism.

The first India-Pakistan Joint ATM meeting was held in Islamabad in March this year, with focus on the Samjhauta Express bomb blast.

Additional Secretary (International Organizations) K C Singh from the Indian side and Tariq Usman Haider, Additional Secretary (UN and EC) from the Pakistan side had represented their countries at that meeting.

The decision to institutionalise an India-Pakistan joint anti-terrorism mechanism was taken by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf on September 16, 2006 in Havana.

Breaking the chill in ties in the aftermath of July 11, 2006 Mumbai blasts, Singh and Musharraf had agreed to set up a joint anti-terrorism institutional mechanism to identify and implement counter-terrorism initiatives.

The purpose of the joint mechanism is to prevent terrorist attacks in both countries, and to assist each other through information sharing. (ANI)

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