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26/11 attack trial among issues to be taken by Home Secys

Follow up action on prosecution of perpetrators of Mumbai attacks, repatriation of fishermen, cros-LoC trade and a host of other issues would be on the table during talks between Home Secretaries of India and Pakistan.



New Delhi: Follow up action on prosecution
of perpetrators of Mumbai attacks, repatriation of fishermen, cros-LoC trade and a host of other issues would be on the table during talks between Home Secretaries of India and Pakistan scheduled for March 28-29.

Interacting with reporters at the Indian Women`s Press
Corps today, Home Secretary G K Pillai, however, said that "as
of now, Pakistan has not really given us (India) any
confidence that they will take the Mumbai attack trials in
Pakistan to its logical conclusion".

Apart from the Mumbai attacks, issues to be taken up
during the meeting include cooperation in narcotics and drug
control, cross-LoC trade in Jammu and Kashmir, matters pertaining to circulation of fake Indian currency and repatriation of fishermen from both countries, who are under detention, Pillai said here.
On the recent killings of Pakistani leaders Salmaan
Taseer and Shahbaz Bhatti, he said, so far as radicalisation
is concerned, "we should be concerned about radicalisation in
India too".

Therefore, it is more important for us to see how we
can control radicalisation first within India. "Pakistan is a
neighbour, you have no choice, you cannot walk away. Which is
why many of civil society interactions that are taking
place... you have to keep the dialogue open.
"Whether you like it or not, and some people may not
like it. But it is the only way you can influence the other
country...by talking."

Asked whether there was any hesitation in issuance of
visas to Pakistani nationals, he said, "We have given
thousands of visas this year. We have liberalised...in many
cases we get online applications. We have said those who have
taken a visa earlier and seek a repeat visa within a period of
three years do not have to take prior clearance form the Home
Ministry".

PTI

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