26/11: India gives 11th dossier to Pak
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Last Updated: Friday, June 18, 2010, 18:24
  
New Delhi: On the eve of the meeting of Foreign Secretaries, India today handed over the eleventh dossier to Pakistan containing response to points raised by Islamabad over the Mumbai terror strikes and providing "additional information" on those involved in the attacks.

"The Deputy High Commissioner of Pakistan was called in the afternoon and handed over a set of responses to the six dossiers received from Pakistan on April 25, 2010 on the Mumbai terror attacks," External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vishnu Prakash said.

The dossier was handed over Tuesday by Y K Sinha, Joint Secretary in-charge of Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan, to Pakistan's Deputy High Commissioner Riffat Masood.

Besides containing response to all the queries raised by Pakistan in their six dossiers given on April 25, India has also provided "additional information" on those involved in the Mumbai attacks and were operating from Pakistani soil, sources told PTI.

The Indian "set of responses" also conveys India's "mounting unhappiness" with Pakistan's lack of "concrete action" against Lashkar-e-Toiba founder Hafiz Saeed, a mastermind behind the Mumbai attacks.

In its six dossiers given on April 25 to Indian Deputy High Commissioner Rahul Kulshreshth, Pakistan had asked for three Indian officials, including two magistrates and an investigator, to be allowed to travel to that country to testify that they had recorded statement of Ajmal Kasab, sentenced to death for the Mumbai carnage.

Pakistan had also asked New Delhi to hand over Kasab, the lone terrorist captured alive during the attacks, to facilitate the trial of LeT's operations commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi and six others charged with involvement in the strikes in a Rawalpindi anti-terrorism court.

The Indian response comes few days ahead of the talks between Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao and her Pakistani counterpart Salman Bashir on June 24 during which both sides will attempt to bridge "trust deficit".

Indo-Pak FS-level talks on June 24; to set stage for FMs meet

Foreign Secretaries of India and Pakistan will hold talks on June 24, the first meeting after the Prime Ministers of the two countries decided in Thimphu to bridge the "trust deficit" over a month ago.

The talks will also set the tone and agenda for the forthcoming meeting between External Affairs Minister S M Krishna and his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi on July 15 in Islamabad.

Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao will visit Pakistan to hold talks with her Pakistani counterpart Salman Bashir in Islamabad next week, an External Affairs Ministry release said here today. During her stay, the Foreign Secretary will also call on Qureshi.

A brief statement issued by the Foreign Office in Islamabad said Rao will visit the Pakistan capital on the invitation of Bashir for bilateral talks scheduled to take place on June 24.

Diplomatic sources there had earlier told PTI that Rao will arrive in Islamabad a day ahead of her talks with Bashir. Senior Pakistani officials have broadly classified the matters to be raised during the meeting of the two Foreign Secretaries as outstanding issues like the Kashmir issue, humanitarian matters like the release of prisoners and fishermen, terrorism and trade and commerce.

India has maintained that these talks were aimed at creating the "right atmosphere" for removing the trust deficit for a broad dialogue later.

The forthcoming meetings are result of an understanding reached between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Yousaf Raza Gilani in Thimphu on April 29 to move forward the Indo-Pak dialogue, stalled after the Mumbai terror attacks in 2008.

"There is agreement today on both sides that dialogue is the only way forward. Consequently, our Prime Ministers have charged the Foreign Ministers and Foreign Secretaries with the responsibility of working out the modalities of restoring trust and confidence in the relationship and thus paving the way for a substantive dialogue on all issues of mutual concern," Rao had said recently.

She has also advocated "creative solutions" on Jammu and Kashmir and other issues to build on the progress made earlier through the Composite Dialogue and back channel diplomacy.

The Foreign Secretary's visit will be followed by Home Secretary G K Pillai's trip to Islamabad to attend the SAARC Home Secretaries meeting that will firm up the agenda for a meeting of home ministers of SAARC on June 26 to be attended by P Chidambaram.

He is also likely to hold talks with his Pakistani counterpart Rehman Malik which are expected to be dominated by India's concerns over terrorism.


First Published: Friday, June 18, 2010, 18:24


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