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CCS discusses India-Pak Home Secy talks agenda

Last Updated: Thursday, March 24, 2011 - 21:15

New Delhi: The Cabinet Committee on Security
(CCS) on Thursday cleared the agenda of talks to be discussed with
Pakistan at the Home Secretary-level talks between the two
countries here next week.

Sources said the CCS, chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh, has given its nod to the issues like cross-border
terrorism, progress in 26/11 trial and inflow of fake Indian
currency notes to be raised at the two-day meeting scheduled
to be held on March 28 and 29.
Other issues which will be raised by Home Secretary Gopal
K Pillai with his Pakistani counterpart Chaudhary Qamar Zaman
include dismantling of terror camps across the border and
handing over of voice samples of Mumbai terror attack

All members of the CCS - Finance Minister Pranab
Mukherjee, Defence Minister A K Antony, Home Minister
P Chidambaram and External Affairs Minister S M Krishna
attended the meeting held at the Parliament complex.

Pakistan is expected to ask India about the progress of
Samjhauta Express blast probe in which activists of right wing
groups were allegedly involved. Majority of the victims of the
train, which runs between India and Pakistan, were from the
neighbouring country.

Yesterday, Home Secretary Pillai met security czars of
the country, including CBI chief A P Singh, Intelligence
Bureau Director Nehchal Sandhu, NIA chief S C Sinha, Director
General of BSF Raman Srivastava, to fine-tune India`s stand on
the issues to be raised during the meeting with his Zaman.
The proposed talks will be the first structured bilateral
secretary-level meeting on counter-terrorism after India and
Pakistan decided to resume comprehensive talks.

More than two years after India had suspended the
composite dialogue with Pakistan in the wake of the Mumbai
terror attacks in November, 2008, the two sides decided in
Thimphu in February to resume comprehensive dialogue on all
outstanding issues.


First Published: Thursday, March 24, 2011 - 21:15

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