Fai, CBMs, 26/11 to be part of Indo-Pak talks

Last Updated: Sunday, July 24, 2011 - 00:22

New Delhi: ISI-run operation to carry out
propaganda on Kashmir through separatist Ghulam Nabi Fai will
be discussed at next week`s India-Pakistan talks after which
both sides will announce a series of Confidence Building
Measures on cross-LoC trade and travel.

Maintaining that there was "better communication" and
"temperatures were low" after the resumption of talks between
India and Pakistan, government sources today noted that both
sides have been able to "sustain" a series of meeting on
various bilateral issues which have gone "reasonably well."

On whether the trust deficit was bridged as mandated by
the Prime Ministers of the two countries last year in Thimphu,
the sources said, "It is a good beginning."

During the talks between External Affairs Minister S M
Krishna and his Pakistani counterpart Hina Rabbani Khar on
July 27, the Indian side will emphasise that Pakistan needs to
take action on 26/11 cases because terror-free atmosphere is
very important for the talks to be more meaningful and
productive.
On reports that Khar was planning to meet Hurriyat
representatives during her visit here, the sources said "it is
a bad idea" but New Delhi hoped that she will tell them to
speak the language of peace.

Terming Pakistan officials as "care-givers" to the
separatists, the sources said the separatist movement in
Kashmir was being sustained with support from across the
border and there was link between Pakistani authorities and
militancy in the valley.

Asserting that India had since long been flagging the
activities of Fai to the US, sources said "we will talk about
the issue (with Pakistan)."
India views the arrest of Fai with "enormous
significance" and expects that his counterparts in London and
Brussels like Nazir Ahmad Shawl and Abdul Majid Tramboo will
also run for cover now as it would be difficult for them to
continue with their activities.

Fai was arrested on July 19 from his house in Fairfax in
Virginia on charges of receiving hundreds and thousands of
dollars from the Pakistan spy agency ISI and using them for
lobbying at the Capitol Hill with the sole objective of
moulding the view of American policy makers on Kashmir.

About Centre`s interlocutor on Jammu and Kashmir Dilip
Padgaonkar being one of those who had enjoyed Fai`s
hospitality, the government sources sought to play it down,
suggesting that he could have participated in his seminars to
present a "contrary view".

The cross-LoC CBMs likely to be announced include
increasing the frequency of bus link between Srinagar and
Muzaffarabad, easing of permit regulations and increase in the
number of trading days across the LoC.

The sources said apart from reviewing the progress made
by the two countries on various bilateral issues during the
series of meetings, including security, commerce, water and
Siachen, the two will also explore areas to expand the
cooperation.

Asked if Afghanistan will be discussed, the sources said
though the issue has been discussed in "off-line"
conversations, it has never been part on the agenda.

PTI




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