India, Pakistan to discuss Siachen issue
New Delhi: After a gap of three years,
Defence Secretaries of India and Pakistan would meet here on
Monday for fresh rounds of talks on the Siachen issue.
"The two day-long talks will start from 30 May. Indian
delegation would be led by Defence Secretary Pradeep Kumar and
members of the team include Special Secretary R K Mathur,
Director General of Military Operations Lt General AM Verma
and the Surveyor General S Subha Rao," defence ministry
officials said here.
The Pakistan delegation will be led by Defence
Secretary Lt General (retd) Syed Ather Ali. The Pakistani team
includes Maj Gen Ashfaq Nadeem Ahmed, Maj Gen Munwar Ahmed
Solehri and Maj Gen (Retd) Mir Haider Ali Khan.
The Defence Secretary level talks between the two
countries to resolve the Siachen issue dates back to 1985. The
decision to hold talks was taken by then Prime Minister Rajiv
Gandhi and Pakistan President Gen Zia-ul-Haq at Oman and New
The talks became a part of the composite dialogue with
Pakistan, on all issues including Kashmir, from the eighth
round of talks in August 2004 in New Delhi. Eleven rounds of
talks have been held so far.
It was decided by the two countries to resume the
bilateral dialogue on all outstanding issues following the
meetings of the Prime Ministers in Thimpu in April 201.
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