New Delhi: Marking the first step in the resumption of the stalled dialogue process, Home Secretaries of India and Pakistan will hold talks here on March 28 and 29 on a range of issues covering terrorism and progress in 26/11 trial.
This will be the first structured bilateral Secretary-
level meeting on counter-terrorism after the recent Indo-Pak
decision to resume comprehensive talks.
Islamabad has conveyed to New Delhi its consent to the
meeting after Home Secretary Gopal K Pillai extended the
invitation to Pakistan Interior Secretary Chaudhry Qamar Zaman
last week. India had proposed two sets of dates -- March 21-22
and March 28-29.
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 to
resume comprehensive dialogue on all outstanding issues.
The meeting is expected to discuss counter-terrorism,
including progress in Mumbai terror attacks trial and India`s
demand for voice samples of the 26/11 accused.
Pillai last week said that India will ask Pakistan
about the progress made in that country on the 26/11
"We will ask for voice transcripts even though the trial
court has said no. We will ask them why they have not gone and
appealed. I am sure the High Court or the Supreme Court may
have said that the voice transcripts can be given," he had
India has been demanding voice samples of prime accused
in the 26/11 case Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorist Zaki-ur-Rehman
Lakhvi and others giving instructions to the ten terrorists
who attacked Mumbai.
A Rawalpindi court is hearing a case against Lakhvi and
six of his accomplices, who have been charged with planning
and facilitating the 26/11 strikes.