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Nirupama Rao to go to Pak this month-end

Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao will travel to Islamabad later this month.



New Delhi: Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama
Rao will travel to Islamabad later this month to hold talks
with her Pakistani counterpart during which India will raise
the issue of nexus between Pakistan`s ISI and the perpetrators
of 26/11 attacks, as brought out by the trial of
Pakistani-Canadian terrorist Tahawwur Rana in the US.

In the first such exercise since their last meet in
February in Thimphu, Rao and her Pakistani counterpart Salman
Bashir will hold parleys to review the status of bilateral
ties and the situation in the region.

Highly-placed sources said Rao will be travelling to
Islamabad later this month. They also said the probable dates
for the meeting would be between June 24 and 27.

Other bilateral issues to be discussed during the meeting
would be Jammu and Kashmir, peace and security and Confidence
Building Measures (CBMs).

"As far as India is concerned, we have got very
important evidence, assessments and statements on oath that
makes a world of difference. Rana has gone and appeared in a
court in Chicago on his own. He has mentioned about the nexus
between Pakistan`s ISI and the perpetrators of Mumbai attack,"
External Affairs Minister SM Krishna said.

"When the two Foreign Secretaries (of India and
Pakistan) meet, all issues of bilateral nature will be taken
up. This (Rana`s confessions) is also going to be one of the
important issues and we will be taking it up," he said.

PTI

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