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



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