Pakistan-India talks to resume on 28th: FO

Published: March 4, 2011
Interior secretaries set to meet in New Delhi and discuss counter-terrorism, narcotics control and humanitarian issues. PHOTO: FILE

Interior secretaries set to meet in New Delhi and discuss counter-terrorism, narcotics control and humanitarian issues. PHOTO: FILE


Interior secretaries of Pakistan and India will meet in New Delhi from March 28, the Foreign Office said on Thursday.

This is the first time that such high-level officials are going to meet since the breakdown of the peace dialogue after the Mumbai attacks.

“Following an agreement to resume full spectrum dialogue between Pakistan and India, the first meeting under the resumed process will be held on March 28-29 in the Indian capital,” the spokesperson for the Foreign Office Tehmina Janjua told reporters at the press briefing.

She said that interior secretaries of both the countries would discuss counter-terrorism, narcotics control and humanitarian issues.

In response to a question, she said Pakistan has received a communication from India regarding the permission for allowing Pakistan’s commission to India to probe Ajmal Kasab and Indian desire to question some of the culprits involved in 26/11 incident.

She said that the communication had been forwarded to the ministry of interior for a final decision, adding that the issue was related to that ministry. Talks are expected to cover security and terrorism-related issues, including the progress made in the trials of the Mumbai attacks and bomb attacks on Pakistan-bound train, the Samjhauta Express in India that killed dozens of people, mostly Pakistani nationals.

Chaudhry Qamar Zaman will represent Pakistan while the Indian side will represented by Home Secretary Gopal K Pillai during the two-day dialogue.

The spokesperson said that Tajik President Emomali Ramanov would pay a state visit to Pakistan on March 7-11 at the invitation of President Asif Ali Zardari.

The national security adviser of the United Kingdom is also expected to pay a visit to Pakistan on March 7-8 to exchange views on regional security situation.

The spokesman said the special US envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan Mark Grossman would also visit Pakistan on March 6-7.

She said a meeting in connection with the strategic dialogue between Pakistan and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) will be held in Dubai on March 8.

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar has already left to lead Pakistan in the meeting of the OIC contact group being held in Jeddah.

She said Pakistan has always demanded of the United States to repatriate Dr Aafia Siddiqui in accordance with the wishes of Pakistani people and dictates of law and justice.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 4th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (19)

  • Roflcopter
    Mar 3, 2011 - 7:13PM

    India ARE the terrorists. No point holding talks with them.Recommend

  • Vinay
    Mar 3, 2011 - 7:46PM


    Go save your ministers first, from the likes of those who are NOT terrorists.
    Also, try bringing the perpetrators to justice, if thats the least that can be done!Recommend

  • vasan
    Mar 3, 2011 - 8:11PM

    I agree with Roftcopter’s comment. Dont talk with india. Talk with Quadri, Hafeez Sayeed, Mehsood etc. They will listen to your words of wisdom. Anyway you guys are talking with them already. Arent uRecommend

  • John
    Mar 3, 2011 - 8:11PM

    Counter terrorism, narcotics and humanitarian issues: Humanitarian issues are the easy to sign but Pakistan managed to goofed it up when India sent the millions following flood and Pakistan acted as a child by refusing it until it was seen as a spoiled child by others.

    If the easy issues are so difficult how are they going to sit and talk about the counter terrorism and narcotics?

    One just has to type Karachi in you tube and you get the idea of all the hate mongers and their thousands of followers attending their rally. Long long way to go. Recommend

  • Vicram Singh
    Mar 3, 2011 - 9:42PM

    Yep I am all for talks as long as it does not include Kashmir and the Indus Water Treaty.Recommend

  • Bambbaayyaa
    Mar 3, 2011 - 10:37PM

    Joke na ??

    Everybody knows how pakistan talks with 15 different tounges …we have a readymade example of how and what they are doing to Americans …
    India should also do the same and talk in there language …
    Talk to them as they do with us … and do the same as what they are doing in Kashmir for us..
    Talk to them in a language they understand…Recommend

  • Cosmo
    Mar 3, 2011 - 10:42PM

    In short, india and Pakistan are going to talk about Pakistan’s future Exports and may be potential growth of it in future. It is high time that pakistan increase its exports to get the moolah in return. Afterall, ‘terrorism & dope” are the highest exported comodity by Pakistan. Great going, keep it up Pakistan.Recommend

  • Babloo
    Mar 3, 2011 - 11:58PM

    Totally waste of time and resources.
    Pakistan state is bankrupt and kept afloat by US, China and arab states. Billions of dollars of US aid and rampant extrimism in Pakistan has not convinced Pakistan to stop aiding and abetting various extrimist groups including Afghan Taleban. What makes India think that talks will result in change of Pak policy ? Its extremely damaging for India to engage Pakistan in any talks. The best course for both countries is total dis-engagement from each other. We have grown seperate and apart and have absolutely nothing in common today and are diametrically opposite in character.Recommend

  • True Indian
    Mar 4, 2011 - 1:11AM

    No we cannot talk with terrorist, no use to talk who are killing innocent people . for them all non-muslim are kafir and they are only best.

    Its time to save all Christian from Pakistan ……Recommend

  • goggi
    Mar 4, 2011 - 1:14AM

    There is only and only one way to solve the problems between Pakistan and Baharat, and this way is a FINAL WAR, A TOTAL DESTRUCTION! There is a curse on our subcontinent, and blood of at least half a billion humans (although I doubt very much that we are humans) must be poured. After this mass slaughtering peace might prevail for the coming generations. I am sick of this hateful and senseless world.Recommend

  • iceman
    Mar 4, 2011 - 6:21AM

    u all are forced to believe so for your existance, i can’t blame, bt feels pity on youRecommend

  • True Indian
    Mar 4, 2011 - 8:09AM

    @Roflcopter: whole world knows who are terrorist.Recommend

  • vasan
    Mar 4, 2011 - 11:08AM

    An excerpt from Mullah Abdul Salam Zaeef’s My Life with the Taliban. The mullah was the first and only ambassador of the Islamic (Taliban) Emirate of Afghanistan to the Citadel of Islam .He is a truthful man from all that one has read about and by him.

    This is what he has to say “Pakistan, which plays a key role in Asia, is so famous for treachery that it is said they can get milk from a bull. They have two tongues in one mouth, and two faces on one head so they can speak everybody’s language; they use everybody, deceive everybody.

    They deceive the Arabs under the guise of Islamic nuclear power, saying that they are defending Islam and Islamic countries. They milk America and Europe in the alliance against terrorism, and they have been deceiving Pakistani and other Muslims around the world in the name of the Kashmiri jihad. But behind the curtain they have been betraying everyone.”
    If Pakistanis are anywhere like the above as described by their bosom friend(once upon a time), What will India or anyone gain by talking with Pakistan.Recommend

  • Manoj
    Mar 4, 2011 - 11:12AM

    Again a series of useless talk with Pakistan. Indian authority knows fully well that Pakistan’s India policy is decided by the Pak army and Pak army will never want to have normal relation with india to protect their own vested interest. still, why do not we understand that offer to talk with Pakistan is as good as inviting on more Pak army sponsered terrorist attack on India to derail the talk.Recommend

  • M. Tauseef Barlas
    Mar 4, 2011 - 12:11PM

    again useless excercise.Recommend

  • Anil
    Mar 4, 2011 - 2:35PM

    Again waste of time by both governments.India’s spinless leaders can’t keep their house in order.Corruption,Inflation wreak havoc.Congress is playing Religion and minority card in politics.Thanks to Mr.Singh..After a degree in economics,he has got a good degree in politics also.Last year,when he was asked when inflation would come down,he had told after 3 months during rain.Then he told after 3 months during winter.Now he says after 1 yr.Paji..we are learning arithmatics from u.No need to discuss about corruption.Mr.2G Raja,Mr. Kalmadi are the congressmen.That’s why Paji had told that in coaliation gov compromise is required.Why don’t you sell the country for ur polical camphaign. Politicians are king’s son.Better to seek for communist rule or BJP.

    About pakistan,their politicians are also no less than India’s.How even,Pak brothers can tell it better.

    You know one thing…whole world community laughs on us.They support one of us and don’t support another.But they think that we are the fishes of same pond.It is a curse for whole south Asians.By knowing our weakness,they are playing with us.Some times ,I think we south asians are of so low IQ??how long we ignore our differences….Why i am wasting my time here??Because we are low IQ south asians…Recommend

  • Sing
    Mar 5, 2011 - 1:56AM

    Pakistan is not a responsible country.It can handle its own state,india should be cautious
    talking to them :We talk every time and get mumbai kind of attack. Recommend

  • chandran
    Mar 22, 2011 - 2:01PM

    another american pressure resulted in this talkRecommend

  • Cautious
    Mar 24, 2011 - 3:33AM

    Not much downside in having a discussion – unfortunately I suspect these talks are being held to appease the USA which would like these two countries to bury that hatchet and move onto more productive things. Recommend

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