India-Pak Secy-level talks on March 28-29

The Home Secretaries of India and Pakistan will meet here on March 28-29 to resume the stalled dialogue process. The government of Pakistan has conveyed that its Interior Secretary Chaudhry Qamar Zaman would visit India to re-start the process.

Apart from the pending issues such as counter-terrorism, including progress in Mumbai terror attacks trial, and India's demand for voice samples of the 26/11 accused, India is planning to confront Pakistan with hard evidence of Pakistani official agencies' involvement in last summer's violent protests in Kashmir. This would be the first structured bilateral secretary-level meeting on counter-terrorism after the recent India-Pak decision to resume comprehensive talks.

The Indian government had suggested two sets of dates March 21-22 and March 28-29 to the Pakistani side. The Home Secretaries had last met in June 2010 in Islamabad, when Home Minister P Chidambaram had visited Pakistan for a SAARC Home Ministers' meeting.

At the talks, India will also demand parity with Islamabad on the latter's demand to send a judicial commission to India for the 26/11 Mumbai attack probe.

However, government sources said due to operational reasons, India has decided against sharing with Pakistan evidence on that country's involvement in printing and distributing fake Indian currency notes.

India is also expected to strongly push for an on-ground mechanism to prevent accidental crossing over of fishermen as well as exchange of prisoners languishing in each other's prisons.

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