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India-Pak anti-terror meet may take place in June

Source: PTI
June 02, 2008 12:15 IST
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The Indo-Pak joint anti-terror mechanism is expected to meet in Delhi later this month to discuss collaboration in fighting the menace.

The meeting is likely to take place in the second half of the month and the two sides are working out the exact dates for it.

This will be the third meeting of the mechanism, set up in November 2006 in the aftermath of serial blasts on Mumbai trains.

At the upcoming meeting, the Indian side is expected to furnish evidence about cross-border linkages to various terror incidents, including Ajmer and Hyderabad, that occurred in India, sources said.

Though the meeting is taking place in the aftermath of the Jaipur serial blasts, the incident is unlikely to figure in the talks as the probe is still underway and the investigators have not reached any firm conclusion as to who were behind the terror strike that killed over 60 people, the sources said.

The meeting assumes significance considering the readiness of the new democratic dispensation in Pakistan to cooperate with India in fighting terrorism.

After his talks with External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee last month, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi agreed that terrorism is a "common menace" for the two countries and they should work together to fight it.

India has been for long trying to convince Pakistan that terrorism is a problem for the two countries and both should fight it.

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