Pakistan-India interior secy-level talks start today


The two-day talks between the Interior secretaries of Pakistan and India will start in the capital city on Thursday (today). The talks will focus on visa relaxation, multiple visas for traders, on arrival visas for the elderly and children at Wagah border, cooperation against terrorism, progress on Mumbai attacks, and confidence building measures (CBMs) on the Line of Control. The Pakistani side will be led by Interior Secretary Khawaja Siddiq Akbar, while the Indian side will be represented by Home Secretary RK Singh. Interior Minister Rehman Malik chaired a meeting in this regard on Wednesday. He reviewed the progress of the previous round of secretary-talks between Pakistan and India, and gave instructions to move forward. Sources said that during the talks Pakistan would review the progress made by India regarding the probe into Samjhota Express bombing, in which a number of Pakistanis lost their lives, and would apprise the Indian side on the progress on Mumbai attacks.