In­dia and Pak­istan hold talks about ter­ror­ism

Cape Breton Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

NEW DELHI (AP) — In­dia and Pak­istan held wide-rang­ing dis­cus­sions Thurs­day about ter­ror­ism, Kash­mir and other dis­putes in the first talks be­tween the ri­val na­tions since the 2008 Mum­bai at­tacks.

In­dia said the four-hour meet­ing be­tween the two coun­tries’ for­eign sec­re­taries in New Delhi was in­tended to be­gin the process of re­build­ing a re­la­tion­ship badly dam­aged by that deadly siege, which In­dia blames on Pak­istan­based mil­i­tants.

“We have set out to take a first step to­ward re­build­ing trust,” In­dian For­eign Sec­re­tary Niru­pama Rao told re­porters af­ter the talks.

No is­sues were re­solved in the meet­ing, which In­dia billed only as “talks about talks.”

Pak­istan has called for the re­sump­tion of com­pre­hen­sive peace talks, but In­dia has de­manded it crack down on mil­i­tant groups op­er­at­ing from its soil first.

Rao said she re­it­er­ated to Pak­istani For­eign Sec­re­tary Sal­man Bashir that his Is­lamic na­tion must do more to dis­man­tle ter­ror net­works and gave him dossiers on those linked to the Mum­bai at­tack.

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