Special session of India-Pak Anti-terror Mechanism on Oct 24

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New Delhi, Oct 22 (UNI) India and Pakistan will hold a special session of the Joint Anti-Terror Mechanism (JATM) here on Friday to address mutual concerns regarding terror incidents including the July 7 bombing of the Indian Embassy in Kabul.

The Indian delegation will be led by Mr Vivek Katju, Special Secretary, (International Organisations) in the External Affairs Ministry while the Pakistani side will be headed by Mr Aizaz Ahmad Choudhary, Additional Secretary (South Asia) in the Pakistan Foreign Ministry.

The meeting follows a decision taken by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari at their meeting in New York on September 24 on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

''As decided by the Prime Minister of India and the President of Pakistan on September 24 during their meeting in New York, the Special Session of the Joint Anti-Terror Mechanism (JATM) with Pakistan will be held on October 24 in New Delhi,'' the External Affairs Ministry said in a statement.

A Joint Statement issued after the New York meeting said a special meeting of the Joint Anti-Terror Mechanism would be held in October 2008 to address mutual concerns including the bombing of the Indian Embassy in Kabul.

The two countries have so far held three meetings of the JATM.

The JATM was conceived by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the then Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf on the sidelines of the NAM Summit in Cuba to strengthen cooperation in counter-terrorism and to assist each other by exchanging information about any terror incidents.

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