Talks with Pak''s Bashir unlikely to lead to ''big change'': Rao

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Islamabad, Jan 25 (PTI) Foreign Secretary Nirupama Raotoday said her talks with her Pakistani counterpart SalmanBashir on the margins of a SAARC committee meeting in Bhutanearly next month were not expected to lead to any "big change"or "dramatic breakthrough."

India continues to have concerns about terrorism, Raosaid during an interaction in New Delhi with a visiting groupof Pakistani journalists.

Referring to her upcoming meeting with Bashir in Thimphu,she said the parleys were not expected to lead to any "bigchange" or "dramatic breakthrough," Geo News channel reported.

However, India is hopeful that progress will be madeduring next month''s talks and this will be helpful for thestalled peace process between the two countries, Rao wasquoted as saying by the channel.

India does not want any photo opportunities and is notshying away from talks, Rao said. India wants dialogue withPakistan as it is good for both countries, she said.

India also wants a peaceful and progressive Pakistan asits neighbour, she said.

At the same time, Pakistan should take steps to eliminateterrorism emanating from its soil, she said.

Rao voiced India''s concerns about the slow pace of thetrial in Pakistan of seven suspects, including Lashker-e-Taibacommander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, who have been charged withplanning and facilitating the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

She further said India has not closed the doors toPakistan''s request to send a commission to interview keypersons linked to the Mumbai attacks, including Ajmal Kasab,the lone surviving attacker, and civil and police officialsinvolved in the probe into the incident.

India had sent some questions regarding the proposedcommission to Pakistan and progress could be made when theresponses are received, Rao was quoted as saying.

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