Indo-Pak WC semi-final ahead; Home secretaries to meet

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New Delhi, Mar 27: Home secretaries of India and Pakistan will meet in New Delhi for two days from Mar 28 in the shadow of a possible summit meeting between the two sides on the margins of the cricket encounter in Mohali.

No breakthrough is expected in the official-level talks being held after a gap of nine months, officials here say but they expect 'ice may be broken' for the resumption of substantial dialogue later.

The two-day meeting between home secretary Gopal K Pillai and his Pakistani counterpart Chaudhary Qamar Zaman will deliberate on a wide range of issues, including Islamabad's reluctance in co-operating fully in bringing to justice the perpetrators of 26/11 attacks.

The meeting comes ahead of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's meeting with his Pakistan counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani, the invitation for which was sent only on Friday, Mar 25 after it emerged that India and Pakistan will clash in the World Cup semifinal at Mohali on Wednesday, Mar 30.

"Pakistan's lack of sincerity in cooperating with India in any anti-terror initiatives could be the reason behind little enthusiasm on the part of Indian security establishment towards the talks," an official said.

The prosecution's attempt in Pakistan to bring the 26/11 guilty to justice 'has not moved an inch' and India's request for providing the voice samples of the handlers of the attackers has fallen on deaf ears.

When home minister P Chidambaram had asked for action against the 26/11 perpetrators and voice samples of handlers of the attackers during his Islamabad visit last year, his Pakistani counterpart Rehman Malik told him that 'you would not be disappointed by our response.'

But nine months down the line, there is no Pakistani response, officials point out.

"So how can we expect that this meeting will bring a major breakthrough for us?," the official asked.


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