India to raise ISI's terror links at FS-level talks: Krishna

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SM Krishna
New Delhi, Jun 20: India will raise the issue of terror links of Pakistan's ISI, as has been revealed by Pakistani-American terrorist David Headley during the Chicago trial, when the Foreign Secretaries of the two countries will meet later this week in Islamabad.

Foreign Minister S M Krishna also said that India will keep pursuing the issue of extradition of Dawood Ibrahim.

"Whatever Headley has revealed under oath in court of law in Chicago, would be relevant for India to take up with Pakistan and then try to get Pakistan's response to that. Well, that would certainly be taken up with Pakistan," Krishna told reporters here.

Indicating that terror will be the central point of the forthcoming talks, he said, "This menace has to be dealt with firmly and transparently, for the common good of India and Pakistan, as well as, the region beyond."

On whether India will raise the issue of extradition of Dawood during the FS-level talks, he said,"We have asked for his extradition so that he could be brought to justice on this country. We will keep pursuing that."

Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao will be travelling to Islamabad to hold talks with her Pakistani counterpart Salman Bashir on June 23-24 during which they will also take stock of the progress made during the series of high-level meetings between the two countries in key areas of security, trade and commerce and water.

On the outcome of talks at various levels, Krishna said, "We have had a useful exchange of views and have gained a better understanding of each other's positions. We have always approached our discussions in an open and constructive spirit." 

PTI

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