India ready to discuss all issues with Pakistan

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New Delhi, Jun 21: Union Home Minister P Chidambaram will visit Pakistan next week to meet his Pak counterpart, on Jun 25. India's foreign secretary Nirupama Rao will also meet her counterpart Salman Bashir in Islamabad on Jun 24. Both of them will try to bridge a 'trust deficit' with Pakistan.

Terrorism will be the main issue on the agenda of conversations. India has already signalled the willingness to discuss 'all the issues' with Pakistan, but is not yet ready to call it a 'composite dialogue'. India will also ask for the resumption of the more intensive people-to-people contacts and cross-LoC CBMs that had been started after 2004.

Chidambaram will brief his counterpart about some of the information Indian investigators have gleaned from their recent investigations in Chicago of Lashkar-e-Taiba activist David Coleman Headley. He will meet Saarc Interior Ministers and will have a bilateral meeting with Pak Interior Minister Rehman Malik on the sidelines.

Indian government can better assess the stand of Pakistan in implementing the commitment, which Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani promised to Manmohan Singh in Thimphu in Apr 2010 about not allowing anti-Indian terrorists to use Pak soil to emanate the attacks.

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