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Indo-Pak game kicks off in Delhi ahead of WC semi-final

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New Delhi, Mar 28: It's still 48 hours to go for what India and Pakistan are eagerly waiting for - world cup semi-final match in Mohali on Wednesday, Mar 30. But another game between India and Pakistan has already began in the national capital on Monday, Mar 28.

The meeting between the home-secretaries of the two countries started in New Delhi. Indian Home Secretary Gopal K Pillai met his Pakistani counterpart Chaudhary Qamar Zaman. Monday's meeting was the first ever encounter at secretariat level since 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks in 2008.

It was earlier speculated that the main focus of the talks would be promoting and strengthening peace between the neighbours. Qamar Zaman, heading a six-member delegation, reached India on Mar 27. He said that the talks between the two sides would enhance peaceful relations and promote people-to-people contact.

Sources reported that one of the the most important issues on the agenda of Monday's meeting was - investigations into the 26/11 attacks. Indian home minister, P Chidambaram has repeated India's request for voice samples of the accused several times, but there has been no clear response from the Pak side.

However, the Pakistan Home Secretary claimed that all core issues would be discussed in a peaceful atmosphere and it would help both countries to understand each other.

Sources reported that the talks will not be smooth as India plans to demand more clarity on 26/11 attacks' probe. Also, India may raise voice over Pakistan's involvement in recent Jammu Kashmir unrest and other terror-related issues.

Pakistan Home Secretary appreciated Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's invitations to his Pakistan counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani to watch the World Cup Cricket match between the two teams in Mohali.

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