Indo-Pak talks: Freedom in sight for jailed Pakistani prisoner Chishty

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    New Delhi, June 23, 2011

    The Foreign Secretaries of India and Pakistan are meeting in Islamabad on Thursday for crucial talks on the Kashmir issue and confidence-building measures aimed at boosting the peace process between them that was resumed earlier this year.

    Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao, who arrived in Islamabad this morning, said that she will work towards reducing the trust defcit between the two countries. She also expressed the hope of early realease of Pakistan's citizen Dr Chishty, a 78-year-old virologist, who is presently serving life sentence awarded by a session court in Ajmer in a murder case. His bail appeal was rejected by the state high court.
    The meeting between the two top diplomats is part of the dialogue process that was revived following a meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani in Thimpu, Bhutan in April last year on the sidelines of a SAARC Summit.

    The talks process, referred to as a "full spectrum dialogue", was resumed earlier this year after a gap of over two years in the wake of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks that were blamed on the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba.

    The Foreign Secretaries will hold two rounds of talks, officials said. They will discuss peace and security-related issues on Thursday while Kashmir issue and promotion of friendly exchanges will be taken up on Friday.

    The talks on peace and security will be aimed at streamlining existing Kashmir-related confidence-building measures, including the system of border crossing points for Kashmiris and cross-Line of Control trade, a senior Indian official said on condition of anonymity.

    With PTI inputs

    Indo-Pak talks: Freedom in sight for jailed Pakistani prisoner Chishty - Hindustan Times
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