Monday, April 9, 2012

Manmohan - Zardari talks

Promising the prospect of continuous high-level engagements instead of meaning-less meetings, visiting Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday held talks on various issues, including action against Jama'at-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed. Though Saeed was not the only subject, it was mentioned “upfront” by Dr. Singh. Dr. Singh emphasised need to prosecute Saeed, the alleged strategist behind the 2008 Mumbai attacks, during the 40-minute one-to-one talks. He said action against all those involved in the terror attacks in India would be a major issue by which people here would judge their ties with Pakistan.

Mr. Zardari referred to the legal issues involved and both leaders agreed that a structured discussion on Saeed could be held during the coming Home Secretary-level talks in Islamabad. They were also hopeful of the meeting easing the onerous curbs on travel that had stifled people-to-people interaction, Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai told journalists.

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