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Indo-Pak officials meet in New Delhi to discuss confidence-building measures

New Delhi , Mon, 18 Jul 2011 ANI

New Delhi, July 18 (ANI): Ahead of the crucial foreign minister-level talks between the two nations later this month, the joint working group of India and Pakistan met in New Delhi on Monday to chart out the Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) in order to improve the conditions of travel and trade across the Line of Control (LoC).


A six-member Pakistani delegation headed by Zehra H. Akbari, Director General South Asia Division (DGSA) of Pakistan Foreign Ministry arrived here on Sunday for the talks.


Y.K. Sinha, Joint Secretary for Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran (PAI), led the Indian delegation comprising officials of the Home Ministry and External Affairs Ministry.


The meeting between the two sides was the first after the serial blasts in Mumbai on July 13 in which around 19 people were killed and over 134 others injured.


The talks intended to strengthen the CBMs aimed at enhancing travel and trade, to bring people of Indian Kashmir and Pakistan administered Kashmir, together.


The two sides also discussed the model of start of the Kargil-Skardu bus link along with increase in frequency of the cross-Kashmir bus link between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad.


The two sides have already cleared the proposal for increasing the number of trading days from the existing two days a week to four days, for cross-LoC trade.


The two sides also discussed the issue of multiple-entry permits, having six-month validity with a maximum of three trips for residents of Jammu and Kashmir. The Cabinet Committee on Security had given an approval for the proposal in 2008. (ANI)


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