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Indo-Pak Foreign Secretary level talks over, Pak offers joint probe in 26/11 carnage

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Jul 05, 2012 at 03:22pm IST

New Delhi: The Indo-Pak Foreign Secretary level talks ended on Thursday morning with Pakistan proposing a joint investigation into the 26/11 Mumbai carnage and categorically stating that Pakistan has not been involved in any terror act in India.

Addressing a press conference after the talks, Pakistan Foreign Secretary Jalil Jilani said, "I bring a message of goodwill, peace from the government and people of Pakistan. We talked over Confidence Building Measures (CBMs), Jammu and Kashmir and promotion of friendly exchanges. We discussed these issues in a cordial atmosphere, reviewed progress on peace and security."

He added, "Terrorism is a common enemy for India and Pakistan. We are both victims of terrorism. We should not blame one another."

"India and Pakistan are not only neighbours but partners in SAARC. We must make sincere and serious efforts to build trust," he said.

Jilani further said that Pakistan was serious in the fight against terror. "We should make serious and sincere efforts to eradicate terror. The issue was extensively discussed."

He added that the information that India had on Jundal's arrest should be shared with Pakistan.

"We should intensify our cooperation in our fight against terror. We have certainly made a lot of progress on every issue including the issue of terrorism," he said.

India's Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai said that the two sides discussed "peace and security, Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) and Jammu and Kashmir".

"We had a frank and constructive discussion. Dialogue has contributed to a better understanding. While we do not agree on all issues, we do agree that relationships have to be normalised," he said.

Mathai said that the two sides had "comprehensive discussions on terror". "We need to promote mutual trust. Terror poses a continuing threat to peace and security. Both sides agreed we must eliminate terror," he said, adding that bringing the perpetrators of the 26/11 carnage to justice "will be the biggest way to build trust between the two countries."

Revival of cricketing ties was also discussed during the Foreign Secretaries' meet. Pakistan said it had pushed for the ties to be resumed. However, India was non-committal. Ranjan Mathai said it was up to the cricket boards of both the countries to decide on the matter. "There is an issue of security also," he added.

India is also believed to have raised Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh's case with Pakistan. In a major blunder earlier this month, Pakistan said it was releasing Sarabjit to much joy on this side of the border, only to retract the statement a day later, clarifying that it was releasing another Indian prisoner Surjeet Singh, and not Sarabjit. Sarabjit has been languishing in a Pakistan jail for nearly 21 years now. He was arrested on charges of spying.

The two countries will hold the next Foreign Secretary level talks in Pakistan in September, when External Affairs Minister SM Krishna is also expected to meet Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar.

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