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Pak Foreign Secretary to meet Hurriyat leaders today

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Jul 03, 2012 at 11:39am IST

New Delhi: Pakistan's Foreign Secretary Jalil Jilani will arrive in New Delhi on Tuesday to hold talks with his Indian counterpart Ranjan Mathai during which arrest of LeT terrorist Zabiuddin Ansari, who revealed Pakistan's involvement in November 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, is expected to be raised by New Delhi.

His visit aims to wrap up the last of round of bilateral talks on trade, visa, Siachen and the Sir Creek dispute.

But crucially, India is likely to ask Pakistan to explain 26/11 handler Abu Jundal's confession on the links of JuD Chief Hafiz Saeed and the ISI to the attacks.

Jilani's first meeting will be on Tuesday with Hurriyat leaders including Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, , a move which is not likely to go down well with New Delhi. On Wednesday, he will meet with Indian Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai.

"....Pakistan should admit that Abu Jundal did go to Pakistan, that Abu Jundal was part of the group which trained and prepared (Amir Ajmal) Kasab and nine others and that Abu Jundal was in the control room and one of the masterminds and handlers of the attack," Home Minister P Chidambaram had said after Jundal's interrogation by security forces here.

Apart from terror, the issue of release of Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh, who is on death row for the last 20 years, is also expected to be taken up by India.

The Foreign Secretaries' meeting was to be a precursor to talks between the Indo-Pak Foreign Ministers scheduled for the latter half of July in Islamabad. But the ministerial-level talks have been postponed as the dates were clashing with the Presidential poll here. The talks are likely to take place in August, according to officials.

The Indo-Pak dialogue, which was stalled following the Mumbai terror attack in November 2008, resumed last year with both sides holding a series of meetings on the eight components under the 'Composite Dialogue' format, including terrorism, Kashmir, Siachen, Sir Creek and Trade.

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