They said the prime minister would undergo a knee
surgery operation on June 7 and he may take a week to recover.
In view of this, the talks would probably take place in early July, the sources said, adding that New Delhi was awaiting a response from Islamabad.
Describing India's invitation to Pakistan for talks as a
"major step forward", they said the calling off of the ceasefire
in Jammu and Kashmir had removed the "psychological barrier"
which the security forces were facing in fighting militancy in
However, according to Pakistan News Service, Musharraf is expected to leave for New Delhi by the middle of next month.
It said the Indian government would be apprised of the schedule of his trip through diplomatic channels within two days.
Reliable sources confided to it that the foreign office has intensified high level consultations to devise a comprehensive agenda of the proposed visit.
Comprising First Lady Begum Sabha Musharraf, Foreign Minister Abdus Sattar and other senior officials, the delegation would be finalised within a couple of days, it said.
It also said that the foreign office had decided to call its High Commissioner in India, Jahangir Ashraf Qazi to Islamabad to finalise contents of the Musharraf-Vajpayee negotiations.
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