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India, Pakistan to talk terror

Priyanka Tikoo in New Delhi | February 05, 2006 16:45 IST

Concerned over the spread of activities of Pak-based terrorist outfits in India, the government is going to take up the issue during the home secretary level talks scheduled for March in Islamabad.

Besides cross-border terrorism, New Delhi will vociferously take up the issue of drug trafficking with its neighbour, highly placed sources told PTI on Sunday.

The recent terror attacks in various parts of country like Bangalore and Ayodhya shows the spread of these networks beyond Jammu and Kashmir [Images] and the fact that those who were apprehended belonged to outfits based in Pakistan only shows its continued support in protecting and sheltering these outfits, the sources said.

Though there was a decrease in terrorism activities in Kashmir, the activities have spread to other parts of the country, a senior official said.

The talks in March would be the fourth round of parleys between the home secretaries of the two countries after United Progressive Alliance government took office. The last round was held in August between Home Secretary V K Duggal and his Pakistani counterpart Syed Kamal Shah.

Another topic to be taken up is the presence of some of India's most wanted fugitives in Pakistan whose extradition is being sought by New Delhi, sources said.

"However there has been no action on these requests so far," they added.

On the presence of training camp across the border, the official said according to recent data there were over 50 training camps and other infrastructure units present in Pakistan.

"There was some damage to these training camps during last year's earthquake but reports show the damage has been mended. And we have proof of the same," the official said.

India will once again emphasise on the need to have an extradition treaty between the two countries.

New Delhi is also concerned over the smuggling of Afghan cultivated Hashish from across the border into India, the official said adding it would figure during the deliberations in Islamabad.

Efforts would be made to institutionalise a mechanism wherein the narcotics control bureaus of the two nations could carry out joint investigations to check drug trafficking, he said.

"We will also like regular interaction between these two organisations to take stock of the situation and to take appropriate measures to check the same."

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