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Krishna meets Khar, pushes for justice for 26/11 victims

Last updated on: September 8, 2012 15:39 IST
Image: External Affairs Minister SM Krishna meets his Pakistani counterpart Hina Rabbani Khar in Islamabad

External Affairs Minister S M Krishna began crucial talks with his Pakistani counterpart Hina Rabbani Khar on Saturday to review the second round of resumed dialogue with issues like terrorism to be on top of the agenda. He bought up the 26/11 trail during talks and pushed for justice for victims of the terror attack, say sources.

The one-to-one meeting between Krishna and Khar was followed by delegation-level talks between the two sides.
Indian officials earlier said that terrorism will form the core of New Delhi's discussions, particularly the slow pace of the Mumbai attack case trial.

Other issues include those concerning prisoners as well as trade and border issues.


Krishna meets Khar, pushes for justice for 26/11 victims

Image: Pakistan's Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar greets the Indian delegation led by Krishna at the prime minister's residence in Islamabad
Photographs: Mian Khursheed/Reuters
The talks will culminate in inking of much-awaited new liberalised visa agreement to boost people-to-people contacts.

For the first time, group tourism will be part of the new pact which will also have other new categories, including multiple city one-year visas for businessmen and visa-on-arrival for people aged 65 years.

Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai and his Pakistani counterpart Jalil Abbas Jilani were also present.

Krishna meets Khar, pushes for justice for 26/11 victims

Image: Krishna speaks to the media after his arrival at a military base in Rawalpindi near Islamabad
Photographs: Mian Khursheed/Reuters
Both ministers will also co-chair the joint commission meeting later on Saturday evening, which was revived in 2005 after a gap of 16 years. This is Krishna's second visit to Pakistan in over two years.

Krishna called on President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf and met a series of political leaders from the Muttahida Quami Movement, Awami National Party and Pakistan Muslim League-Q parties on Friday.

Krishna meets Khar, pushes for justice for 26/11 victims

Image: SM Krishna is received by Zehra Akbari (right), director general, South Aisa, Pakistan foreign office upon his arrival at Islamabad as Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai and India's High Commissioner Sharat Shabarwal look on
Photographs: Jay Mandal/On Assignment
Also, foreign secretary-level talks were held on Friday in Islamabad during which the two sides discussed all aspects of the resumed dialogue, apart from reviewing the entire expanse of the discussions held so far.The two sides described their discussions as "positive" and "frank". They acknowledged that progress has been made in bilateral ties but agreed that "much more needs to be done".

Later on Saturday, the two sides will also ink an agreement on culture between Indian Council of Cultural Relations and its Pakistani counterpart Pakistan National Conservation Strategy.

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