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Pakistan, India to share information to prevent terrorist acts

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Pakistan, India to share information to prevent terrorist acts
Islamabad, June 25, iRNA -- Pakistan and Indian anti-terror experts on Tuesday agreed to assist in investigations through exchange of specific information and for preventing violence and terrorist acts, officials said.

The third meeting of the Joint Anti-Terrorism Mechanism in Islamabad also agreed to continue to work to identify
counter-terrorism measures, a joint statement said.

The last meeting was held in New Delhi on October 22, 2007.

"Both sides shared fresh information on terrorist incidents," it said.

"The two sides reviewed the follow up steps taken on the information shared during the earlier meetings of the Joint-Anti Terrorism Mechanism," the statement said.

The Pakistani delegation was led by Masood Khalid, Additional Secretary (Asia-Pacific), Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan.

The Indian delegation was headed by Mr. Vivek Katju, Additional Secretary (Pol & IO), Ministry of External Affairs of India.

The Indian delegation also called on the Acting Foreign Secretary, Mr. Khalid Aziz Babar.

India and Pakistan began peace talks in 2004 after coming close to what would have been the fourth war between the countries.

The talks have made slow progress, particularly over the key Kashmir dispute.

Indian Minister for External Affairs Pranab Mukharjee travelled to Pakistan last month and both sides agreed to continue their so-called 'composite dialogue' process which also covers talks over a joint anti-terror mechanims.

Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi is scheduled to visit India on June 27, the first by Pakistani FM since the new government took over in March.

Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh is expected to visit Pakistan this year, according to Pakistani and Indian officials.

Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani is likely to meet Indian counterpart in Sri Lanka next month when the two leaders will travel there for a regional summit.


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