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India seeks new date for Home Secy talks

The Home Secretary level talks between India and Pakistan continues to face logistical problems

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: April 10, 2012 3:28:52 am

The Home Secretary level talks between India and Pakistan continues to face logistical problems. New Delhi has informed Pakistan that April 16,as suggested,does not suit it in view of the fact that a chief ministers’ meeting on internal security is scheduled for that day and the Home Secretary would be required to be present.

Home Secretary R K Singh told mediapersons that Pakistan has been requested to suggest fresh dates for the talks,after May 22 when the budget session of Parliament comes to an end. Pakistan is still to suggest the new dates.

The Home Secretary level talks,part of the composite dialogue between the two countries,was last held in New Delhi in March last year,and this time it is Pakistan’s turn to host it. But the two sides have been finding it difficult to agree on suitable dates. India had proposed dates in the third week of December last year,but it did not suit Islamabad. Attempts have been on this year as well to find mutually suitable dates.

Last week,Pakistan had suggested April 16 as the possible date but the chief ministers’ conference has been scheduled on that date. The CMs’ meet on internal security,an annual feature,was originally scheduled for February but had to be put off in view of Assembly elections in five states.

Hereafter,it was rescheduled to April 16.

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