New Delhi, May 23: A high-level delegation led by Union Home Secretary R K Singh left for Islamabad on Wednesday to attend the India-Pakistan Home Secretary level talks which will be held on May 24-25.
The delegation includes the Director of the Intelligence Bureau (IB), the Director General of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and other senior officials.
The broad agenda of the talks would focus on terrorism, fugitives from Indian law, narcotics and humanitarian issues such as of Indian fishermen and civilians in Pakistan jails.
A revised visa agreement is expected to be signed. This revised agreement inter-alia introduces the concept of group tourist visa, visa on arrival and a separate category of business visas.
The last round was held in New Delhi in March 2011. The New Delhi joint statement had identified cooperation in the area of counter terrorism, progress in bringing the fugitives of the Mumbai terrorist attacks case to justice and a revised bilateral visa agreement as some of the priorities.
The visit comes in the immediate backdrop of President Yosuf Raza Zardari’s visit to India on April 8, 2012 during which Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had stressed the need for Pakistan to take firm action to curb terrorism to make forward movement in the bilateral relationship, to bring the perpetrators of the Mumbai attack to justice and prevent activities aimed against India from Pakistani soil. (ANI)