Sunday, February 7, 2010

India Proposes February Dates for Pakistan Talks, Times Says

India has proposed Feb. 18 or Feb. 25 for talks with Pakistan, as the rivals edge toward resuming a peace process stalled by the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attack, the Times of India reported, citing officials it didn’t name.
After India offered talks between the neighbors’ foreign secretaries, Pakistan is keen to resume the so-called “composite dialogue” that included the divided Himalayan territory of Kashmir, terrorism, and economic and commercial cooperation, the newspaper said. Pakistan’s government is yet to formally respond to the offer, it said.
India wants discussions to focus on issues related to “peace and stability” in the region, the Times said.
A five-year peace process between the nuclear-armed South Asian countries was halted following the November 2008 assault on Mumbai that left 166 people dead.
India blamed the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group and demanded the perpetrators be brought to justice. Pakistan said the attack had been planned on its soil and says it has begun a trial of some Lashkar members.



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