India, Pakistan to hold talks on June 24
The Indian and Pakistani foreign secretaries will be holding a meeting this week as India says it is ready to bridge the differences with its neighbor, Press TV reported.
Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao is to meet her Pakistani counterpart Salman Bashir in Islamabad on June 24, with the goal of improving relations between the two countries.
"We are not going there in an accusatory mode but in exploratory mode," official sources told the Times of India on Sunday.
The talks will be prep work for the July 15 visit of Indian Foreign Minister S. M. Krishna, the sources said.
India will present its proposals on ways to bridge the "trust deficit" to the Pakistani side and has signaled its readiness to discuss "all issues" with Pakistan, but is not yet ready to call it a composite dialogue, one of the sources explained.
However, obviously, the trial of the seven people accused of involvement in the November 2008 Mumbai attacks, which is still pending in the Pakistani courts, is a priority, he added.
On Friday, India gave Pakistan a new dossier of evidence related to the Mumbai attacks, which took the lives of at least 166 innocent people.
Since the joint anti-terror mechanism has been dead since the July 2008 attack on the Indian Embassy in Kabul, India will look at letting officials of the National Investigation Agency hold talks with their counterparts in Pakistan's Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), the paper said, not naming the source.