India, Pakistan FS talks today
Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao is scheduled to arrive in Islamabad this morning for two-day talks with her Pakistani counterpart Salman Bashir.
They will discuss peace and security, including nuclear and conventional confidence-building measures, the Kashmir issue and promotion of friendly exchanges.
The meeting between the two top diplomats is part of the dialogue process that was revived following a meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani in Thimpu, Bhutan in April last year on the sidelines of a SAARC Summit.
The talks process, referred to as a "full spectrum dialogue", was resumed earlier this year after a gap of over two years in the wake of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks that were blamed on the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba.
The Foreign Secretaries will hold two rounds of talks, officials said.
They will discuss peace and security-related issues today while the Kashmir issue and promotion of friendly exchanges will be taken up tomorrow.
The talks on peace and security will be aimed at streamlining existing Kashmir-related confidence-building measures, including the system of border crossing points for Kashmiris and cross-Line of Control trade, a senior Indian official said on condition of anonymity.