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    India, Pakistan home secretaries begin talks

    New Delhi: Indian Home Secretary GK Pillai meets his Pakistani counterpart Chaudhary Qamar Zaman on Monday for first ever Home Secretary level talks between the two rivals since 26/11.The Secretary for Internal Security UK Bansal and other MHA officials on Monday arrived at the Ashok Hotel, where Pakistan High Commissioner Shahid Malik was also present.The issues related to speedy trial for 26/11 accused, dismantling of terror camps and release of fishermen among others were likely to be discussed in the secretary-level meeting.The most important issue on the agenda is investigations into the Mumbai terror attack. P Chidambaram has repeated India's request for voice samples of the accused several times, but there has been no clear response from the Pakistan side. NIA has sought permission to visit Pakistan to investigate 26/11. Pakistan wants to send a Judicial Commission to India as part of the case against 26/11 accused.Intelligence Bureau (IB) has reported that fake Indian currency notes are being used to fund anti-India groups. Pakistan based operatives pumping in fake Indian currency through Nepal. Pakistan expected to raise issue as investigations suggest involvement of Hindu groups The CBI is likely to raise the issue of Dawood Ibrahim, Tiger Memon and other Mumbai Blast accused- who're believed to be residing in Pakistan. The Pakistan government has till now denied this charge. India wants Pakistan to dismantle 33 camps, Pakistan denies their presence. An Agreement is likely on early release of Indian and Pakistani fishermen who've been languishing in jails in both countries.The meeting, in which Both sides are being represented by a 17-member delegation each, is expected to go on till 5 this evening. Home Secretary GK Pillai will host a dinner for the Pak delegation at 8 pm. As Yuvraj Singh and Shahid Afridi polish their sixes and their leg breaks and as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh gets ready to enjoy their heroics with Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, the home secretaries of both the countries are trying to put Indo-Pak relations back on track.But cricket bonhomie apart, terrorism will continue to be the sore point. Pakistan has so far not moved to hand over voice samples of 26/11 accused like Zakir Ur, Rehman Lakhvi, Ab O Gama and Zarar Shah. This despite Interior Minister Rehman Malik assuring Chidambaram during talks 9 months ago that India will not be disappointed with Pakistan’s response.Sources say that India will ask Pakistan why it has not challenged a ruling by the trial court preventing Pakistani government from giving India voice samples of these accused in the High Court or the Supreme CourtPakistan on its part is likely to insist on a status report into the Samjhauta Express blast in which 68 people lost their lives. Most of the deceased were Pakistan nationals and the confessions of this man, Swami Aseemanand, now seems to suggest that the blast was orchestrated by a Hindu group named Abhinav BharatSources say that ultimately what we might see in the joint statement are token gestures like the release of captured fishermen. Important issues like those of terrorism might be left to a later day. While the current talks may just set the frame work for the next round between Commerce and Water Secretary slated soon after.