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    Indo-Pak Secy talks: issues to be considered

    New Delhi: Home Secretaries of India and Pakistan will meet in New Delhi on Monday in the shadow of a possible summit meeting between the two sides on the margins of the cricket encounter in Mohali.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, two other men are getting ready to put Indo-Pak relations back on track.Indian Home Secretary G K Pillai and his Pakistani counterpart Chaudhary Qamar Zaman are all set to flag off the first ever Home Secretary level talks between the two rivals since 26/11 and apart from discussion on the Sachins and the Shoiabs, the two delegations are also expected to thrash out issues of fishermen locked in each other’s jails, drug trafficking, fake Indian currency notes and terror camps in Pakistan.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 Court Pakistan 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.