29 may 2011
India, Pakistan to resume Siachen talks today
New Delhi: India is expected to press Pakistan to authenticate the 110-km actual ground position line (AGPL) along the Siachen Glacier-Saltoro ridge in Jammu and Kashmir when their defence secretaries meet here for two days beginning Monday.
The talks on the world’s highest battlefield between Indian Defence Secretary Pradeep Kumar and his Pakistani counterpart, Lt. Gen. (retd.) Syed Athar Ali, are being held after a gap of four years and are part of the two nations’ larger effort to resolve outstanding issues between them, a defence ministry official said here Sunday.
The two countries have decided to resume their dialogue, which was put on hold after the November 2008 Mumbai terror attack, following meetings between their prime ministers in Thimpu in April 2010.
The foreign secretaries and home secretaries of the neighbours have met since February this year and now it is the turn of the defence secretaries.
The Indian delegation for the talks, the 12th in the series, will also include Special Secretary R.K. Mathur, Director-General Military Operations Lt. Gen. A.M. Verma and the Surveyor General, S. Subba Rao.
The other members of the Pakistani delegation are Maj. Gen. Ashfaq Nadeem Ahmed, Maj. Gen. Munwar Ahmed Solehri and Maj. Gen. (retired) Mir Haider Ali Khan.