Pakistan, India Hold New Round Of Peace Talks

18 July 2008
Agence France-Presse


Islamabad: Pakistan and India opened a new round of senior-level peace talks Friday despite a bomb attack on India's Kabul embassy which New Delhi has blamed on the Pakistani spy service, officials said. The talks, part of a peace process launched in 2004, would focus on trade and transport links between the Indian and Pakistani parts of Kashmir, the Pakistani foreign ministry said. 'The working group meeting will discuss measures to facilitate travel and trade across Line of Control,' which separates the two zones of the disputed Himalayan territory, it said in a statement. The Pakistani and Indian foreign ministers, who met in Islamabad in May had agreed to hold a meeting of the working group to discuss and promote confidence-building measures. The Kashmir dispute has been the trigger for two of the three wars between India and Pakistan since 1947. New Delhi accuses Islamabad-backed Islamic militants of waging an insurgency in the disputed Himalayan territory Kashmir and of triggering attacks in other parts of the country. Pakistan strongly denies it arms or trains the militants. The meeting comes days after New Delhi blamed Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence for the July 7 attack on its embassy in Kabul, which killed more than 40 people. Pakistan rejected the allegations.