New Delhi: Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar on Wednesday met Home Secretary L. C. Goyal and is believed to have discussed various issues to be taken up with Pakistan that include punishment to perpetrators of Mumbai terror attacks.
The Foreign Secretary is scheduled to visit Pakistan on March 3.
Goyal is understood to have briefed Jaishankar about the 26/11 case, the slow progress of the trial in Pakistan and Lashkar-e-Taiba operative Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi’s move to get bail, official sources said.
During their nearly half-an-hour-long meeting, the Home Secretary is said to have conveyed to the Foreign Secretary all security and terror-related concerns to be flagged with Pakistan during his visit to Islamabad.
Underworld don Dawood Ibrahim’s continuous presence in Pakistan, Pakistan-based terrorist groups’ activities in Jammu and Kashmir besides other issues are said to have discussed by the two top officials, sources said.
The Foreign Secretary is scheduled to undertake ‘SAARC yatra’ from Sunday starting with Bhutan and will travel to Pakistan on March 3, marking the resumption of Indo-Pak talks with India maintaining it stands ready to discuss all outstanding issues including Jammu and Kashmir.
Jaishankar will be in Bhutan on March 1, followed by Bangladesh on March 2, Pakistan on March 3 and Afghanistan on March 4. The visit will be in accordance with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s directive.
The Foreign Secretary is expected to review various initiatives for the region, including SAARC satellites and regional university, as were proposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Nepal for SAARC Summit.