Pakistan, India tackle thorny issue of terrorism

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  • Wednesday, 11 Aug 2004

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and India met yesterday to confront the sensitive issue of terrorism in the latest step aimed at ending hostility over Kashmir, where India accuses Pakistan of backing extremists. 

The two-day talks here, which will also address drug trafficking, are part of the step-by-step dialogue process addressing an eight-point agenda agreed on in July. 

Pakistan's interior secretary Tariq Mahmud and Indian home secretary Dhirendra Singh are leading the delegations.  

The issue of terrorism is one of the most sensitive between the nuclear-armed neighbours. 

India has frequently accused Pakistan of sponsoring terrorism by Islamic rebels fighting Indian forces in Kashmir. 

Pakistan denies backing the rebels in their 15-year insurgency, saying it only offers moral support, and calls the guerillas “freedom fighters” battling a violent oppressor. – AFP  

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