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India, Pak break deadlock

 UFA (RUSSIA), July 10 - Breaking the deadlock, India and Pakistan today decided to revive the stalled dialogue process and quicken the Mumbai attack case trial in talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif, who came under attack back home on absence of the Kashmir issue in the joint statement.

In a significant decision, Modi accepted Sharif’s invitation and agreed to visit Pakistan next year for the SAARC Summit.

In their first bilateral talks in over a year, the two leaders met for nearly an hour in Ufa’s Congress Hall here on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit and decided that National Security Advisers Ajit Doval and Sartaj Aziz will meet in New Delhi either next month or in September to discuss “all issues connected to terrorism”.

The decision is crucial as Aziz is a well-respected person in that country and trusted by the Pakistan Army, sources said, adding he is the right man for the task.

The two leaders focused their discussions mainly on terrorism, which India has been projecting as the core issue bedevilling Indo-Pak relations.

Modi and Sharif had held bilateral talks in May last year in New Delhi when the Pakistan Prime Minister came to attend the swearing-in ceremony of the Indian leader. They came face-to-face in Kathmandu in November last for the SAARC Summit but only exchanged pleasantries. (PTI)

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