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Dawood, 26/11 attack, Gurdaspur to figure at NSA-level talks


New Delhi: Underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, speedy trial in 26/11 Mumbai terror attack case and capture of a Pakistani terrorist in Udhampur are some of the key issues to be raised by India at the forthcoming NSA-level talks with Pakistan.

Recent terror attack in Punjab’s Gurdaspur, cross-border firing, infiltration from across the border and presence of militants’ camps in Pakistan will also be on the table as the government is preparing a detailed dossier for the high-level meeting to be held on August 23.

National Security Advisor Ajit Doval today held a meeting with Home Secretary L C Goyal, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar, Defence Secretary G Mohan Kumar and top security officials where they discussed the issues to be raised before his Pakistani counterpart Sartaj Aziz, official sources said.

India is expected to give evidence that the three terrorists who carried out the attack in Gurdaspur last month came from Pakistan and Mohammed Naved Yakub, arrested in Udhampur in Jammu recently after an ambush on a BSF convoy, was a Pakistani national.

Doval is likely to press for handing over of Dawood, a key accused in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts, expeditious and comprehensive trial of 26/11 case to ensure that LeT founder Hafiz Saeed and outfit’s operations commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi could be punished, sources said.

The regular, unprovoked firing from across the border targeting BSF posts and civilian population in Jammu and Kashmir is also expected to figure in the talks.

Pakistan Prime Minister’s Advisor on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz will visit India on August 23 for first-ever NSA-level talks between the two countries.

The decision to hold talks was taken when prime ministers of the two countries met in Ufa, Russia last month on the sidelines of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit.

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