2 senior Pakistani politicians to visit India next week

19:40, December 31, 2009      

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Two senior Pakistani politicians will be in India next week to attend an international conference and might use the opportunity to talk with Indian officials on improving Indo-Pakistan relations, reported the Indo-Asian News Service on Thursday.

Fahmeeda Mirza, the first woman speaker of Pakistan's National Assembly, and Farooq Ahmed, deputy chairman of the Pakistani Senate, will come to India on a six-day visit. They will attend the 20th Conference of Speakers and Presiding Officers (CSPOC) of the Commonwealth beginning on Monday, said the report.

Although no special meeting with Indian officials outside the purview of the conference has been planned so far, the two Pakistani politicians are likely to use their interactions in India "to underline the need for resuming talks" stalled since the Mumbai terror attacks, said the report.

Pakistan's High Commissioner Shahid Malik will be hosting a dinner for the visiting Pakistani delegation on Wednesday, where the Kashmiri separatist Hurriyat leaders have also been invited, according to the report.

A statement from Hurriyat Conference (M) issued in New Delhi said Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, a moderate Kashmiri separatist leader, has been invited to meet the Pakistani leaders in the Indian capital, said the report.

Source: Xinhua
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