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India, Pakistan agree on dates for meetings

By Our Diplomatic Correspondent

NEW DELHI, OCT. 20. India and Pakistan have agreed on a schedule of meetings for talks on eight issues — principally official-level contacts flowing from the first round of their composite dialogue that concluded in the early part of September.

Importantly, the two countries have agreed to discuss the vexed question of "all issues" relating to beginning the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad bus service on December 7-8 in New Delhi.

The schedule for the rest of the meetings is as follows:

- Meeting between narcotics control authorities, including the finalisation of a memorandum of understanding (MoU): November 29-30, New Delhi.

- Meeting between railway authorities on the Munnabao-Khokhrapar rail link: December 2-3, Islamabad.

- Meeting between the Indian Coast Guards and the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency to, among other things, discuss the MoU for establishing a communication link between them: December 3-4, New Delhi.

- Meeting of the Committee of Experts on trade related issues: December 9-10, New Delhi.

- Joint survey of the boundary pillars in the horizontal segment in the Sir Creek area: December 14-15, Karachi.

- Expert-level meeting on nuclear confidence-building measures (CBMs), among other things, to discuss the draft agreement on advance notification of missile tests: December 14-15, Islamabad.

- Expert-level meeting on conventional CBMs: December 15-16, Islamabad.

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