Jilani said “Whatever evidence India has should be shared with us and we will investigate the matter. We are even willing to offer joint investigation into the whole affair but finger-pointing won’t help,” said Pakistan’s Jaleel Abbas Jilani.He said that terrorism was a joint problem for the both the South Asian countries and the region, adding that Pakistan and India should not blame each other for the terrorism.
Jilani however said his talks with Mathai on peace and security, CBMs, Jammu and Kashmir and promotion of friendly exchanges have been substantive. “Both the countries face threat of terrorism. We should intensify our cooperation,” he said.Asked if Jundal’s revelations will impact the positive strides the bilateral ties have made so far, Jilani said, “We hope not. There should definitely be no setback because setback is something we are not for.”Mathai and Jilani said both countries recognise that terrorism poses a continuing threat to peace and security in the region. The two top civil servants in their respective ministries did admit that differences remain over the Mumbai attack investigations but said they would meet again in Islamabad to pave the way for foreign minister-level talks in September.A joint statement issued following the parlays said: “They (the secretaries) reaffirmed the strong commitment of the two countries to fight and eliminate terrorism in an effective and comprehensive manner so as to eliminate the scourge in all its forms and manifestations.”It also said the foreign secretaries had a “comprehensive exchange of views on the issue of Jammu and Kashmir and agreed to continue discussions in a purposeful and forward looking manner with the view to finding a peaceful solution by narrowing divergences and building convergences.”“The talks were held in a frank and constructive atmosphere. Both sides reiterated their desire to carry forward the dialogue process in a purposeful and result- oriented manner,” it said. The two countries also pitched for a constructive dialogue to promote greater trust and mutual understanding.On the ongoing implementation of the already adopted nuclear and conventional CBMs, both the sides decided that separate meetings of the expert level groups on nuclear and conventional CBMs will be held.These meetings will discuss the implementation and strengthening of the existing CBMs and suggest additional mutually acceptable steps that could build greater trust and confidence between the two countries, thereby contributing to peace and security.The joint-statement also said that a meeting between the foreign ministers of India and Pakistan was now scheduled for September. Indian External Affairs Minister SM Krishna had to defer his Jul 18-19 visit to Pakistan due to the presidential elections scheduled around the same time.“We are looking for some time in the first half of Sept for me to visit Islamabad before the UN General Assembly,” Krishna told reporters in New Delhi. “There is some problem with reference to the dates. We had decided on Jul 19 as the date for me to travel to Pakistan. But we did not realise that the polling for the presidential election would be on the same day,” he said. “It has become incumbent on my part to be in India as part of the electoral college,” Krishna said, adding that the Pakistani side has been informed about the need to work out alternate dates.Meanwhile, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that there have to be ‘suitable outcomes’ for his undertaking a visit to Pakistan. In an interview to Hindustan Times, Singh said he was looking forward to visiting neighbour Pakistan, though there have to be ‘suitable outcomes’ for such a visit.