New Delhi: Hoping for a positive outcome, Pakistan on Monday said that it was confident about the Home Secretary-level talks with India scheduled for next week adding that it would go ahead with the talks with an open-mind. During the talks, the two sides are expected to discuss issues covering terrorism and progress in 26/11 trial.

In the run-up to the meeting on March 28 and 29 here, Pakistan High Commissioner to India Shahid Malik met Union Home Secretary Gopal K Pillai and discussed the agenda for the proposed talks, the first structured bilateral secretary- level meeting on counter-terrorism after India and Pakistan decided to resume comprehensive talks.

"I have come with the message for this very important meeting which is restart of the process (of dialogue) between the two countries. We are positive and open minded and I got the same message from the Indian side also," Malik told reporters after meeting Pillai.

Pillai and his Pakistan counterpart Chaudhry Qamar Zaman are expected to hold substantive talks on a range of issues including terrorism and progress in 26/11 trial. New Delhi is unhappy over the pace of 26/11 trial in Pakistan.

More than two years after India had suspended the composite dialogue with Pakistan in the wake of the Mumbai terror attacks in November, 2008, the two sides decided in Thimphu in February to resume comprehensive dialogue on all outstanding issues.

JPN/Bureau