India and Pakistan foreign ministers meet

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi (right) and Indian counterpart SM Krishna in Islamabad on 15 July 2010 Relations between the two nuclear neighbours were severely damaged by the Mumbai attacks

The Indian and Pakistani foreign ministers are meeting in Islamabad in an effort to revive peace talks that froze after the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

Pakistan says all issues are on the table for the talks between Shah Mehmood Qureshi and India's SM Krishna.

Islamabad is expected to bring up its complaint that India is diverting water from rivers that cross the border.

The talks are the third high-level contact in six months and the foreign ministers' first meeting since 2008.

In February, the two nations' senior foreign ministry officials met in Delhi. Last month, their home ministers met in Islamabad.

The BBC's Aleem Maqbool in the Pakistani capital says after the turbulent times between the two nuclear neighbours, these talks will be feted as a success simply if they do not collapse.

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Both governments need to work more closely for eliminating this menace [of militancy]”

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The 2008 Mumbai (Bombay) attacks - which severely damaged relations between the two - are expected to be the focus of the talks.

India blamed the bloodshed - in which Islamist gunmen killed more than 160 people - on Pakistan-based militants. After initial denials, Pakistan admitted the attacks were partly planned on its soil.

Mr Krishna also met Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Thursday.

Afterwards, the president urged intelligence sharing between the two countries to help fight terrorism.

"Pakistan is against militancy and terrorism in any form and in any location and both the governments need to work more closely for eliminating this menace," President Asif Ali Zardari said in a statement.

Recent violence in the divided Kashmir region - at the heart of hostility between the neighbours - was also expected to be discussed.

As the two ministers met, news emerged that the second Indian army major in as many days had been killed in a bitter firefight with militants in mountainous forest at Poonch district, Indian-administered Kashmir.

Separatists in the region began an insurgency against Indian rule in 1989 - a movement almost immediately backed by Pakistan - and since then tens of thousands of people have been killed.

Mostly Muslim Kashmir has been the cause of two of three wars between Pakistan and India since independence from Britain in 1947. Relations between the two countries have been bedevilled by border and resource disputes.

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