The former Union Home Secretary, G.K. Pillai, on Thursday said the 26/11 trial in Pakistan had not made any progress in Pakistan.

Faster action by Islamabad would have been welcomed by India, he said speaking at a conference on Science and Technology for Homeland Security – 2011, organised by FICCI here.

Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar, who concluded her visit to India, said judicial processes took time and it was in her country's interest that the trial was completed speedily.

On the Confidence Building Measures announced to expand cross-LoC travel and trade in Jammu and Kashmir, Mr. Pillai, who had served as Commerce Secretary before taking over as Home Secretary in mid-2009, said a lot of groundwork still had to be done. “Trade should help Kashmiris on both sides of the LoC. Products traded should be identified. It has been seen that many products which are not beneficial to the people are traded.”

Urban security

Mr. Pillai said: “The future of security in Indian cities is bleak and the situation is going to deteriorate. We have to make our cities safe as new types of crimes are coming up.”

With the country experiencing a high growth rate of eight per cent, people's aspirations were rising and millions were teeming into cities, giving rise to increasing crime rate in the absence of employment opportunities, he said.

New technologies being inducted to make cities safe would have to be employment-intensive as job creation was the key to making the youth shun crime.

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