India, Pakistan fail to ink pact on new visa regime

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  1. Son of Govinda

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    India, Pakistan fail to ink pact on new visa regime - Hindustan Times

    With Pakistan insisting on sorting issues related to the new liberalised visa regime between the India and Pakistan at political level, the pact will not signed at the ongoing home secretary-level talks in Islamabad.

    An Indian delegation led by home secretary RK Singh is in Islamabad for talks with Pakistan's interior secretary Khwaja Siddique Akbar.

    Pakistan had decided in principle to sign the new visa regime with India but the pact will not be signed during the current round of talks, Pakistan interior minister Rahman Malik said in Islamabad. In New Delhi, foreign secretary Ranjan Mathai said India had been prepared ready to sign the pact.

    Malik did not give details on when the pact will be inked and stressed that the pact involves important issues and should be finalised at the political level.

    Islamabad wants the agreement to be signed at ministerial level. In response to a question, Malik said India’s home minister P Chidambaram was welcome to visit Pakistan to sign the visa agreement.

    Talking about Friday’s meeting, Malik said both sides had exchanged dossiers on terrorism-related issues and that Pakistan had received additional evidence from India against Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed. But , he said Pakistan could not act on "hearsay" and that they would examine the evidence against Saeed.

    Malik said the two sides had also discussed the issue of India's alleged interference in Pakistan's Balochistan province and Akbar had been directed to provide "evidence" in this regard to his Indian counterpart.

    Replying to a question on the 33-year prison term given to Pakistani doctor Shakeel Afridi for aiding the CIA track Osama bin Laden, Malik said the court had declared Afridi a "traitor" and there was nothing the Pakistan government could do in this regard.
     
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  3. sob

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    Good for us that a liberal Visa scheme has not been finalised. The impact of it has not been analysed to the full extent.
     
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    The renewed focus on 26/11 must have made Pakistanis feel that they should renege on their earlier understanding of the new visa regime. From what I gathered, it was mostly liberalisation of family and spouse visas but now it seems Pakistan will not sign it until Chidambaram will be present. And Chidambaram is not likely to come unless there is some forward movement on the 26/11 trial in Pakistan.

    The other obvious reason is that Pakistan thinks this is a concession that its "giving" India and wants something in return like sIachen . In that case, GoP is dreaming if it expects any movement on Siachen by using the visa regime as a barganing chip
     
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    :rofl: seriously kidding are you? Pakis liberalizing visa regime is a favor for India? Bloody hell we don't need it do that terrorists come in some guise. Visa as a bargaining chip for Pakis is :facepalm:
     
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    I say NO,NO,NO.
     
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    Well given the fact Indian side was "fully prepared" to sign the agreement and that the Pakistanis declined to sign it because they wanted to "political participation" at the last minute, it looks like the Pakistanis think the Visa agreement is a barganining chip

    Stupid on the Pakistani govt. officials yes no doubt, but that is what it looks like.

    They have also cancelled an agreement on the Sir Creek as well earlier and now this. The next meeting is regarding Siachen in June. So all indications are that Pakistanis will push for withdrawal of troops. While the Indian side is going to push for authetication for the troop positions and demarcation before any troop withdrawal is even discussed.

    Lets see what happens.
     
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    Sab se pahle to hamare Ministers ko jute marna cahiye...Bh@#$@# malum hai paki they enter india without visa from bangladesh and nepal .. to bomb india .. still trying to give visa to those bast%^$%^...
     
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    Too bad. Now those deserving young men will have to reach Mumbai in country boats from Karachi...:pound:
     

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