Moving ahead, India, Pak mull visa relaxation

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  1. Blackwater

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    India and Pakistan have renewed attempts to ease visa restrictions to enhance people-to-people contact with a two-day meeting of senior officials of the countries in Islamabad today.

    The Indian side included officials from the Home Ministry and the External Affairs Ministry, while the Pakistani team included officials from the Foreign Ministry and the Interior Ministry.

    Official sources said deliberations at the first meeting of the joint working group on the visa regime were cordial. The objective of the talks was to soften visa formalities and initiate a new accord.

    The group is examining the modalities for streamlining the visa procedures and will give final shape to a bilateral visa accord. India and Pakistan have a restrictive visa regime, under which nationals of the two countries are granted city-specific visas and are obliged to report to the police authorities periodically. The deep suspicion between the two countries is said to be the prime reason for the restrictive visa regime. Despite promises from time to time, the visa restrictions have virtually remained in place.





    Notwithstanding the nature of relationship between the two countries, people in both India and Pakistan apply in large numbers for visas.

    Pakistani visa applications declined considerably after the 26/11 attacks. India has issued more visas in recent years.

    Whereas India grants nearly 1 lakh visas annually to Pakistanis, its counterpart issues 25-40,000 visas annually.


    The Tribune, Chandigarh, India - Main News
     
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    It means more 26/11. More Ajmal kasab sorry (amar singh) entering India lolllllllllllllllllll
     
  4. The Messiah

    The Messiah Bow Before Me! Elite Member

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    kasab and co didn't need visas.
     
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    Bad idea. Relaxing visa rules is free run for terrorists to enter india. No need for the people to people contact, india ends up lone loser in this as the only people entering india from pak are terrorists. Even during cricket matches we have seen pakistanis disappearing after entering india. So no relaxation of visa rules.
     
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    Not only terrorists but regular pakistanis disappear because of being fed up in pakistan. Not all but some.
     
  7. sukhish

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    dont' worry visa's won't be relaxed just like that. you should go to the attari border and see how our immigration officials treat passengers from pakistan. they surely don't get the red carpet welcome. Inda is in much stronger position. couple of year form now pakistanis would bee line in front of India embassy. Pakistan is going down the drain, there is no escape for them. history repeats itself in general terms, but the way it repeats is different every time.
     

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