India Pakistan may have relaxed visa regime soon

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    New Delhi, Jun 23 (PTI) India and Pakistan will soon have a relaxed visa regime that will facilitate easier travel for journalists, businessmen, children and senior citizens of both the countries. New Delhi and Islamabad are working closely towards amendments in the existing visa agreement at the Joint Working Group meetings for finalisation of a pact possibly at the next Ministerial-level bilateral meeting.

    "If both the countries reach an agreement, for the first time India and Pakistan will have a liberalised visa regime," a government official said.
    India has proposed relaxed norms for issuance of visas to journalists, businessmen, children (below the age of 12 years) and senior citizens (above 60 years) and patients travelling for medical treatment. Under the proposal, these visas will not be city- specific and visa holders will be allowed to travel across the country, the official said.

    New Delhi has proposed that anyone travelling to India with a valid visa who wants to travel again within a span of two years should be exempted from the time-consuming security background checks process which is done from here.

    "We are positive on liberalising the visa regime with Pakistan to facilitate greater people-to-people contacts between the two nations," the official said. New Delhi is also in favour of abolishing the present policy of "port of entry and exit has to be same" and allowing the travellers to enter and exit the respective country through their chosen ports.

    Earlier this month, at the meeting of the Joint Working Group on visa issues in Islamabad, the two sides had announced that they had agreed to continue discussions on amendments in the existing visa agreement at the group's next meeting to be held in New Delhi soon. PTI
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    Good move.
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    Oh, please! We don't need people-people contact with Bhartis just by talking to them on one off occasion you can just sense how heavily they suffer from an inferiority complex and the last thing Pakistani's need is personal interactions with these pathetic people!
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    The current visa regime is horrible. Travel between the 2 countries should be encouraged. This is a good move.
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    There are many pakistanis dying to come to india to earn some bucks, but i believe india shud not relax the visa terms until and unless pakistani govt books the culprits of 26/11 and takes steps to give up on terrorism against india.
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    Oh don't be such a mean! Please please please come to India and ask all the Pakis to do the same, you see.. we Indians are dying to interact personally with Pakis..:rofl:
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    we shouldnt do this until the situation in this region becomes more peaceful......
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    Bad idea IMHO. The timing couldn't be worse.
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    look whos talking about inferiority complex . the pakistanis who say they are indian in order to escape discrimination in the states . you sound as if we are dying to meet pakistanis .
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    Best to leave the mudslinging to the weaker ones.