Rehman Malik confirms India visit

PRESS TRUST OF INDIA

New Delhi, Dec 10: Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik will pay a three-day visit to India from December 14 to operationalise the liberalised visa agreement between the two countries.
“He (Malik) is going to Turkey on the 12th (of this month) with the (Pakistan) President. He has written to me to confirm that he is coming to Delhi on December 14 and will be here till (December) 16th,” Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde Monday said on the sidelines of 47th Raising Day celebrations of Border Security Force (BSF) here.
Earlier, Malik was to visit the country from December 11 to 13 during which he was scheduled to travel to Agra to spend a day at the Taj Mahal on December 12, which is also his birthday.
Sources, however, said as December 13 is the 11th anniversary of Parliament attack, carried out by Pakistani militants, Malik might have chosen to avoid being in India on that day.
Both India and Pakistan will operationalise the liberalised visa agreement during Malik's visit. The new visa regime will replace a 38-year-old restrictive accord and will pave the way for time-bound visa approval and greater people- to-people contact and trade.
Home Ministry sources have said details of Malik's visit was being worked out in consultation with the Ministry of External Affairs and Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi.
Malik had tweeted on December six that his planned trip to India has been delayed by a few days and will now visit New Delhi on December 14.
The Pakistani Minister had said he plans to visit Agra on December 14.
The visa agreement, signed by then External Affairs Minister S M Krishna and Malik in Islamabad on September 8, eases curbs on issuing visas to traders, elderly people, tourists, pilgrims, members of civil society and children.
Under the new regime, one can visit five places, instead of the three at present, and those above 65 years of age and children below 12 years of age and eminent businessmen are exempted from reporting to the police.
Malik had indicated to Shinde, when they met in Rome on the sidelines of the Interpol General Assembly last month, that he wished to travel to New Delhi to formally launch the new visa regime.
Later, official sources had said that as the government was planning to hang 26/11 convict Ajmal Kasab on November 21, the visit was postponed.

Lastupdate on : Mon, 10 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 10 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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