Pak envoy calls on Home Secy
Discuss Agenda Of Bilateral Talks
PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
New Delhi, May 15: Ahead of the India-Pakistan Home Secretary-level talks, Pakistan High Commissioner Shahid Malik Tuesday met Home Secretary R K Singh and discussed with him various aspects of the proposed meeting during which an accord for a liberalized visa regime is expected to be inked.
Though the meeting has been termed as “courtesy call”, sources said during their 30-minute deliberations, Malik discussed with Singh issues that were expected to figure at the bilateral talks scheduled to be held in Islamabad on May 24-25.
An agreement to liberalise the visa procedures will benefit people of both the countries as it will exempt elderly people from police reporting, allowing common people from either country to visit three earmarked cities instead of one. The Union Cabinet had given its nod for signing the pact on April 25.
A decision on issuance of multiple entry and reporting-free visas for businessmen, allowing them to visit five cities instead of three at present, is expected to be taken, the sources said.
Home Minister P Chidambaram has said that he hoped that the pact to have a liberalized visa regime will be signed during the talks besides taking forward confidence building measures (CBMs).
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