Visa agreement will be in top agenda as Krishna meets Hina Rabbani today

Islamabad: A liberalised visa agreement will be the main issue for the External Affairs Minister SM Krishna holds talks with his Pakistani counterpart Hina Rabbani Khar in Islamabad today.

Official sources have told that the CBMs will look at increased trade, group tourism, better communication facilities, and multiple entry permits.

The new visa agreement will benefit people of both the countries as it will facilitate multiple-entry and reporting-free visas for businessmen, allowing them to visit five cities instead of three as is the case at present.

The new agreement will replace the old visa regime that was signed in 1974.

Speaking to NDTV, on the eve of the talks, Pakistan’s Interior Minister Rehman Malik hailed the proposed visa agreement as a “historic move”, adding that the pact would greatly help in cross-border movement. (Watch)

Mr Malik also said that India shouldn’t go on about the slow pace of the 26/11 trial, saying that Pakistan too could say the same about the Samjhauta blasts case.

The 26/11 trial dominated discussions between the foreign secretaries on the eve of the talks on Friday. (Read) Foreign Minister SM Krishna also met President Asif Ali Zardari, appealing for mercy for Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh. India got consular access to Sarabjit yesterday. Sources say that President Zardari has promised to look into the cas

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