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India to sign liberalised visa pact with Pakistan today

New Delhi, Sep 8 (): A pact on a new system of group tourist visas, that is greatly anticipated between both India and Pakistan is likely to be signed on Saturday. “The visa agreement will be signed on Saturday between the two countries,“stated Rehman Malik, Pakistan Interior Minister.

Sources said the agreement would have been signed in the month of May this year, but was opposed by the country’s Interior Minister Mr Rehman Malik. The previous visa rule that was signed in the year 1974 will be replaced by a fresh one.

This is perhaps the first time that both the age-old enemies have decided to introduce group tourist visas which will provide visas for a group of ten-fifty people, who apply through the tour organizers, registered by the government of both the countries.

The agreement is expected to assist elder citizens aged above sixty-five years as well as children below twelve years who will be issued visas without much delay. In addition to this, the agreement will also be including multiple-city visas that will be applicable for a period of one year for business people, who were not allowed to visit more than three cities.

According to sources, media and stage performers will also be enjoying the benefit from the latest proposal of the new visa that was discussed earlier over the past year.

Earlier when the Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar was asked whether there are any symptoms for the new visa agreement to be signed during SM Krishna’s three-day visit here, Rabani said “Inshaallah, it should take place.”

Other than the new visa rule, threats of terror that had originated from different quarters in Pakistan regarding Mumbai terror attack will also be the highlight of talks. Mr Krishna is expected to convey the issue of terrorism on behalf of India which has been causing great concern in the recent past.