Indo-Pak Home Secy-level talks on May 24-25
An agreement to liberalise the visa procedures will benefit people of both the countries as it will also 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. Home Minister P Chidambaram had said last week that he hoped that the pact to have a liberalised visa regime will be signed during the talks besides taking forward Confidence Building Measures (CBMs).
"I think the liberalised visa regime can be signed if the Pakistani side is ready. Our Cabinet has approved it. Then we can talk about trade-related matters, we can talk about CBMs along the LoC…a number of issues. I am optimistic," Chidambaram had said about the meeting. The Indian delegation, led by Union Home Secretary R K Singh, will also press for action from Pakistan to bring the Mumbai terror attack perpetrators, including JuD chief Hafiz Saeed to justice, and speedy trial in a Pakistani court of seven 26/11 accused like Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi.