"...a formal decision on this is expected to be taken at the forthcoming meeting of Home Secretary of India and Secretary of Ministry of Interior of Pakistan," Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Jyotiraditya Scindia said in a written reply in the Lok Sabha.
Scindia was replying to a query that whether both nations have held discussions on multiple-entry and reporting-free visas for businessmen as part of reducing non-tariff barriers to promote trade and economic ties.
Visa restriction is considered a major hurdle by traders in the normalisation of bilateral trade ties, he said.
The Home-Secretary level talks are likely to be held in Islamabad later this month.
Quoting the joint statement issued after the two Commerce Minister level talks in April, Scindia said that both trade ministers expressed a joint wish that "business visa regime needs to be liberalised at the earliest".
In an another reply, Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma said that both governments have agreed to explore the possibility of opening of Munabao/Khokrapuron route for trade, in consultation with stakeholders.
"In the meeting on February 15, 2012 between Commerce Ministers of India and Pakistan it was agreed for constituting a joint working group for this purpose," Sharma said.
Wednesday, May 09, 2012
Celebrating independence jointly
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The News on Sunday Special Report: India Pakistan prisoners more editions
We probably didn't need to do this Special Report. Newspaper stories don't matter when it comes to Indians in Pakistani jails and vice versa. In fact, 'vice versa' sums it up. We do to them what they do to us.
Except when the two countries decide to begin talking, yet again! This time a little before the foreign secretary level talks, some Pakistani prisoners were released by India (and vice versa must have happened) and some more were release....read more
For the past 2 years the Jang Group and Geo have been working on a project of great national interest; one that we hope will help usher in an era of peace and prosperity in the country and indeed, in the region. And one that hopefully all Pakistanis can be proud of. more
The Jang Group has entered into an agreement with the Times of India Group, the largest media group of India, to campaign for peace betw