Pakistani nationals planning a visit to India long for an early return of normalcy between the neighbours as they feel warm relations alone can end travel hassles they face even in their own country.
The diplomatic stand-off post-Mumbai mayhem has complicated the process of obtaining visa and travel documents. Even if one manages a visa,the travails awaiting in India are a wee bit embarrassing,said Bishop Joseph Coutts of the Faisalabad Diocese in Pakistan.
“The worst (Mumbai siege) happened when things were moving at the right direction. People-to-people contact was very promising and it could have nurtured bonds and created a better atmosphere,” said the Church leader,who was in New Delhi en route his ancestral town in Goa.
According to him,prospective travellers to India from the neighbouring country have to submit themselves to unusual formalities. One has to even furnish the resident and identity proofs of his/her host in India.
“The prolonged process has its bearing on the number of visitors. The plane I boarded had passengers half its capacity,” Coutts,whose father was a Goan,said.
“There are deep bonds between people on either side of the border. But,once we are in India,we are treated as aliens. We have to run between police stations to prove that we have no sinister plans.”