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Parties want ferry service,direct flight

He also pitched for a direct flight between Delhi and Islamabad.

Written by Express News Service | Islamabad | Published: September 8, 2012 2:40:39 am

From ferry service between Karachi and Mumbai to creating a “negative list” for individuals who should not be given visas,from direct flights between Delhi and Islamabad to cooperating on Afghanistan,ruling coalition partners in the Pakistan government on Friday favoured strong bilateral relations between the countries with interesting ideas.

Leaders of three political parties — Awami National Party (ANP),Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and Pakistan Muslim League (Q) — met External Affairs Minister S M Krishna on Friday separately and made specific proposals.

After coming out of the meeting,MQM leader Dr Farooque Sattar told The Indian Express,“We proposed that Mumbai and Karachi should have a ferry service,consulates should be opened in both these cities,and connectivity should be improved between Munnabao and Khokrapar and allow trade on that route.”

ANP’s acting president Haji Adil pitched for a liberalised visa regime which has a “single consolidated negative list”,and remaining every citizen from both sides should have easy access to visas.

He also pitched for a direct flight between Delhi and Islamabad.

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