In a bid to encourage people-to-people contact, India has proposed multiple-entry visas for people of J&K in a meeting between officials of India and Pakistan to discuss cross-LoC Confidence Building Measures (CBMs).
Spokesperson for the External Affairs Ministry, Syed Akbaruddin, said Friday that India has tabled proposals to improve cross-LoC trade and travel connectivity, and the demand for Skardu-Kargil bus service was reiterated.
To facilitate movement of people from J&K, it was suggested that a booklet be issued with multiple-entry visas, Akbaruddin said.
At present, only single-entry visas are given. These measures were discussed at the India-Pakistan Joint Working Group meeting on coss-LoC trade and travel earlier this week.
India rejected Pakistan’s demand for release of its driver who was arrested for allegedly smuggling brown sugar worth Rs 100 crore on January 17 in Uri, J&K.
India maintained that the driver has to face the law of the land, and demanded that Pakistan share information of its probe, including the name of the co-signer.
The Indian delegation was led by Joint Secretary in External Affairs Ministry R Tandon, while the Pakistani side was represented by Director General (South Asia) Rifat Masood.