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Give multiple-entry visas to J&K citizens: India proposal to Pakistan

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 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.

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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.

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