A new visa regime between India and Pakistan is likely to be formally announced next month that will facilitate movement of businessmen from both the sides,Pakistani commerce secretary Zafar Mahmood said on Thursday.
In principle,the visa things are finalised. But it needs to be formally announced and approved. This would be done by by the Interior Ministry of Pakistan and the Home Ministry of India, Mahmood said after the inauguration of the four-day Lifestyle Pakistan exhibition here.
He said under the new visa regime,it would be possible for a businessman from either country to get visa for more than one year and for more number of cities. We expect that the meeting (between the Interior Ministry of Pakistan and the Home Ministry of India) would take place in April or May and this would be formally announced, Mahmood added.
India and Pakistan are working towards revising the existing bilateral visa agreement that was signed in 1974 to facilitate travel by bonafide businessmen from both the countries.
Inaugurating the exhibition,Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma said he would discuss all the issues,including allowing trade of power and petroleum products,on Friday with his Pakistani counterpart Makhdoom Amin Fahim.