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Indo-Pak parliamentarians review bilateral relations, call for liberal visa regime

August 20, 2011 - New Delhi

A multi-party parliamentary delegation from Pakistan interacted with their Indian counterparts during the second round of the Indo-Pak Parliamentarians' Dialogue, where both sides reviewed the relations between the two neighbours and stressed on the need for a liberal visa regime.

The Pakistan delegation, which left for India on August 17, was co-led by Senate Deputy Chairman Senator Jan Muhammad Khan Jamali and National Assembly Deputy Speaker and MNA Faisal Karim Kundi.

People to people contacts were recognised as the single most important confidence building measure. Both sides agreed that easing travel restrictions is of the utmost importance, and recommended visa regimes to be implemented keeping in perspective those extended to friendly countries.

Other issues that were also deliberated upon during the first day of the dialogue, included terrorism, Jammu and Kashmir, water, the role of media, removal of the trust deficit and developing a future mechanism to carry forward the parliamentary dialogue process, The Daily Times reports.

According to a joint statement, both sides were in complete agreement that it is in the joint and respective interest of India and Pakistan that peace, security and stability be established between the two countries, The News reports.

The parliamentarians said it is of the highest importance that the progress made so far by the resumption of Indo-Pak bilateral talks be "consolidated by urgently addressing, through the dialogue, all outstanding issues including Jammu and Kashmir, Siachen and Sir Creek, as also the challenge of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations including the follow-up of 26/11 Mumbai terrorist attacks."


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