National / World

Modern Facilities at Wagah Border; Easy Visa for Pakistanis


Attari (Punjab), Apr 14 ,2012, (PTI): Extending airport-like facilities for cross-border passengers and cargo movement, India today said it has approved a liberal visa regime for people of Pakistan, as New Delhi seeks peace and harmony with Islamabad with the help of trade free of all barriers.

Inaugurating an Integrated Check Post (ICP) here, built at a cost of Rs 150 crore and equipped with facilities, including helipad, Home Minister P Chidambaram said: "I dedicate this on auspicious Baisakhi Day to the nation, to India-Pakistan peace, harmony,friendship and glorious future for both the people..."

Pakistan's Commerce Minister Makhdoom Amin Fahim, present on the occasion, said, "It is a historic day. Long live Pakistan-India friendship." Chidambaram said the Indian government has approved a new visa regime, which is yet to be by the Pakistani Cabinet. The visa rules would be "liberal for business people, for elderly, for children and for spouses," he said.

Fahim said, in principle,business people would be given multiple entry visa for a year that could be extended later. Spread over 118 acres, the ICP has a passenger terminal of 9,600 sq mts with 16 immigration and 12 customs counters.

Fitted with X-ray baggage scanners and amenities like health services, child care and prayer room and ramps, the complex has a cargo-terminal and parking space for trucks.
Guarded by the Border Security Force (BSF), the ICP, though delayed by nine months in completion, has also been provided with a helipad.

Chidambaram appealed to Commerce Ministers of both the countries, present on the occasion, to dismantle all the trade barriers. "Trade is a great driving force...war may divide people, trade brings people together."

Leave a Comment

Title : Modern Facilities at Wagah Border; Easy Visa for Pakistanis


 
 
 
 

 
You have 2000 characters left.

Disclaimer:

Please write your correct name and email address. Kindly do not post any personal, abusive, defamatory, infringing, obscene, indecent, discriminatory or unlawful or similar comments. Daijiworld.com will not be responsible for any defamatory message posted under this article.

Please note that sending false messages to insult, defame, intimidate, mislead or deceive people or to intentionally cause public disorder is punishable under law. It is obligatory on Daijiworld to provide the IP address and other details of senders of such comments, to the authority concerned upon request.

Hence, sending offensive comments using daijiworld will be purely at your own risk, and in no way will Daijiworld.com be held responsible.


Security Validation

Enter the characters in the image