Pakistan and India are set for a revised visa agreement between the two countries. The new agreement will be launched on December 14, 2012, with Pakistani Interior minister Rehman Malik arriving in neighboring India on a three day visit.
Apart from the revised visa agreement, India and Pakistan will also discuss counter terrorism, border management, cooperation among security and investigation agencies and fake Indian currency notes. The officials said that Malik will call upon Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, National Security Adviser Shiv Shankar Menon, as well as the leader of the opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj on December 15, 2012.
Malik will be accompanied by an official delegation, including members from the interior ministry, foreign ministry, federal investigation agency and others. This will also mark Malik’s first official visit to India. Apart from Sushil Kumar Shinde, junior RPN Singh, senior officials from the home ministry, external affairs ministry and various security agencies will be taking part in proceedings from the Indian side.
Shinde had invited Malik to visit India officially so that both countries could continue dialogue. The deal for the visas has been materialized after talks in Islamabad between the two neighboring countries in the month of September, 2012. The recent move has been taken so as to improve ties between Islamabad and New Delhi.