Delighted Rehman Malik says 'visa agreement is a big move'
Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Friday said that he has come to India with a message of love and peace, and added that the focus of his visit on the visa agreement that will enhance the ties between the two sides and promote goodwill.
Malik said the visa agreement would enable the people of the two sides to move freely without any problem.
"I bring with me a message of peace and love, which is very important for our coming generations. I am delighted over the fact that the situation today is not the same as it was five years ago. The visa agreement will enable the people of the two sides to move freely without any problem. That interaction, that meeting, that relationship will bring lot of good for the people," he added.
Malik said the interactions between the Indian and the Pakistani leadership has given an impetus to the peace process.
"I must give credit to my leadership, President Zardari and my Prime Minister, and I would like to give equal credit to the Prime Minister of India, Mr. Chidambaram and of course Mr. Shinde. I must pay my full respects and my appreciation to Mr. Shinde that it happened I am here today. It happened that we had signed the agreement between the two countries," said Malik.
"So, I think the interaction between the leadership had given good results and now because of that good interaction and our journey towards peace is progressing very well because of the interaction of the two governments. And now, especially with the visa regime, with the policy, when the people will interact, I think it also being lot of good for us," he added.
To a poser on whether the new visa regime would come into effect immediately, Malik said: "What me and Mr. Shinde has agreed, it will of course. We are expecting that many people will go. Accordingly, we have made some arrangements on both sides, but what is important is how the both sides can facilitate our people."
"We are going to discuss that. So, when they are entering Pakistan they should feel that they are coming to their own home and similarly I expect when the Pakistanis are coming to India they should feel that they are coming to their own home," he added.
Malik arrived India on a three-day visit on the invitation of Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde.
Malik, who arrived at the International Airport here in a military plane, was received by Minister of State for Home R.P.N. Singh.
Counter terrorism, border management, fake Indian currency notes and co-operation among security and investigation agencies are on the agenda to be taken up for discussion between Malik and his Indian counterpart Shinde.
The visiting Minister is scheduled to call on Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, National Security Adviser Shri Shiv Shankar Menon and Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj, tomorrow.