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Pak Punjab Speaker for easy visa norms

Posted on Dec 28, 11:09PM | UNI

Speaker of Provincial Assembly of Punjab (Pakistan) Rana Muhammad Iqbal Khan today stressed the need for simplifying visa procedures between India and Pakistan and demanded that visa facility should be made available at the border to enable the citizens of both countries to visit each other without any hitch.

Besides, steps should be taken by both countries to promote mutual cooperation in trade, education, agriculture and other key spheres.

Mr Rana Muhammad Iqbal Khan, who is on a three-day personal visit to India, was speaking after being accorded a warm welcome by Haryana Vidhan Sabha Speaker Kuldeep Sharma here.

Mr Rana Iqbal has been former Governor of Pakistan and also has links with Gumthala village near Pehowa in Kurukshetra District.

He said though the citizens of the two countries had migrated about 65 years ago, they had keen desire to visit their ancestral places. "Increased people-to-people contact will not only help bring the two countries closer but also solve some of the lingering problems," he added.

Expressing happiness over the resumption of Indo-Pak cricket ties, Mr Rana Iqbal said that both India and Pakistan had been arch rivals in cricket but the players on both sides played the game in positive spirit, he added.

Mr Sharma too favoured simplification of visa procedures.

He said that dialogue between the two countries was in progress on this issue.