Punjab seeks Pak consulate office at Amritsar
Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal has sought the intervention of Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde for taking slew of measures to facilitate issuance of visa to Pakistan by opening an office of the Consulate General of Pakistan at Amritsar.
In a communique sent to Mr Shinde today, Mr Badal said that he was happy that India and Pakistan were moving towards a liberalised visa regime that would help trade and also cement people to people ties.
He emphasised that trade and cultural ties created a more congenial atmosphere within the two countries and ensure development on both sides of the border. Therefore, both governments should initiate all steps to push this process further.
Mr Badal reiterated the long outstanding demand of people and said that we should take steps to open an office of the Consulate General of Pakistan at Amritsar and that of Indian High Commission at Lahore so that the people could apply for visas without having to travel to Delhi/Islamabad.
He said that both countries should also take steps to ensure that larger numbers of visas were issued allowing people to cross the border on foot.