Visa pact with Pak set to be inked today
08 Sep 12 11:34 AM
ISLAMABAD: Foreign minister S M Krishna and his Pakistani counterpart Hina Rabbani Khar will meet on Saturday amid indications that an agreement on a new visa regime will be signed although Khar didn't offer much hope of speedier progress on the trial of top Lashkar leaders accused in the 26/11 terror strike.
Two other agreements — on allowing people to cross LoC for pilgrimage purposes and a cultural exchanges deal — are also being discussed.
Khar promised a new approach to India and insisted it was not in Pakistan's interest to allow 26/11 to "fester into an issue" in bilateral relations but countered India's concern on the trial by pointing to the slow progress in the Samjhauta Express case where Pakistani tourists were targeted by Hindu extremists. "If you doubt our intentions, look at the case of Samjhauta Express. We have said that once the process of co-examination of evidence, the opportunity of that is provided, we can hope for some forward movement," she said.