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May 26, 2012

India disappointed with Pakistan's decision to not ink liberalised visa pact

     New Delhi: India has expressed disappointment with Pakistan 's decision to not ink the liberalised visa pact during the Home Secretary-level talks held in Islamabad . "The visa agreement had to go ahead because it was ready in any case. It had been negotiated, finalized and both sides had attached great importance to having this visa agreement signed. So, we have gone there fully prepared to sign it," said Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai. India and Pakistan on Friday agreed to enhance cooperation between their investigative agencies on issues of mutual concerns, including the 26/11 attacks during the Home Secretary-level talks. The two sides, however, failed to ink the much-anticipated liberalised visa regime, merely agreeing to do it an early date after Islamabad insisted on political participation. At the meeting between Home Secretary R K Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Khwaja Siddique Akbar, the two nations agreed that terrorism poses continuing threat to peace and full normalisation of bilateral relations. A joint statement issued by India and Pakistan after the two-day talks said they agreed to sign a new visa agreement at an early date.
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