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India, Pakistan to launch new visa regime today

A revised visa agreement between India and Pakistan will be launched on December 14 when Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik arrives on a three-day visit to India.

BT Online Bureau | December 14, 2012 | Updated 11:54 IST

A revised visa agreement between India and Pakistan will be launched on Friday when Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik arrives on a three-day visit to India.

The official delegation accompanying Malik includes members from interior ministry, foreign ministry, and Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) among others. This is Malik's first official visit to india.

From the Indian side, besides Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, his junior R.P.N. Singh and senior officials from home ministry, external affairs ministry and various security agencies would take part in the deliberations .

Besides the revised visa agreement, the two countries would also discuss counter-terrorism, border management, fake Indian currency notes and cooperation among security and investigation agencies, said officials.

Malik will call on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, National Security Advisor Shiv Shankar Menon, and Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj on December 15, official sources said.

He is visiting India at Shinde's invitation.

With inputs from IANS

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