Farooq Abdullah welcomes Rehman Malik's India visit

Last Updated: Fri, Dec 14, 2012 08:20 hrs

Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy Dr. Farooq Abdullah on Friday welcomed Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik's visit to India, and hoped that the visa regulation between the two Asian neighbours becomes better.

"I think it's a good beginning. Lets hope that the visa regulation becomes better. And people are easily able to come and go and business is increased between the two countries. I think it's a good thing. I think many other things Rehman Malik will be able to talk to the Government of India," Abdullah told mediapersons outside Parliament here.

"And I think those people who did the tragedy in Mumbai will be brought to justice, that is one of India's biggest demand that must be taken up," he added.

Meanwhile, senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Uma Bharti said Pakistan would have to take India's help in the near future to fight the menace of terrorism.

"It is India's tradition to welcome the guests. So, what can I comment on his visit? But I would like to definitely say that Pakistan will have to take India's help in the near future to fight the menace of terrorism," she told mediapersons in Bhopal.

Minister of State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur, however, refused to comment on Rehman Malik's visit to India.

Rehman Malik will be arriving on a three-day visit to India beginning today on the invitation of Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde.

Minister of State for Home R.P.N. Singh will be receiving the Pakistan delegation at the airport.

The official delegation accompanying the Pakistan Interior Minister includes Members from Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), Federal Administration and High Commission of Pakistan in India.

The official engagements will commence on December 14, 2012 afternoon itself which will include Launch of Revised Visa Agreement.

The agenda also includes counter terrorism border management, fake Indian Currency Notes and cooperation among security and investigation agencies.

The Indian delegation led by Shinde will include R.P.N. Singh, senior officials from Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of External Affairs and security agencies.

The visiting Minister is scheduled to call on Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, National Security Adviser Shri Shiv Shankar Menon and Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj, on December 15. (ANI)

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