Malik India visit begins today, new visa agreement in the offing

Last Updated: Fri, Dec 14, 2012 06:27 hrs

New Delhi: Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik arrives on a three-day visit to India on Friday and a revised visa agreement will be launched.

The Pakistan Interior Minister is visiting India from December 14 to 16 on the invitation of Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde.

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 Adviser Shiv Shankar Menon, and Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj Dec 15, they said.

The Ministry of External Affairs, however, turned down the desire of the Pakistani side for a meeting with UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, the sources said.

The Pakistan delegation will be received by R.P.N.Singh, MoS (Home) 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, Shri Shiv Shankar Menon, National Security Adviser and Sushma Swaraj, Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha on December 15. (ANI)

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