IN his first interview to an Indian reporter, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said he would visit India whether he was invited or not. Since taking the oath, he has been in favour of India and importing electricity from there. He has also sent a special letter to Manmohan Singh for bilateral relations.

I wish Nawaz Sharif heard the tale of one Pakistani travelling to India to meet his/her relative. First, it is a very lengthy procedure to get an Indian visa. One of the requirements for a visa is to get a sponsorship letter from India which has to be signed by one of the government officials in India.

Then many documents from the visitor and his relative in India are required. When a Pakistani reaches India, he is made to fill manually and sign different forms. When he reaches his destination, he has to report to the CID office within 24 hours.

There is so much manual work at the CID office – it is located in a very congested area (Craft Market) -- that they take three to four hours for the visitor to get things done. All this is done deliberately to harass and discourage Pakistanis from travelling to India.

Imagine a country which exports software cannot make any software for such work at the airport and the CID office. Contrary to this, an Indian gets a Pakistani visa in a week with no documents at all. He has to fill a simple visa application and a few documents.

After five Indian army personnel died owing to their own mistake, they have been continuously violating the LoC, killing many innocent villagers, and releasing water from dams to flood our villages. They also burnt Pakistani painters’ work in Hyderabad, Deccan, have refused bilateral talks, while there are media trials, and many more.

Still we do not have courage to protest and we are approaching them for friendly relations.

G.H.VAJID
Karachi


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NORI
Sep 01, 2013 02:06pm

Dear Vajid,

Despite every precaution India takes, you would be surprised to hear that 100,000 Pakistani visitors to India (for cricket matches. religious and social visits) failed to return (official statistics) and simply vanished into the population of India. Some of them were later found to be working with terrorists. Moreover, India is an attractive destination with more safety and job opportunities when compared to Pakistan. Hence the stringent checks. Indians visitors have no interest / motivation in disappearing in Pakistan. Hope you got it.

khanm
Sep 01, 2013 06:40pm

It is the characteristic excellence of the strong man that he can bring momentous issues to the fore and make a decision about them. The weak are always forced to decide between alternatives they have not chosen themselves.

Guru
Sep 01, 2013 06:44pm

This is an one-sided narrative. I have Indian co-workers who need to travel for work to Pak & visa is not a cake walk as written here. Whatever he has mentioned for the Indian side exist on the Pakistan side also - endless forms, registering with Police, limited cities to visit etc. And I would like to get clarification on 5 Indian soldiers dying due to their own mistake. What could that mistake be - they sliced their throat themselves?

AbbasToronto
Sep 01, 2013 08:40pm

This shows the difference between Pak and India efficiency.

We value Freedom while Indians Law and Order. That is why we separated.

To their ways, to us ours.

Ahmer
Sep 02, 2013 12:42am

What can Nawaz Sharif do when our Army is not interesting in protecting the people? Why do they nor retaliate?

G. Din
Sep 02, 2013 12:57am

We Indians would prefer Pakistanis did not visit India.
Is there any country in the world which welcomes Pakistanis? None. That is the kind of reputation you have garnered for yourselves.
So, stay home. If you want to meet your Indian relatives, invite them to Pakistan and show them what they have been missing and are continuing to miss by not migrating to the "land of the Pure"!

ahmed
Sep 02, 2013 01:56am

@NORI: This is a typical self-serving, factually-presumptuous response that too many small-minded Indians suffer from. The same mindset that got Jinnah fed up of Congress's mealy mouthed dealings and convert from "the ambassador of hindu-muslim unity" to the worst nightmare of the Congress. Thus, while this "100,000 Pakistanis visitors to India failed to return" is a nice round number, I have never heard of such a thing before. Again, it is merely delusional to refer to India with all its filth and crime as being "an attractive destination" for Pakistanis or anyone else.

P kumar
Sep 02, 2013 02:51am

What was the 'own mistake' of the indian soldiers please.