24 October, 2014 / 28 Zilhaj, 1435

THIS refers to the letter ‘Nawaz’s stance and Indian attitude’ (Sept 1). I have been to India many times; so while I agree with the writer on the difficulties in obtaining an Indian visa, I would disagree with the writer on many other things mentioned by him. I never had to sign or fill a number of forms every time I embarked on an Indian trip. I am asked to fill a simple disembarkation form which is common practice throughout the world.

I agree that reporting arrival or departure is another hassle for a traveler, but maybe the writer’s friend whom he referred to in his letter didn’t tell him that there is not just one reporting office in India.

Pakistani travellers have to report in the relevant office of the city they are visiting. In my case, I reported in Agra, Lucknow and Bhopal and none of the offices was located in congested places. Yes, the offices and the staff were no different from ours. Some travellers are made to wait for hours but that has nothing to do with them being Pakistani; rather it is part of our traditional ‘babu’ culture.

I would like the writer to pay a visit to the foreigners’ registration office in Karachi and see its condition and how South Asian travellers have to wait for hours before their arrival or departure is registered. Yes, the situation is often different in case of a ‘gora sahib’.

The writer also asked as to why the Indian authorities don’t automate the process of registration. Now let me tell the writer that the entire immigration process at the arrival and departure points in India is fully automated, as it is in Pakistan.

They are two steps ahead of us because first, they issue machine readable visa stickers and secondly because, unlike us, they use locally-manufactured computer hardware at their arrival and departure points.

I respect the writer’s stance on Indo-Pak relations even though I don’t agree with him. How I wish he had consulted some frequent traveller before writing to Dawn.

ASIF SHAKEEL Karachi


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Milind
Sep 17, 2013 04:28pm

Hey what's your problem why you want to visit india as you suffer lots of difficulties why all Pakistani want special status did any Indian ask for that i think all Pakistani suffering from superlative ego i request to all don't get visa for India and India will be grateful to you for not coming to India you want medical treatment , visitor visa at a special way and what you will offer to India just Jihadi mindset you are better at your home

khanm
Sep 17, 2013 04:44pm

Tit for tat can only be if you are on the same footing with India

Satak bhai baloch
Sep 18, 2013 12:33am

Asif bhai these journalists can make a mountain out of a mole! Enjoy your trips to India

FG
Sep 18, 2013 03:39am

Why are Pakistanis so desperate to come to India ... a land and its people that you hate with a vengeance. Stay in your own country and focus on removing the hatred and fundamentalism that is consuming you from within. If you choose to enter India, then you will be judged by the larger actions of your countrymen .. who are bent on causing mayhem in India. That is an inescapable fact, and all Pakistanis visiting India will have to learn to live with it till that destructive urge from Pakistan ceases to exist (if ever!).