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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and India will start new visa regime for the elderly people of age 65 or more and provide them visa-on-arrival with effect from January 15.

The India high commission in Islamabad, while highlighting the implementation of this facility, said the visa-on-arrival will be available daily between 10 am to 4 pm to Pakistani passport holders of more than 65 years of age, crossing on foot, only at Attari immigration checkpost and not through any other immigration/ border point.

The high commission further explained that Pakistani passport holders of more than 65 years of age could use this facility to visit any place in India except Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Kerala and other prohibited areas.

This facility can be availed for the sole objective to visit India to meet friends or relatives.

This facility cannot be availed for business, medical, conference, employment, pilgrim or any other purpose, said the press release.

For the latter category, applicants can approach the High Commission of India, Islamabad and apply for Indian visa, as per the procedure.

A single entry exempted from police reporting visa for 45 days stay and maximum up to 5 places will be endorsed under the visa on arrival facility.

This facility could be availed for a maximum of two times in a calendar year and will be non-extendable and non-convertible.

The immigration officer at Attari immigration checkpost reserves the right to refuse visa application, if the applicant does not satisfy any of the conditions illustrated above or the applicant was earlier refused an Indian visa, said the statement of the Indian high commission.

The facility will not be applicable to holders of diplomatic/official passports, the statement added.

Comments (20) Closed

til Jan 14, 2013 07:31pm
age should be 60 and not 65
deva Jan 15, 2013 06:47am
wrong decision by both will create more mistrust..any increase in drugs, fake notes..killings..politician wil blame each other and get away. First thing should be control on Arms flow, Arms purchase etc
kaine Jan 16, 2013 08:55am
If Hafiz Saeed Applies wouldn't that solve the problem. Indian government can arrest him directly that way..:p just kidding. Seriously, why don't you guys arrest all our molvis including Tahir Ul Qadri... We could use a little less of them
aftab Jan 15, 2013 04:41am
Not valid for Punjab? How is one supposed to enter INDIA at Attari then? Attari is in Punjab!!
Dev Jan 15, 2013 09:26am
If you have dual citizenship, you are probably better off applying from Pakistan. Out there, antecedents can be checked more easily. Western consulates are unable to determine antecedents of people living there reliably. I do realise it is unfair, but you have David Headley to thank for it. Till the security situation remains the way it is, I do not see visa rules changing. But please be fair - refusal rates are pretty high in all consulates, not just Indian.
Gohar Jan 15, 2013 01:19am
We should not ease visa restrictions with India. We should prevent the influx of economic refugees and opportunistic refugees who will exploit the visa system. Pakistan already observed some 7.5 million Indian Muslims in 1947 and again another 10 million Kashmiri refugees. In recent decades many illegal indian refugees can be found in Karachi as well. I strongly oppose this Visa regime and feel it should be made more stringent. Indians are known throughout the world for sneaking and lingering in foreign countries due to the abject poverty and overpopulation of their soil despite what some of the more affluent computer owning web trollers from india are saying.
Gautam Jan 14, 2013 11:57pm
Age should be 130 not 65 !
Akram Jan 14, 2013 10:59pm
Why is going to Kerala prohibited?
Dev Jan 15, 2013 09:32am
They have limited it to people with relatives in India. Let's be a little more generous and accommodating - there are people that left in 1947, let's allow them the comfort of visiting their place of birth in their twilight years. And, let's make them welcome and comfortable during their stay. That they had to leave was a grave injustice - let us, the present generation, do our bit to make up for that. As an Indian, and Hindu, I see this as an act of "punya". I do not dismiss your concerns, those are for real. We should tackle them through robust customs screening. The applicants should be informed that customs screening will be significantly more than routine, so expectations are managed properly.
Kamal Khan Jan 14, 2013 10:31pm
Pakistan can extend the same facility to Indian Citizens for visiting Sindh province. Fair enough
Indian Jan 14, 2013 09:55pm
So that Hafeez Sayeed can request for Visa on Arrival?
vijay Rathore Jan 15, 2013 10:12am
Only for 65 year olds, if accompanied by both their parents :-)
TK from USA Jan 14, 2013 09:26pm
Will this also be applicable to Citizens of other countries (British, USA or Canada) with Indian/Pakistani origin? Pakistani Americans are refused Indian Visa for they were born in "Pakistan". Indian Consulate may consider granting visa if they opt to renounce their Pakistani Citizenship, which I think is totally unfair.
Gautam Jan 15, 2013 08:10am
This is the worst thing to happen to India since Pakistan!
aka Jan 15, 2013 03:13am
because ? you are 60?
abc Jan 15, 2013 10:10pm
There is hardly any non muslim Indian in India, who still have relatives to visit in Pakistan.
Canada Jan 16, 2013 04:57pm
there a many paki guys here who consider me as thier friend beacuse when ever they are in need i help them.... this mistrust is manily lies with rouges
Canada Jan 16, 2013 04:54pm
Indian Muslims who came to Pakistan in 1947????? Is this what they teach you in school.....Indian Muslims!!!!!! Pakistan was formed so that all Muslims will live in Pakistan and rest Hindus+ Sikhs+ Jain+ +Buddhists + Christens + Parsi will live in India. Yeah there is poverty in India but not a single Indian will ever prefer to come to Pakistan.
rishi Jan 16, 2013 04:37am
good you don't know that..
Aamir Alvi Jan 16, 2013 08:58am
My view is that India and Pakistan should maintain a distance from each other,absolute cold turkey! there is so much mistrust and bad blood that past would always come to haunt the moment we try to warm up to each other - so why bother?