The Associated Press
Published — Saturday 15 December 2012
Last update 15 December 2012 12:23 am
NEW DELHI: Pakistan’s interior minister has arrived in India to introduce a new visa system that will make cross-border travel easier and says tensions between the nuclear-powered rivals have eased a great deal since the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.
Rehman Mailk says that journey toward peace “is progressing very well because of growing interaction between the two governments.” Condemning the Mumbai attacks that India blames on Pakistani terrorists, Malik told reporters yesterday that non-state actors, a reference to extremist groups, were playing “havoc with both countries.’“
The new visa system will allow members of divided families, businesspeople, tourists and religious pilgrims to obtain visas quickly instead of waiting for months.
India and Pakistan have fought three wars since they won independence from Britain in 1947.