Rehman Malik to visit India on Nov 22
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Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik will be visiting India on November 22-23 during which the liberalised visa agreement between the two countries is likely to be operationalised. Malik is also learnt to have expressed his desire to travel to the Ajmer shrine and Taj Mahal during this visit.
The dates for the visit were discussed and agreed upon when Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde and Malik met on the sidelines of the 81st Interpol General Assembly meeting in Rome.
However, the Home Ministry is yet to take an approval from the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) and Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) regarding the visit as Shinde returned from Rome only on Wednesday. A detailed itinerary of Malik's visit will follow soon, said sources.
During Malik's visit, the Home Minister is also likely to discuss the details regarding the visit of the National investigation Agency (NIA) team to Pakistan in connection with Mumbai 26/11 probe. Shinde said, "I have asked them (Pakistan) to provide the legal procedures for the NIA team's visit after which dates will be finalised."
At the meeting with Malik in Rome, issues regarding infiltration and terror camps were also raised by Shinde.
Shinde also told his counterpart that these issues were discussed at the SAARC summit held in Maldives in September but Pakistan is yet to take any action on the promises made and infiltration in Jammu and Kashmir has not come down yet. Sources said Malik assured India of taking steps towards curbing infiltration and cross border terrorism, the efforts of which will soon be visible to India. He also assured of providing better cooperation between Pakistan's FIA and NIA.