India Grants Visas To Pakistani Journalists For Kashmir Visit
27 September 2004
Voice of America
New Delhi: The Indian government has, for the first time, granted visas to a group of Pakistani journalists to visit Indian-controlled Kashmir. The unprecedented visit is scheduled to begin October 3, and follows pledges from both countries to ease visa restrictions. The journalists plan to meet top government officials, separatist leaders and other groups in Kashmir during the five-day visit. India has barred Pakistani journalists from visiting Kashmir since the two countries fought the first of two wars over the divided territory. Relations between the two countries have recently improved through peace talks aimed at resolving the contentious issues that still divide them.