India Moots Multi-entry Visa On LoC To Boost Trade

India Moots Multi-entry Visa On LoC To Boost Trade

7 March 2014
Times of India


New Delhi: After the recent strife over suspension of cross-LoC trade owing to the arrest of a Pakistani trucker, the Indian government has proposed multi-entry visas for improvement in movement of people from Jammu & Kashmir. However, India rejected the demand for the release of the truck driver, who was caught for drug trafficking, at a recent India-Pakistan joint working group meeting on confidence-building measures (CBMs). Giving details of the meeting on cross-LoC trade and travel held earlier this week, foreign ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin said India put forward certain proposals including improving of cross-LoC trade and travel connectivity and in this regard the demand for Skardu-Kargil bus service was reiterated. 'Currently they have a form which is a single-entry thing. Because there is now trade going on, they require more than one entry. So, a suggestion was made by us that if there could be a multiple entry booklet,' Akbaruddin said. India also shared its assessment that there was a failure on Pakistan's part to detect flow of narcotics to the Indian side and, therefore, discussions were held on the need to strengthen standard operating procedures to ensure that nothing which was not specified in the cargo list was sent. The spokesman said Pakistan raised the issue of release of its driver but India maintained that he has to face the law of the land.