Minister for Interior, Rehman Malik on Monday asked India to reconsider suspending new visa regime for elderly persons as this process was initiated to facilitate citizens of both the countries.
People had termed the initiative as a great step forward in the direction of providing a semblance of rationality and compassion to the members of divided families, especially elderly people of 65 years and above age to meet their kith and kin and friends of yesteryears. In the first phase, the enforcement of new visa regime for elderly persons was scheduled to start from January 15.
Talking to mediapersons here in Islamabad, he said,"Agreements exist between the two countries. We are moving forward in trade. We are moving forward with composite dialogue and the Indian side should reconsider the visa regime."
The minister said, "We have been facing violations on Line of Control (LoC) from Indian side and I must say there is a long list of violations made by India on LoC. If there is anything wrong or there are allegations we can discuss them on different forums.
On a question about raising extremism in India, Rehman Malik said he has stated three years back that the extremism will increase in India. But this is purely an internal affair of India.
However, he avoided to given any comment and said Indian government is capable enough to take action against the issue.
"I would only say let India handle this matter itself," he added.
Answering a question, he appreciated the initiative of Federal Government for constituting a Judicial Commission comprising former judge of the Supreme Court, Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal over the death of Kamran Faisal, Assistant Director, National Accountability Bureau (NAB), to ascertain the facts behind and cause of his death.
Kamran's death has been declared by the police as suicide but his family has some apprehensions. He said the incident jolted the entire nation and added his death needs to be probed thoroughly.
He said the single-member judicial commission, formed on the basis of different media reports, will submit its report within two weeks and added the administration has been asked to extend full cooperation to the commission so that it could complete the task within stipulated time and without any trouble.
When asked about upcoming general elections, he said these were also held after the tragic death of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto, adding that there is no doubt Pakistan has been facing scourge of terrorism.
"I am of the view the elections should be held in time despite all odds because democracy can only be strengthened and flourished on the basis of votes," the Minister said.
Rehman Malik said the current government of Pakistan People's Party (PPP) inherited bad governance, terrorism and weak economy but through its wise policies it managed to control the things during last five years.
He said the security situation has been improved, economy is on right track and assured that the government would try its best to leave better atmosphere.
Regarding security threats to Islamabad and Peshawar from Taliban, he said provincial government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has been informed and hoped that they have taken security measures. He said the security agencies have timely taken measures in federal capital.