ISLAMABAD   -   Iraq has assured to increase the number of visas for Pakistani Zaireen and open all entry points for them. The announcement was made by Iraqi In­terior Minister Othman Ali Farhood Moshir Al-Ghanimi on Sunday during a telephonic conver­sation with Pakistani counterpart Rana Sanaullah which lasted around forty minutes. 

Iraq assured to allow 5000 Pakistani pilgrims stranded on Iran-Iraq border to enter Iraq and to issue special visa to pilgrims wishing to visit Iraq for Chehlam of Hazrat Imam Hussain (R.A)

Minister for Interior Rana Sanaullah had request­ed his Iraqi counterpart to allow five thousand stranded Pakistani Zaireen at Iran border to en­ter Iraq which was agreed by the Iraqi counterpart. Iraqi Interior Minister Othman Ali Farhood Moshir Al-Ghanimi welcomed all suggestions of Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah and assured prompt im­plementation on them. It was also agreed to form a Pakistan-Iraq joint committee for a sustainable solution to other problems including pilgrims.