New Delhi, 04 Sep 2004
Indian and Pakistani foreign ministers will meet in New Delhi for two days
from September 05. In the past we had several times advocated that there
could be some peace and cooperation between the two sides, only when there
is a meeting of minds of the Corps Commanders of Pakistan and the Indian
military and establishment and when
they visit India.
are likely to discuss among other things a list of proposals from New
Delhi reported in the media covering the entire gamut of bilateral
relations. Each one of them makes eminent sense and the hand of India’s
NSA and Security Adviser to
the Prime Minister seems to be the driving force as both have great
experience in matters of State and where vested interests lie. The
proposals not only aim to improve people to people contact but also focus
closely on commercial and economic cooperation between India and Pakistan.
Pakistan has only hesitatingly responded to most of them till now, saying
they are "studying" these proposals. The media is looking
forward to the meetings.
is a list of these proposals:
Agreement on Peace and Tranquillity along the LoC.
new communication links between the navy at the level of assistant
chief of the naval staff (Ops), and air force at the level of
assistant chief of the air staff (Ops); Reactivation/re-establishment
of communication links at Division/Corps Commander level at Karu (Leh)
and Kargil - Gilgit, Baramulla and Kupwara-Muree, Rajouri-Jhelum,
Srinagar and Nagrota-Rawalpindi, and Jammu-Sialkot.
of the agreement already reached on June 20, 2004, to upgrade,
dedicate and secure the communication links between the DGMOs
(Directors General of Military Operations) and setting up of a hotline
between the two foreign secretaries.
of a MOU on establishing communication links between Indian Coast
Guards and Pakistan Maritime Security Agency.
links and exchange of visits between the armed forces through:
exchange of visits by naval ships; seminars between academic and
research institutions dealing with strategic and defence related
issues, like Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses (India) and IIS
(Pakistan); exchanges/lectures/seminars between defence training
establishments like National Defence Colleges; friendly tournaments
(squash/tennis/golf/yacthing etc) and joint adventure activities
(sailing yachts/hand gliding/mountaineering, etc) between the two
militaries; exchange of military bands.
DGMOs of the two countries could meet periodically, which could be
followed by an annual meeting between two VCOAS.
restoration of strength of the two high commissions to the original
level of 110.
re-establishment of the consulates general in Karachi and Mumbai as
early as possible.
of both sides to release all apprehended fishermen in each other's
of the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad bus route through early technical
of the Jammu-Sialkot route.
for permitting border/cross Line of Control (LoC) trade at selected
for allowing interaction at some selected points between people on
both sides of the LoC.
for permitting pilgrimage on both sides, including to Sikh and Hindu
temples and Muslim shrines such as the Sharda Temple, Pir Chinnasi and
Gurudwara Chatti Patshashi, either by including these in the existing
protocol on Visits to Religions Shrines of 1974 or through some other
cultural interaction and cooperation. Work for joint promotion of
tourism in the area.
cooperation on issues such as management of environment, forestry
ON PROMOTION OF FRIENDLY EXCHANGES IN VARIOUS FIELDS
of artists, writers, poets, musicians, painters and sculptors-
to artists from Pakistan to participate in 11th Triennale-India
exhibition being organised by Lalit Kala Akademi in January-February
to painters from Pakistan for the International Painters Camp from
SAARC Nations being organised by Lalit Kala Akademi in February-March
2005 at Hyderabad. Pakistan can consider sending two of its reputed
painters to this camp.
visa regime for performing artists, film personalities.
of theatre groups. Invitation to theatre groups from Pakistan to
participate in 7th Bharat Rang Mahotsav being organised by the
National School of Drama on January 5-20, 2005.
of exhibitions - paintings, sculpture, photographic, handicrafts,
of publications, recorded music, slides etc.
between National museums of the two countries in mutually agreed
in book fairs/exhibition in each other's country. Interested
publishers/book sellers from Pakistan could participate in Delhi Book
Fair to be held in August 2004.
joint seminars in the field of elementary education.
of interaction between India's University Grants Commission (UGC) and
Higher Education Commision of Pakistan.
a joint workshop in the field of medicinal and aromatic plants.
and exchange between institutions of excellence on reciprocal basis.
of youth delegations. A delegation of young persons from Pakistan
could participate in the National Youth Festival to be held in January
sides to exchange sports persons, team and coaches.
to remove ban on Indian TV channel in Pakistan. There is no ban on
Pakistani TV channels in India.
to remove ban on Indian newspapers and periodicals.
of film festivals.
up Joint Working Group to tackle the issue of piracy of India films
and music in Pakistan.
seminars between groups of journalists in areas of mutual interest,
with involvement of the Indian Institute of Mass Communication.
Transport Corporation (DTC) and Pakistan Tourism Development
Corporation (PTDC) could start group tours to specific places of
special 14-day visa for tourists to be introduced.
between Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) and their Pakistani
Election Commissioner of Pakistan could visit India and the invitation
of the Election Commissioner of India to share each other's
consonance with the decision reached at the foreign secretary level
talks on June 27-28, 2004, in New Delhi, both sides to exchange lists
of civilian prisoners in each other's custody and initiate steps to
release them at an early date.
the 1982 Protocol of Consular Access in order to increase the number
of jails for providing consular access.
order to implement the agreement as reached in the Joint Statement of
June 28, 2004, both sides to release all apprehended fisherman along
with their boats in each other's custody.
requested to make another effort to trace and release the 54 Indian
Prisoners of War in Pakistan custody.
visa liberalising measures could be considered on reciprocal basis:
- Grant of one year multiple-entry visas to bona fide businessmen who are recommended by recognised apex chambers of commerce, and different port of entry and exit to be allowed.
- Grant of exempt from police reporting (EPR) visas as far as possible to journalists, artists, students, scholars, businessmen recommended by the recognised apex champers of commerce, person working with multinational companies, senior citizens (65 years and above) and children (up to the age of 12 years).
- Grant of visas to eligible reputed artistes with the permission to give commercial performances.
- Introduction of a provision for "Student Visa" on a case-to-case basis.
- Introduction of a provision for "Conference Visa".
- Facility for people to come on "study tours" to India. This would be in groups.
- Facility of travel to India by groups from Pakistan for tourism purpose.
- Both sides to hold visa camps in cities other than the capital.
The existing protocol of 1974 be amended to include more
shrines in both countries. These could include:
Samadhi of Baba Bhuman Shah (Okara); Dev Samaj Temple (Lahore); Hazrat Bari Imam (Islamabad); Nirankari shrine (Islamabad); Sheetala Mata Mandir (Lahore); Sadhu bela (Khanpur) and Mirpur Mathelo (Sukkur); Hazrat Data Gunj Baksh (Lahore); Prahaladpuri Temple (Multan); Pir Giarwienwala shrine (Multan); Sakhi Sarwar Shrine (DG Khan); Parnami shrines (Sahiwal); Mata Hingla's Shrine
In India: Shadani Darbar (Raipur, Madhya Pradesh); Boo-Ali Shah Qalander (Panipat); Hazrat Ahmed Shah (Lucknow); Hazrat Imam Nasiruddin (Sonepat);
The size of the pilgrim group could also be increased from - 3000 to 5000 on the occasions on Baisakhi and birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev; 1000 to 2000 on the occasion of martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev; 500 to 1000 on the occasion of barsi of Maharaja Ranjit Singh.
TO PROMOTE COMMERCIAL AND ECONOMIC COOPERATION BETWEEN INDIA AND PAKISTAN
continues to extend Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status to Pakistan.
Pakistan should reciprocate by granting MFN Status to India.
of transit to each other's goods on reciprocal basis.
sides could consider opening of Attari-Wagah land route for trade.
of investment in joint ventures in identified sectors.
in trade fairs/exhibition.
measures to tackle rampant piracy of Indian music and films in
down/extension of optical fibre cable from Attari to Lahore.
counterpart arrangement between the mobile operators on the two sides.
of Indian companies in telecom projects in Pakistan.
multiple airlines for operations of the scheduled services on a
the designated carriers of Pakistan seeking to have air connectivity
with India, seven flights a week to one international airport and than
seven more flights to a second international airport, on a reciprocal
to the 1974 Protocol on Resumption of Shipping Services between India
and Pakistan; Deleting article 3 thereby allowing third country flag
ships/vessels to lift India/Pakistan bound cargo; Deleting article 5
thereby allowing flag carriers of both countries to lift cargo for
third country from each other's ports.
of petroleum products, including diesel, from India to Pakistan and
possibility of extending diesel pipeline to Pakistan.
of experience and exploitation of commercial opportunities in the CNG
of Indian companies in exploration and production activities in
Pakistan, both on shore and off shore.
of customs procedures and valuation, and standardisation and quality
between SEBI and Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan.
in the field of information technology, especially IT enabled
services, e-commerce, e-governance, IT education, manpower training,
holding joint seminars/workshops, IT and electronics hardware, etc.
SALMAIL between India and Pakistan.
out a joint commemorative stamp.
of philatelic exhibitions.
the possibility of opening branches of the nationalised banks in each
other's country on a reciprocal basis.
in post-harvest technologies, including exchange of information and
experts on development of processing units/scientific research,
production, marketing and exports.
of information and experience in the field of planning, construction,
operation and maintenance of projects in the water resources sector.