World Bulletin/News Desk
Pakistan and India will ease tough visa restrictions, their foreign ministers announced on Saturday, in a small step forward in ties between the two countries.
The agreement was the culmination of a visit by Indian Foreign Minister S. M. Krishna to Pakistan as part of a tentative peace process that froze after attack in Mumbai in 2008, killing 166 people.
The new pact offers eight types of visa. Pakistanis visiting India have long grumbled about New Delhi's restrictive visa regime for both tourists and businesses.
Pakistani businessmen are restricted to particular cities, so visitors cannot travel from Delhi to the nearby thriving business hub of Gurgaon without permission.
Businessmen also have to report to an Indian police station in the evenings "like a criminal", Pakistani trade official Zafar Mahmood complained in April.
Indians visiting Pakistan face similar restrictions on moving between cities.
In April, Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari visited India, the first trip by a Pakistani head of state in seven years. Last year Pakistan promised India most-favored nation trading status.
The top court in Bangladesh has upheld the death sentence for top leader Motiur Rahman Nizami.
$4 million ransom demanded for release of 4 Indonesians, after 10 others freed by ISIL-linked militants
Report says government minister asked US embassy to refrain from using term during high-level talks
In Brussels, Abe seeks to strengthen economic relations between Japan and the European Union
US military confirms incident for which Taliban claims responsibility
South Korean government stresses Iran's opposition to nuclear weapons on Korean Peninsula, as Pyongyang reportedly mulls fifth nuclear test
Comments come after Abu Sayyaf beheaded Canadian hostage, released 10 Indonesian sailors
Meters bill patients 50 yuan ($7.70) for transportation for up to 3 kilometers, and 7 yuan for every kilometer thereafter
Homes destroyed in Rakhine's squalid Baw Du Pha camp, inhabited by mostly Rohingya Muslims for almost four years.
Interior minister says 'government of Pakistan and not Donald Trump' will decide the fate of imprisoned doctor who helped track down Osama bin Laden
Doctors Without Borders calls for impartial inquiry into air strike that killed 42
Minister refuses to comment on if employer of 10 sailors freed Sunday contributed to $1 million ransom
Beijing insisting on legal rights of mainland’s judicial bodies over Taiwanese suspects it accuses of telecom fraud
Police confirm release of 10 sailors abducted from boat in March
Political and historic tensions discussed during first bilateral by top Japanese diplomat to Beijing in over 4 years
Umbrella group of insurgents says military gov’t delegation refused to endorse previously agreed upon ‘terms of reference’