The historical relationship between India and Pakistan is fraught with tensions. Today, the two countries formally accepted and enacted a new visa agreement affecting travel between the Member States:
Pakistan and India signed a new visa agreement on Saturday, easing restrictions for travelers in a move seen as a tentative step between the rival South Asian countries to normalize their troubled relations.
The agreement, which will make travel between the countries easier for businessmen, tourists and others, was signed by S. M. Krishna, the Indian minister for external affairs, and Rehman Malik, the Pakistani interior minister, in Islamabad….Pakistan’s foreign minister, Hina Rabbani Khar, speaking of the new visa agreement, said, “I am calling it the first step in normalization of relations with our neighbor.”
And yet, a statement from the Pakistani Prime Minster reflects a relationship affected perhaps more by necessity rather than solely neighborly agreement:
“We must learn from the past,” Mr. Ashraf said Friday during his meeting with Mr. Krishna. “We cannot change our neighbors.”