Islamabad: India has taken several steps to
facilitate people from across Pakistan in applying for visas,
including the submission of applications through a courier
service, Indian High Commissioner Sharat Sabharwal has said.
These steps were intended to help people who previously
had to travel to Islamabad to apply for a visa, Sabharwal said
during an interaction with reporters after visiting the Bhutto
family mausoleum at Garhi Khuda Bux in southern Sindh province
Asked by reporters about the reopening of the Indian
Consulate in Karachi, Sabharwal said this was one of the
issues discussed by India and Pakistan after the resumption of
their peace talks last year.
Even as talks on the issue were continuing, Indian
authorities had taken steps to address the problems of people
from areas like Sindh who want to apply for visas, the envoy
After the Indian Consulate in Karachi was closed in 1994,
people from far-flung areas had complained about the problems
they faced in travelling to Islamabad to personally apply for
At the Bhutto family mausoleum, Sabharwal visited the
graves of slain former premier Benazir Bhutto, her father and
former President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, his wife Nusrat Bhutto
and laid wreaths.
He observed silence for a few minutes as a mark of