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Pakistan and India to ease tough restrictions on visas

ISLAMABAD--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 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.

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