Representational Image – An Indian visa first2board
As per a report, the decline in grant of visas to Pakistani nationals was witnessed from January to May this year.
The issue was also raised by Indian high commissioner to Pakistan, Gautam Bambawale during his recent meeting with union home secretary Rajiv Mehrishi at New Delhi.
Bambawale said, “I would be grateful if reasons for the drastic increase in rejected visa can be ascertained and conveyed to me. If there is no plausible reason for drastic visa reductions please do help in ensuring that the proportion of rejected visas is retained.”
BSF personnel at Wagah Border adventuresofagoodman
In contrast, visas in 2014 were more than 39,000 out of 47,000 applications from January to May.
According to government officials, grant of visa to a Pakistani national takes several months because of lengthy process of verification and cross verification.
Wagah Border dailypakistan
However, recently, to expedite the visa process for Pakistani citizens Indian officials discussed upgrading the facilities at Wagah-Attari checkpoint to clear the backlog.