India visa: All Pakistanis must have NoC

Published: February 25, 2011
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Every Pakistani who wishes to visit India will have to obtain a No Objection Certificate from the Interior Ministry.

Every Pakistani who wishes to visit India will have to obtain a No Objection Certificate from the Interior Ministry.

ISLAMABAD: Every Pakistani who wishes to visit India will have to obtain a No Objection Certificate (NoC) from the Ministry of Interior, according to an official statement issued here on Thursday.

The decision was taken in an inter-ministerial meeting to regulate visits abroad of public servants, artists and journalists in the interest of Pakistan’s security and to safeguard the country’s prestige.

Federal Minister for Interior Rehman Malik chaired the meeting. The order will be implemented with effect from March 15 this year. In this regard, the government issued the instructions in consultation with the Ministries of Interior, Foreign Affairs, Culture, Education and Information and Broadcasting.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 25th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • ayyo
    Feb 25, 2011 - 12:30PM

    errr what prestige?Recommend

  • Aleena
    Feb 25, 2011 - 3:57PM

    Every Pakistan?!!!! what, do we live a police state??? absurd decision! the government has no right to decide who goes and where.Recommend

  • khan
    Mar 6, 2011 - 12:07PM

    @Aleena:

    because they are the one who are providing you with the PASSport to travel 190 other countries, freely. Introductions of some extra checks for traveling into ONE (unfriendly) country is something you can live with… Recommend

  • Arijit Sharma
    Mar 6, 2011 - 5:25PM

    We in India whole heartedly support this new requirement.Recommend

  • ram
    Mar 6, 2011 - 5:28PM

    When Pakistan government has imposed a NOC, the Indian government has dispensed with home ministry’s clearance for those pakistanis who are regular / frequent visitors to India? What a contrast? Recommend

  • chandran
    Mar 7, 2011 - 9:12AM

    pakisthan is our divided or partioned home and so both side interior
    ministry has to say about the people movement cross the border(pakisthan is not a fully soverin country for indians but we agree with the political border and other things culture,language,history are the same)

    It is welcome move by MalikRecommend

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