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    Pak based Hindu, Sikh families want a visa-free zone


    Amritsar, Apr 26 (PTI)[/B] Hindu and Sikh families settled across the border want a visa-free zone between India and Pakistan that would facilitate frequent visits to their near and dear ones here.

    "Hundreds of Hindu and Sikh families, living in Pakistan for more than seven decades, approached me and expressed the desire to visit their relatives frequently in India. But visa problem restrain them all the time," Ramesh Singh, founder chairman of Pakistan Sikh Council, said.

    Singh, who is presently leading a delegation of 150 Hindus and Sikhs, is staying at the guest house of the Golden Temple.

    "Majority of Hindu and Sikh families are settled in Karachi. It is nearly 1,000 kms away from Islamabad where one has to travel for visa. Pilgrim visa fee for India is just Rs 15 but travel expenses from Karachi to Islamabad and hotel stay is highly expensive," he said.
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