External Affairs Minister S M Krishna and his Pakistani counterpart Hina Rabbani Khar told a joint press conference after their talks here that they had agreed to adopt a forward-looking approach in normalising their ties while recognising the need to "expeditiously" bring perpetrators of the 2008 Mumbai attacks to justice.
However, Islamabad did not go beyond its stated position of bringing to book those involved in the Mumbai attacks in accordance with due process of law.
India, on its part, was non-committal on Prime minister Manmohan Singh's visit to this country with Krishna refusing to give a firm commitment on this, saying that the atmosphere has to be "ripe" and something "worthwhile" should come out from such a trip.
He made it clear that Singh was "not shying away" from visiting Pakistan and had never put conditions for this.
"Prime Minister has never put conditions for his visit to Pakistan. I think, the visit will take at an appropriate time when the atmosphere is ripe, when he feels that something worthwhile will come out of visit," Krishna said.
The visa agreement has five new categories, including multiple city one-year visas for businessmen, visa-on-arrival for people aged 65 years and group tourist visas for groups of 10 to 50 people coming through registered tour operaters.
The cultural bodies of the two countries – Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR) and its Pakistani counterpart body (PNCS) -- also inked an agreement to augment cultural exchanges between the two sides.
Meanwhile, Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari announced the immediate release of all Indian fishermen, including those who have not completed their prison terms, describing it as a "goodwill gesture" to mark Krishna's visit.
Krishna and Khar reviewed the last round of talks on all bilateral issues, including, terrorism, Jammu and Kashmir and Siachen and chalked out the roadmap for future round of discussions. The two ministers also chaired the Joint Commission Meeting.
After the talks, Krishna drove to Interior Ministry to ink the new visa pact with Rehman Malik, who termed the signing of the pact as "positive development" and "gesture of friendship" from Pakistan.
At the joint press interaction, Khar, who spoke first, made no reference to terrorism in her over 15-minute opening statement but Krishna said both sides agreed that terror continues to pose a threat to peace and security.
In this regard, he said, Pakistan has reiterated its commitment to bring 26/11 perpetrators to justice expeditiously as per the Pakistani law.
Responding to a repeated question on the timing of keenly-awaited visit of Singh, Krishna said, "I am hopeful that the visit will take place" but when it will happen he cannot commit.
Really the new visa agreement is a positive vision towards Positive Peace Talks ,The Younger Generation of both the countries demand a healthy and peaceful atmosphere of friendship between both the countries India and Pakistan . The new Visa agreement is really a bonanza for those Aged persons who still have old memories of the past and want to visit vice versa Pakistan and India . The multiple visa and group tourist visa is a new challenge for both the countries to come closer to each other . Really a positive approach and a positive point of view .
Allowing the liberalisation of the visa is fine, but issuing pilgrim visas again is a very dangerous thing though there are restrictions imposed. Heena Rabbani spoke today as if she and Prez Zardari were doing a favour to our nation. Very subtly she made India look guilty in every aspect and everyone just listened.
All this is drama. Zardari wants to sell pakistan( assets). Soon India will invest, provide loans,making Pakistan dependent on India for water/power. Even Pak generals will join the party. Pak and Afghans should get ready to be subsidiaries of India(US/Israel axis). By 2050, India and US will capture oilfields of middle east and put Arabs in reservation. Google US army map for middle east for US/India/Israel long term strategy