Pant Mirza Agreement 1955

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This agreement concerns measures to be taken to prevent border incidents in Punjab. It also refers to the 1953 agreement on the protection of places of worship and the provisions for the creation of a joint commission to develop the modalities of its implementation. The agreement reached in New Delhi will be signed on 17 May 1955 to prevent border incidents and protect places of worship (a) if the government protects and preserves non-Muslim sanctuaries in Pakistan and Muslim sanctuaries in India, in accordance with the provisions of the 1955 Pant Mirza Convention; (b) if so, the details and number of religious sites retained over the past three years and the current year; (c) if the government proposes to introduce legislation on this issue; and (d) if so, when will it likely be brought? At the meeting that concluded the agreement, the two ministers agreed that pilgrims visiting shrines and holy sites in the other country should be made available, either as isolated pilgrims or as part of pilgrimage, all facilities and aid. In accordance with the Indo-Pakistani Agreement of 9 April 1955 on the liberalisation of travel facilities between the two countries, the two governments developed a revised system of passports and visas. The programme should be provided for the free and liberal grant of travel facilities to pilgrims. Minutes of the meeting in New Delhi, Sunday, May 15, 1955, at 3 p.m. The following were present: INDIA 1. Shri Govind Ballabh Pant, Minister of the Interior. 2. Shri C.C.Desai, High Commissioner for India in Pakistan. 3. Shri A. V.

Pai, Secretary of the Ministry of the Interior. 4. Shri S. Dutt, Commonwealth Secretary. 5. Shri V.C. Trivedi, Director, Pakistan Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. PAKISTAN 1. Major General Iskand Mirza. 2. His Excellency Raj Ghazanfar Ali Khan, High Commissioner for Pakistan in India. (1) Prevention of border incidents: it was agreed to take all possible measures to prevent border incidents.

A joint committee made up of representatives of the governments of India and Pakistan, assisted by representatives of the governments of the two Punjabs, should develop a plan of measures to prevent the recurrence of such incidents. The Committee should submit a report for ministerial review without delay. (2) Shrines and Holy Places: Ministers referred to the agreement reached between the two governments on this issue in July-August 1953 and decided that a joint committee of representatives of the two governments would be formed to establish the modalities for the implementation of the provisions of this agreement. In particular, the Committee should draw up a list of important sanctuaries in western Pakistan and selected areas in India, whose protection and conservation should be the special responsibility of the government concerned.

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