Lahore: External Affairs Minister S M Krishna Krishna left here for home on Sunday after concluding his three-day "fruitful" visit to Pakistan during which the two countries made progress on people-to-people contact by inking pacts on a liberalised visa regime and cultural exchanges.

Deliberations between India and Pakistan had spread over two days in Islamabad, with Krishna and Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar reviewing the last round of talks on all bilateral issues, including terrorism, Jammu and Kashmir and Siachen and chalking out the roadmap for future round of discussions. The two ministers also chaired the Joint Commission Meeting.

The two countries signed pacts on a liberalised visa regime and cultural exchanges but there was no headway on New Delhi's concerns on the Mumbai terror attacks case, with Islamabad only assuring that it will bring to book the perpetrators as per its law.

On the final day of his Pakistan trip, Krishna visited this country's cultural hub Lahore, where he met Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Governor Latif Khosa, besides visiting the historic 'Minar-e-Pakistan', and Data Darbar sufi shrine.

Describing his Pakistan visit as "fruitful", Krishna, after reaching here, noted that the two countries had signed several agreements on Saturday.

"Well, all this is going to help foster a much more cordial relationship between our two countries," Krishna said.

"It is my earnest desire and the desire of Dr Manmohan Singh, the Prime Minister of India, and the people of India that we would like to see a stable, peaceful, progressive Pakistan as our neighbour because that will mean quite a bit to the entire region," he said.

(Agencies)

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