New Delhi: A day-long visit by the Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari on Sunday has cleared the routes to normalize Indo-Pakistan visa regimes. Citing the deliberation made between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Zardari, Indian Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai said that the final decision on liberalising visa norms will be taken in a proposed meeting of the home secretaries of the two nations.

Pakistan President Zardari, who arrived here on Sunday to pay obeisance at the Sufi shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti in Ajmer, had said that he had a constructive and fruitful meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

The 40-minute one-to-one meeting between the two leaders covered a wide gamut of bilateral, regional and global issues. While briefing the media, Singh and Zardari termed their talks as "constructive" and "fruitful" where they agreed to continue help with step-by-step approach in addressing issues like Kashmir, Siachin and Sir Creek among others.

The Joint Working Committee of both India and Pakistan in their reports has prepared the list of amendments in the visa rules. Under this, the two nations have given their consensus on giving multiple visas to the industrialists of their respective countries.

Owing to stringent visa norms the citizens of both the countries especially the traders and industrialists faced difficulties in expanding trade and commerce. It was due to this reason the proposal to ease the visa norms were on demand since a long time.

Last year, in a meeting of home secretaries, which was postponed, the India, Pakistan officials failed to give final shape to the visa norms. With Zardari's visit to India on Sunday, the roadblocks in this direction have seemed to be cleared as both the leaders have given their approval for a home secretariat level meeting to have final conformation on new visa rules.

Besides, Pakistan has assured to take cognizance of the problems faced by the traders of the two nations on a priority basis. In this direction, Pakistan has ready to grant the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status to India.During their meeting, Dr Singh offered help to Zardari in tracing out those soldiers who had gone missing in an avalanche on the 'world's highest battlefield'. To this, Zardari said, after returning to Pakistan, he will take a stock of the situation and if need be, he will seek assistance from India also.