ISLAMABAD, March 14 (APP): Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday launched the online visa regime at a ceremony in Islamabad to promote tourism and investments into the country.
Addressing the ceremony, the Prime Minister said issuing of online visa is a major step towards bringing real change as it will open the country to the outside world. Imran Khan it also shows that Pakistan is a peaceful and stable country and opens to the world for business and tourism.
He expressed that the mindset regarding the allowing of foreigners into the country needs to be changed in order to portray a positive image of Pakistan to the world.
The Prime Minister stated that the beautiful region of Gilgit Baltistan of Pakistan is twice the size of Switzerland and there are still many unexplored areas in the area. The Prime Minister said a task force on tourism will make sure that proper facilities are provided to the tourists. He said the skiing resorts of Pakistan are unique in the world due to their topography.
The Prime Minister further said that religious tourism is another major area that needs to be explored. He said religious sites of Buddhism, Sikhism, Hinduism and Sufism in the country can attract a large number of visitors from across the world.
Imran Khan said ancient civilizations of the country will be introduced to the world. Imran Khan said Peshawar is the oldest living city in human history and a historical part in the city developed with German cooperation will be opened for tourists soon. He said all the tourist sites and attractions will be properly advertised on a dedicated website.
The Prime Minister also said that work is also in the offing to promote beach tourism in the country by taking advantage of unexplored long coastal belt of Pakistan.
Imran Khan lauded the role of security agencies for their sacrifices to make Pakistan a secure and peaceful country. He expressed optimism that next PSL tournament will be held in Pakistan.
Imran Khan said the foreign missions in Pakistan will be activated to play a vibrant role in promoting tourism of the country in the world. Regarding ties with neighboring countries, he said Pakistan wants good relations will all the regional countries, including India.
Earlier, Minister of Foreign Affairs Shah Mehmood Qureshi said the launching of online visa facility is a major step towards Naya Pakistan. He said the decision made under the chairmanship of Prime Minister is a reflection that Pakistan is opening its doors to the world. The frustration faced by the nation in the past is now coming to an end. He said the government of PTI is fulfilling the wishes of people of Pakistan at economic, defense, foreign and other fronts. He said today’s step is a major initiative towards Naya Pakistan.
He said Pakistan is more peaceful and stable country thanks to sacrifices rendered by armed forces and people of Pakistan.
Under this new online visa policy, multiple visas to nationals of 96 countries will be granted within 24 hours of applying. He said citizens of 175 countries can apply for online visa while people from fifty countries will be granted visa on arrival.
Source: VNS, Islamabad