PESHAWAR: People of all walk of life including politicians, economists and civil society here Friday highly praised Prime Minister Imran Khan for launching of the country’s innovative online visa system and termed it a significant step forward towards promotion tourism, business and hotel industries in Pakistan.
Nasir Khan Musazai, Member National Assembly (MNA) said that online visa system has reflected strong commitment of the present elected Government towards promotion of tourism, trade, investment and business activities in the country.
He said online visa system will open doors for international tourists, investors, entrepreneurs, mountains and archaeology lovers besides make positive impact on all sphere of life including economy, transport and hotels industry.
The PTI leader said Pakistan was a beautiful country for tourists as second world highest mountain K-2 is existed in its Gilgit Baltistan province besides three world famous mountains ranges including Karakoram, Koh Hindokash and Himalaya.
Pakistan has a number of tourist sites of ancient civilizations such as Ghandara, Buddhism and Mughal era and the new visa policy will help facilitate foreign tourists of about 175 to visit these sites with comfort and ease.
Musazai said online visa policy will help foreign tourists to explore Mohenjo Daro, Takht Bhai, Swat, Harapa, Taxila and others ancient archaeological sites and make a direct impact on Pakistan’s overall business, tourism and economy for benefits of local people.
The PTI leader said tourism was the biggest industry in world and PTI Govt has accorded highest focus to take full advantage of it by identifying new tourists sites in KP.
Nazim Bahadar Khan also appreciated launching of new visa system by the PTI Govt for tourists and termed a mega step forward to make Pakistan a hub of tourism.
He said Pakistan had world’s highest mountains peaks including rich cultural heritage, scenic sights, rich biodiversity & landscape, plenty of sunshine, four seasons, desert, beaches and double size of land in northern areas than Switzerland with matchless beauty and its full utilization will make positive effects specially people of rural areas of Pakistan .
“Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has plenty of tourists’ sites that needed to be explored,” he said and expressed the hope that the new policy will help attract a large number of foreign tourists in the country besides bolstering adventure and mountains tourism in the country.
People of other walk of life including senior economist, Sumbal Riaz, retired information officer Misal Khan, professor Muhammad Naeem and others also welcomed new visa policy of PTI Government and termed it a momentous step forward to make Pakistan a hub of tourism.
Pakistan Post opens its rest houses for general public at cheaper rates
ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Post has opened its rest houses, across the country located at attractive places for the general public and tourists at cheaper rates.
In an interview, spokesperson of Pakistan Post said that to promote tourism in the country and generate more revenue for the department the initiative has been taken on the directions of the Minister for Communications and Postal Services Murad Saeed.
He said that earlier, these rest houses were being used by the officials of Pakistan Post only but now the general public could have access to those places for recreational activities, he added.
He said that the postal rest house has been divided into three categories in the category ‘A’ located in Karachi, Multan, Jhelum, Mianwali, Rawalpindi, Peshawar, Nathia Gali, Hyderabad, Sukkur, Shadman Lahore, Lahore Cantt, Sialkot General Post Office (GPO), Sialkot Cantt, Faislabad GPO and Quetta, tourist would be charged Rs 3,000 per day.
However, for the rest houses fall in the category “B” including rest houses in Attock, Murree GPO, Gujrat, Sargodha, Layyah, Chitral, Abbottabad, Ayubia, Kohat, D I Khan, Mirpurkhas, Sorab, Amri, Taftan, Qallat, Muzzaffarbad, Mirpur, Kotli, Gilgit, Sust and Skardu would be charged Rs 2,200, he added.
Similarly, for rest houses in Pindi Point Murree, Saidu Sharif, Bannu, Ziarat and Sialkot Cantt, which fell in category ‘C’, per day rent of Rs 1,200 has been fixed.
IMF program to ensure sustainable, inclusive growth in Pakistan: IMF
ISLAMABAD: The International Monetary Fund on Friday said that the programme with Pakistan was aimed at improving its public finances, reducing public debt and helping Pakistan get back on the path to a sustainable and more inclusive growth.
“We hope that the programme can also create fiscal space for a substantial increase
in social spending, to strengthen social protection, as well as infrastructure and other human capital development,” Director Communication Department of the IMF, Jerry Rice said in an online press briefing.
Updating the Pakistan’s recent programme with IMF, Rice said there had been major developments recently as Pakistan and the IMF had the agreement of a $6-billion three-year extended Fund facility to support Pakistan’s economic reform efforts.
“So that happened on May the 12th. Just prior to that, Managing Director, Christine Lagarde, had met with Prime Minister Khan”, he added.
PTI Govt to present its first budget on June 11
ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf led government is all set to present its first federal budget for the fiscal year 2019-20 in the parliament on Tuesday.
The finance ministry has been engaged in finalizing the budget and had been directed by the Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs, Dr. Abdul Hafeez Shaikh to timely complete all the budget process before its presentation on the fixed date, sources said.
The budget would have main focus on measures for reducing fiscal deficit and enhancing revenues.
Prior to the presentation of the federal budget, the government would launch the pre-budgetary document Economic Survey of Pakistan (2018-19) on Monday, June 10 to share key economic indicators and the performance of different sectors of economy during the fiscal year 2018-19, sources said.
The survey will cover the development of all the important sectors of economy, including growth and investment, agriculture, manufacturing, mining, fiscal development, money and credit, capital markets, inflation, debt and liabilities.