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Online visa policy to promote tourism, business, hotel industries: Experts

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Online visa policy to promote tourism, business, hotel industries: Experts

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.

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High treason case: Court seeks assistance in recording Musharraf’s statement through video link

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ISLAMABAD: The special court constituted to hear the high treason case against former president General (retired) Pervez Musharraf sought assistance to record his statement through video link or a commission.

A three-member bench, headed by Justice Syeda Tahira Safdar, heard the case on Tuesday. The bench accepted the credentials of Salman Safdar as Musharraf’s counsel. The court directed a questionnaire to be drawn up for Musharraf.

The defense counsel opposed recording the former military ruler’s statement through video link or a commission. “Pervez Musharraf is ailing. His statement can’t be recorded in his absence here through video link,” counsel Salman maintained. “His presence is mandatory.”

He also said the statements of eight witnesses were recorded in his absence. But, the court rejected the point and said the statements were recorded in his presence.

The prosecution’s counsel, however, said the former president doesn’t want to record his statement. “The course of law can’t be hindered. Hence, the court should proceed with the trial of the high treason case,” he said.

The court adjourned the hearing till March 28. It wants to determine whether or not Musharraf can record his statement via video link within the parameters set by the law.

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Pakistan and India to hold talks over Kartarpur corridor

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LAHORE: Delegations of Pakistan and India will meet to discuss the technicalities of building the Kartarpur corridor for the facilitation of the Sikh pilgrims.

The second meeting between the teams will be held at Kartarpur Zero Line today (Tuesday). India has even given GPS coordinates for Zero Point.

An 18-member Foreign Office team, headed by Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal, went to India for talks on the details of the Kartarpur Corridor on March 14. Both sides held expert-level discussions between technical experts on the alignment and other details of the corridor, he said. The meeting between Pakistan and India on the opening of the Kartarpur Corridor was very positive and both sides have agreed to work towards opening the corridor soon.

Speaking at the Wagah Border after returning from India, Dr Faisal said that they have “agreed to work towards expeditiously operationalizing the Kartarpur Corridor”.

The corridor is meant to provide Sikh pilgrims access to the Sri Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara. The visa-free corridor is between the gurdwara in Pakistan and the Indian town of Dera Baba Nanak, which is around six kilometres away.

The corridor is expected to be opened this year, ahead of the celebrations for Guru Baba Nanak’s 550th birth anniversary.

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Asif Ali Zardari and Faryal Talpur get 10-day protective bail in fake accounts case

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KARACHI: The Sindh High Court granted on Tuesday former president Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur 10-day protective bail in the mega money laundering case. 

They have been ordered to submit Rs1 million each as surety bonds. The PPP leaders appeared in court on Tuesday.

They said that the FIA didn’t name them in the case.

Asif Zardari and Faryal Talpur said that they want to appear in accountability court but fear arrest.

They had asked for a stay order on the Supreme Court’s decision to shift the case to Islamabad. The court said that it will make a decision on that after hearing NAB’s stance.

The PPP co-chairperson was also granted 10-day protective bail in the Park Lane Estate Company.

The Supreme Court had formed an investigation team to probe the fake accounts case. The team submitted a report in which it named 172 people, including former president Asif Ali Zardari, his sister MNA Faryal Talpur and son Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah, Sindh Excise Minister Mukesh Kumar Chawla, former Sindh chief minister Qaim Ali Shah, former Sindh home minister Sohail Anwar Siyal, Sindh Energy Minister Imtiaz Sheikh and Ali Nawaz Mehar, a former minister of state for industries.

On January 7, the Supreme Court sent the fake accounts case to NAB and told it to wrap up the investigation in two months. The court had earlier said that the references should be filed in Rawalpindi, not Karachi.

The matter was taken up by the court over the delay in a 2015 Federal Investigation Agency probe into money laundering via fake bank accounts.

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