ISLAMABAD: In order to attract investment and promote tourism, PM Imran Khan has launched the online visa facility for 175 countries here today.
Speaking on the occasion PM maintained that issuing of online visa would open the country to the outside world for business and tourism. He said that mindset apropos allowing foreigners into the country needed to be changed in order to portray a positive image of Pakistan to the world. He pointed out that scenic region of Gilgit Baltistan was twice the size of Switzerland and there were still many unexplored regions. PM further observed that due to topography the country harbored unique skiing resorts. He said that a task force on tourism would make sure that proper facilities were provided to the tourists.
Focusing on religious tourism PM said that was another major area and could attract tourists due to its relics sacred to Buddhism, Sikhism, Hinduism, and Sufism. He noted that Peshawar was the oldest living city in human history and a historical part in the city developed with German cooperation would be opened for tourists soon. He said that work was also in progress in order to promote tourism on the unexplored coastal belt. PM said that foreign missions would be activated to play duet role in promoting tourism.
Earlier, FM noted the launching of an online visa facility was a major step. Minister of State for Interior said multiple visas to nationals of 96 countries would be granted within 24 hours of applying. He said citizens of 175 countries could apply for an online visa while people from fifty countries would be granted visa on arrival. He said initially citizens of five countries (i.e. UK, Turkey, Malaysia, UAE, and China) would be granted online visas. He said foreign nationals of Indian origin would also be allowed to avail the facility of visa on arrival for religious tourism. Visa fee has also been reduced (22 to 65%). Nationals of many countries including UAE, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Bahrain would be granted multiple-entry visas.
Pakistan seeks greater partnership with WB: PM
ISLAMABAD: Imran Khan has told WB that Pakistan looked forward to greater partnership with World Bank (WB) in critical areas including eco-tourism, mountain, and religious tourism.
Talking to a delegation of World Bank headed by Vice President South Asia Hartwig Schafer in Islamabad today Imran Khan said that these sectors which have a huge potential towards the uplift of the poor and poverty alleviation. He highlighted various steps being taken by the government towards economic stability, poverty alleviation and improving ease of doing business in the country. The delegation comprised of Vice President Human Development Annete Dixon, Country Director Illangovan Patchamuthu, Operations Manager Melinda Good and Senior Country Manager IFC Nadeem Siddiqui. Special Assistant of Prime Minister on Political Affairs Naeem-ul-Haq, Secretary Finance Arif Ahmed Khan and others were also present in the meeting.
The delegation appreciated Prime Minister’s vision on the economic stability of the country, human development and addressing the issue of stunted growth due to malnutrition. It briefed the Prime Minister about various ongoing projects of the World Bank in various sectors including water supply, sewerage and waste management, transportation and connectivity, capacity building and ease of doing business in the country. It also offered WB’s assistance in attracting foreign investments, analytics, sharing of expertise and technical knowledge in various sectors to help the Government translate its vision into reality. Welcoming the offer, the Prime Minister appreciated World Bank’s continued engagement with Pakistan and its support towards capacity building, infrastructure development and economic growth.
District admin gets 50 Kanal state land vacated!
PESHAWAR: District administration vacated 50 Kanal state land during grand anti-encroachment operation in Mera Kachori, a suburban locality here today.
On the directives of the Deputy Commissioner (DC) Peshawar Dr. Imran Hamid Sheikh, the Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Shahid Ali Khan and Assistant Commissioner (AC), Sara Rehman directly monitored the operation and remained present on the occasion.
Town Municipal Officer (TMO) Town-IV, Waheedur Rehman, SHO Chamkani Police Station, Ahmadullah Khan, officials of Rescue 1122 and other department participated in the operation. A heavy contingent of police was deployed to avert any kind of unpleasant incident.
During the operation, the administration demolished over 70 illegal constructions and vacated 50 Kanal state lands. Meanwhile, the Deputy Commissioner (DC), Dr. Imran Hamid Sheikh has said that anti-encroachment operation would continue and similar action against encroachment mafia in other localities will also begin soon.
Tokyo stocks open higher!
TOKYO: Stocks opened here higher today, tracking gains on Wall Street due to optimism over US-China trade talks, with investors closely eyeing the US Federal Reserve’s meeting later this week.
The Nikkei 225 index added 0.65 percent, or 139.64 points, to 21,590.49 in early trade, while the broader Topix index climbed 0.43 percent, or 6.82 points, to 1,609.45.