ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has termed the announcement by United Kingdom to revise its travel advisory for Pakistan as a great news.
“It will address two most important economic issues facing Pakistan today: employment and our current account deficit, by bringing in tourism and investment which in turn will provide employment opportunities especially for our youth,” he said in a tweet.
The UK has changed its travel advice for Pakistan to reflect the improved security situation in the country.
The announcement is the result of a comprehensive review of UK travel advice for Pakistan, based on a wide-ranging assessment of the country’s security situation. This is the first major update in the travel advice since 2015, read the statement issued by the British High Commission in Pakistan.
Dr Christian Turner, British High Commissioner to Pakistan, said, “Following my arrival in December 2019, I made this review of the travel advice a priority. It is great credit to the hard work of the government of Pakistan in delivering improved security over the past five years. I am delighted that British nationals will be able to see more of what Pakistan has to offer.”
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Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Pakistan was a land of peace and progress with incredible natural beauty, warmth and hospitality.
In a tweet, he said change in UK government’s travel advisory to Pakistan was encouraging. He expressed the hope that this would further strengthen Pak-UK relations.
Special Advisor to PM for Information and Broadcasting Firdous Ashiq Awan said Pakistan welcomed the positive change in the travel advisory by the United Kingdom.
She said the decision was extremely heartening. She said the image of Pakistan was getting changed in the foreign world under the dynamic leadership of PM Imran Khan.
Firdous Ashiq Awan termed this change in the travel advisory as a symbol of peaceful, bright and safe Pakistan. “Pakistan is being recognized as a beautiful and attractive destination for tourism around the world,” she said.
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development Syed Zulfikar Bukhari also expressed great joy on the new travel advisory issued by Britain for Pakistan.
Bukhari thanked the British High Commissioner to Pakistan and the United Kingdom authorities for greenlighting the initiative.