ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has welcomed Britain’s new travel advisory for Pakistan, saying it will help solve the economic problems.
The Prime Minister said in his congratulatory message on Twitter that this revision will boost tourism and investment in Pakistan. He added that country’s current account deficit will be reduced while tourism promotion will create jobs for the youth.
“This is great news as it will address two most important econ issues facing Pak today: employment and our current account deficit, by bringing in tourism & investment which in turn will provide employment opportunities esp for our youth,” he tweeted.
The United Kingdom (UK) on Friday has changed its travel advice for Pakistan to show the improved security situation in the country after wide-range of assessment.
According to British government, today’s 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.
The improved security situation allowed for the return of British Airways to Pakistan in June 2019 and the visit by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in October 2019. Among other changes, the advice now allows for travel by road to the North of Pakistan as well as the Kalesh and Bamboret Valleys.
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.”
In recent years, the security situation in Pakistan has improved considerably following action by the Pakistan government and security forces. In 2018, there were an estimated 484,000 visits by British nationals to Pakistan. There are 22 weekly direct flights to the UK.