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Friday Jan 24 2020
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PM Imran elated as UK relaxes travel guidelines for Pakistan

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PM Imran Khan elated over the UK's decision to relax travel guidelines for Pakistan. PHOTO BY: AFP

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday tweeted that the UK's decision to relax its travel guidelines for Pakistan was "great news", a few hours after Britain recognised that security situation in the country had improved owing to the government's hard work. 

Read moreUK eases travel advisory amid 'improving security situation in Pakistan'

Taking to Twitter, the prime minister spoke about the benefits additional tourists from Britain will provide to the Pakistani economy. 

"This is great news as it will address two most important econ issues facing Pak today: employment & our current account deficit, by bringing in tourism & investment which in turn will provide employment opportunities esp for our youth," he tweeted. 

UK eases travel restriction for Pakistan

In a statement following a "wide-ranging assessment" of Pakistan's security situation, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) said British nationals could now "travel by road to the North of Pakistan as well as the Kalesh and Bamboret Valleys".

In this regard, the British High Commissioner to Pakistan, Dr Christian Turner, said: "It is great credit to the hard work of the Government of Pakistan in delivering improved security over the past five years.

Pakistan seeks help from Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and Turkey to bolster tourism

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi expressed the hope on Friday that Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Malaysia would help Pakistan in promoting tourism, saying that Islamabad was already in talks with the three countries about tourism investment.

"Prime Minister Imran has requested Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to help Pakistan by investing in its tourism," he said. 

FM Qureshi said credit for the change in the UK's travel advisory goes to the entire nation and its armed forces.

"Change in Britain's travel advisory is a major progress," he said. "I have spoken to the British foreign minister and we have also held talks with President Trump about it."