Ch. Muhammad Barjees Tahir Takes The Case Of Promotion Of Tourism As A National Cause

March 24, 2014

Strict visa policy, bad law and order situation, 18th amendment and lack of national tourism policy are the main hindrances in promotion of tourism in Pakistan. Far more samaller countries than Pakistan with a little tourism products to sell are far ahead of Pakistan in this field. This was informed by Pakistan Association of Tour Operators to Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltisan in a meeting held in Ministry of Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan. Federal Secretary, Shahidullah Baig and Ajmal Gondal, Joint Secretary Gilgit-Baltistan Council were also present in the meeting to assist Federal Minister. Representatives of PATO informed the Minister about the problems faced by the foreign tourists in order to visit Pakistan.

Federal Minister Said that with the improvement in law and order situation in the countries visa problems will automatically be settled. “We hope for the better out of worst law and order situation and are not disappointed. Former dictator plunged us into war of others which cost us more than $90 Billion and loss of more than 50,000 precious lives. Still we are committed to our resolve of improving the lot of the country. This is why Chinese are set to invest $32 Billion in Pakistan”, He Said.

Representatives of Association pointed out hiccups faced by tourism policy in Pakistan and urged the Federal Minister, owing to his deep interest in this subject, to take up the cause of tourism before Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif. Ch Barjees Tahir Participated in world’s largest Travel Trade Show ITB in Berlin this Month as Minister In-charge of GB Council in order to promote tourism in Gilgit-Baltistan. Owning to poor representation and low level of enthusiasm from Pakistani side, he decided to take up this issue as a national cause. This meeting was conducted in order to promote tourism industry in Pakistan as per promise of the Minister which he made in Belin.

A Committee comprising representatives of Tour Operators, under the chairmanship of Muhammad Ajmal Gondal, was constituted in this meeting which would come up with suggestions to attract more tourists in the country. Ch Barjees Tahir also tasked the committee to suggest actions in advance to make Pakistan’s participation more effective in ITB next year. He also asked to conduct more such meetings to brainstorm for the betterment of the industry