NA question hour: Reciprocal business visa policy on cards

Published: April 5, 2014
Investors of 67 nations will get visa on arrival. PHOTO: FILE

Investors of 67 nations will get visa on arrival. PHOTO: FILE


Pakistan is going to revise the visa regime for business persons of 67 countries — which have been previously declared as Business Friendly Countries — who enjoyed the facility of getting business visa on arrival.

This was stated by Parliamentary Secretary for Ministry of Interior Mariam Aurangzaib while responding to a supplementary question in the National Assembly. This policy, applicable since 2006, was aimed at encouraging business-persons to get visa on arrival without facing any difficulty.

She said that the government is working on revising this regime and will evolve policy on reciprocal basis as these 67 countries don’t have the same policy for Pakistani businessmen.

Terrorist attacks

According to a list provided by the interior ministry, there had been a total of 5,573 terrorist attacks carried out in the country between 2010 and 2013. In 2010, there were 1,467 attacks, followed by 1,467 attacks in 2013.

During the period in question, 3,098 terrorist attacks were carried out in Balochistan, making it the most troubled province. It was followed by 1,499 attacks in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, 153 in Sindh, 648 in Fata and 100 attacks in Punjab. According to the records, 8,484 persons have died in these assaults, as the highest number of casualties occurred in 2010.

Children killed

During the last five years, as many as 184 children were killed and 538 injured in the terrorist attacks only in K-P and Giligit-Baltistan.

The interior ministry provided the details on a question tabled by PPP lawmaker Nafeesa Shah. It said that in K-P 182 children were killed in terrorist attacks, whereas, two children were killed in G-B and one in the ICT area.  No child was killed in any terrorist attack in Punjab and Azad Jammu and Kashmir during the last five years.

Foreigners arrested

The ministry of interior also informed the NA that as many as 3,112 foreigners have been arrested during the last one year and of them 2,761 were deported to their countries. Of them, the highest number of 2,481 were Afghan nationals.

NA session adjourned

National Assembly’s session was adjourned to next week, after the question hour, due to lack of quorum. Two-thirds of the members were missing from the lower house because of which the Deputy Speaker adjourned the house until Monday.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 5th, 2014.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Humayun
    Apr 5, 2014 - 10:59AM

    Why not focus on working to move Pakistan a step further up for other countries of the world to issue visa to the Green Passport with fewer obstacles.

    This is a practical issue for expat Pakistanis. My Indian colleagues get mutliple entry visit visas for South East Asian countries with such an ease whereas I continue to struggle and some time face embaressing questions from the agent to fill in the form / requirements.

    Some times it costs in terms of lost opportunity like recently I missed training session in Indnonesia arrange for a selected group of 24 colleagues but I was the only one whose visa would take 1 month +. Similar case with Singapore/ Thailand


  • Syed
    Apr 5, 2014 - 11:45AM

    What about kuwait , they have barred pakistanis since 2011. It is such a shame for pakistanis living in kuwait they cant even bring their spouses. Why our goverment is silent on this matter ?


  • usman786
    Apr 5, 2014 - 2:26PM

    It should not be restricted to businessman. Allow others too. Like in most of African countries, you can get visa on arrival for 3 months $50. That’s why we see Indian products and indians everywhere selling their junk /inferior products


  • rasgullah
    Apr 5, 2014 - 4:58PM

    The only industry doing good in Pakistan is the mullah industry. So why should the world take Pakistan seriously.


  • Tani
    Apr 5, 2014 - 5:19PM

    @usman786 those “junks” u feel, surpass the international standards/standard maintenance if it passed the non tariff barrier import procedures requirements of that country & our goods have reached their markets.Your irrational bigotry won’t change that.
    Anyway it’s better than a country which has no presence at all, did not clear standard procedures/ criteria and find “ours” in their market.
    No idea why people have to crib and drag india into everything. India obsessed!Recommend

  • mrk
    Apr 5, 2014 - 5:41PM

    i shall appreciate government if they do something with those country who are doing with us, we pakistani have very difficult to get visa even south east asia,but indian are easily getting visa on airrval and they are traveling and selling their cheap low quality good
    easily in these countries. our government should work on this so that we pakistan should get visa easily ,also visa on arrival like indian are getting in thailand,hongkong., malayia…etc etc.we want pakistani should respected and welcome in these countries and get visa on arrival also.if our government work on this we shall be very thankful to our government.Recommend

  • Muslim Leaguer
    Apr 5, 2014 - 6:46PM

    Only a popular & strong Government of PMLN, with heavy mandate of 14.9 Million votes, can see eyeball to eyeball and tit-for-tat against the Bullies.


  • Apr 5, 2014 - 7:44PM

    Not a good decision when country have facing so much infiltration of foreign agencies in the country from Balcuhistan to Karachi and Fata it is not wise to give them easy corridors in disguise of business trips.


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