Pakistan announces visa on arrival for Saudi citizens

Pakistan’s Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain on March 29, said that Pakistan would support Saudi Arabia in promoting of culture and has already offered services of Pakistani artists, calligraphers, actors and film directors for enhancing its cultural activities.

Fawad also said the condition for visa and fees for Saudi citizens has been abolished and now they could get visa at the airport and that this would help promote tourism in Pakistan.

Tourism from Arab countries would be important in boosting the economy of Pakistan, he said, adding that the Pakistani embassy in Riyadh was performing its role and would implement the visa policy which would bring more Saudi citizens to Pakistan, increasing people-to-people contacts. He said that Pakistan had established contacts with the Arab world, right after independence and Saudi Arabia was among those few countries which recognized Pakistan immediately and the ties were established in 1951.

The ties became strong during the period of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and now Imran Khan has taken the relations further, he added. The minister said that it was in 1971, that Pakistan was the third biggest film maker in the world, however unfortunately in 2005 not a single film was made, adding, “Now we are reviving the cinema and presently we have 187 film screens but these are not enough.”

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