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Foreigners visit Pir Chinasi after government removes NOC requirement

April 8, 2019
 
The restriction was lifted on March 26



After the requirement of an NOC was removed for foreigners visiting Pakistan, the number of tourists visiting Muzaffarabad and Azad Jammu Kashmir has increased.

Two female tourists were welcomed with flowers and bouquets on Sunday at Pir Chinasi, a famous tourist resort located some 30 km towards the east of Muzaffarabad.

Hong Kong’s Marsha Jan and France’s Amel Lamloum arrived in Muzaffarabad on Saturday and made it to the snowcapped Pir Chinasi, which was crowded by a large number of local tourists as well.

The tourists were shocked to see frozen snow at Pir Chinasi.

Related: Pakistan to grant e-visa facility to tourists from 175 countries, says Fawad Chaudhry

Foreign tourists in Azad Jammu and Kashmir had been a rare sight for a long time. However, after the government recently relaxed the visa policy for several countries and lifted restrictions on foreigners’ travel to AJK, the region is gradually receiving visitors from abroad.

Fawad Chaudhry announced on March 26 that areas of Pakistan that earlier required foreigners to obtain a no-objection certificate are now no longer restricted.

On January 26, Pakistan updated its visa policy and the government granted visas on arrival to people from 50 countries.

“The government has opened Pakistan to boost tourism in the country,” Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said. Pakistan is a paradise for tourists, he told the media during a briefing in Islamabad. However, he said after 1965 tourism in the country dwindled.

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