Karachi Chamber welcomes ease in US, UK travel advisory for Pakistan

KARACHI: Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) on Tuesday welcomed the decision of United States and United Kingdom for easing travel advisory for Pakistan.

KCCI president Agha Shahab Ahmed Khan in a statement said that the Karachi Chamber has been widely demanding relaxation in travel advisory and it was really heartening to see that the travel advisories have finally been eased by both these countries which would surely bring the people, particularly the business communities, more close to each other.

“During the visit of every single diplomat throughout year, Chairman Businessmen Group Siraj Teli and all Office Bearers have been vocally urging the world community to ease travel advisories for Pakistan particularly Karachi.

“We are very delighted to see that US and UK have relaxed their travel advisories and hope that more such announcements will be made by other important countries, particularly those from the European region as the security situation in Pakistan is much better now and it is a safe and secure destination for foreign investors and visitors,” he added in a statement issued.

Agha Shahab, while terming it ‘a step in the right direction’, commented that this clearly indicates that the US and UK have realized the improved security situation in Pakistan thanks to the untiring efforts made by Law Enforcing Agencies who struggled really hard to cleanse Pakistan from the menace of terrorism and lawlessness.

“After this positive news, the business and industrial community of Karachi expects improved trade and investment ties with the businessmen and investors from US and UK which was badly needed to deal with the ongoing economic crises being faced by the country,” he said while urging the business communities of the two major economies to come forward and visit Pakistan which offers immense trade and investment opportunities in almost all the sectors of the economy.

He said that foreign investors from US and UK looking forward to invest or undertake joint venture in Pakistan must at least pay one visit to Karachi in order to see the ground realities themselves instead of relying on media reports which are usually exaggerated to create hype.

Karachi is the financial, industrial and commercial hub of Pakistan contributing more than 70 percent revenue to the national exchequer.

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