Pakistan to relax Visa policy for Afghan national

By Our Staff Reporter

Pakistan will announce a relaxed-visa policy for Afghan nationals particularly students, businessmen, investors, and patients, a top official said.

Pakistan’s ambassador-designate to Afghanistan Mansoor Ahmad Khan said on Sunday that the new policy is aimed at facilitating a large number of people in Afghanistan who wanted to visit the country for business, study, and medical treatment, reports The Express Tribune.

“The government of Pakistan is committed to ensure more facilities to Afghan nationals. The main focus is on easing the visa system and facilitating businessmen, student and youth” he said.

A Pakistani official, who was involved in drafting the new visa policy for Afghanistan, said that proposals have been finalized and sent to the federal cabinet for approval.

He added that long-term multiple visas will be issued to students, businessmen, investors and visitors.

Besides, medical visas to patients will be issued on arrival at Torkham, the major border crossing between the two countries.

Mansoor called on President Arif Alvi, Prime Minister Imran Khan, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and other officials before his departure to discuss his responsibility in Afghanistan, where he had previously served as deputy ambassador.

“There is also a proposal to end the monthly mandatory exit and re-entry for Afghans, who will have long-term visas,” he said.

Pakistani embassy and consulates in Afghanistan used to issue over 2,000 visas daily before the Covid-19 pandemic which affected both countries, according to embassy officials.

Pakistan’s visa rejection percentage for Afghans is zero, he added. It may mentioned that the Pakistani embassy has resumed visa service for Afghan students and to those who travel by air as the main Torkham border points are still closed. Both countries do not charge for visas under a bilateral arrangement.

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