Pakistan to set up tourist police on Thai pattern: Ghafoor

Islamabad

Managing Director Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) Ch Abdul Ghafoor Khan has said that soon we will establish tourism police on pattern of Thailand to provide maximum security to the incoming tourists.
He said this in a meeting with Police Colonel Nithithorn Chintakanon, Deputy Commander of Tourist Police Division office during his visit to Thailand where he introduced Pakistani culture.
He briefed the geographical importance of Pakistan for the world and said, ‘Unfortunately, the tourism industry in Pakistan was a neglected sector. However, the present government is committed to promote and develop this foreign exchange earning industry and to showcase Pakistan as a tourist friendly destination.’
He invited the deputy commander to visit Pakistan to assist Pakistan in formulation of the said force and their visit will be hosted by PTDC.
He added that, ‘Tourism is a tool for economical and social development for any country and there is a need to concentrate on religious, sports and cultural values of our society and portray a positive image of Pakistan to the world.’
The MD appreciated the initiatives and policies of Thai Government for promotion and provision of facilities to the tourist, which resulted in a remarkable tourist flow in Thailand.
He added that, ‘Government of Pakistan is considering to simplify the visa procedure so that more tourists may visit Pakistan every year. There are numerous holy places of Buddhism in Pakistan where Thai people can perform their religious rituals and also enjoy Pakistani culture.’
Deputy Commander assured that, ‘Thai Tourist Police will extend maximum support in establishment of Tourist Police force in Pakistan.’ He accepted the invitation of MD PTDC for visit to Pakistan.—NNI

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