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Pakistan approves new visa policy for Afghans

Pakistan approves new visa policy for Afghans

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Sep 30, 2020 - 14:55

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Pakistaninfo-icon on Tuesday approved a new visa policy for Afghan citizens, including students and businessmen, as well as a new healthinfo-icon visa, Prime Minister Imran Khan’s special representative for Afghanistaninfo-icon said.

“Cabinet has approved new Visa Policy for Afghan citizens,” Mohammad Sadiq said in a tweet. “Acquiring visas will be easy for Afghan visitors with multiple entry visit visas and long term business, investment and student visas. A new category of health visa is also introduced which will be issued on border.”

Sadiq said the Pakistan embassy and consulates in Afghanistan would resume issuing visas immediately.

The new visa scheme was announced hours before PM Khan was set to meet Dr Abdullah Abdullah, the chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation of Afghanistan who arrived in Islamabad on Monday on a three-day visit.

Abdullah says Afghanistan and Pakistan are on the threshold of a new relationship characterized by “mutual respect, sincere cooperation, and shared prosperity.”

He said the neighboring countries should shun the suspicion, rhetoric, and conspiracy theories that have dogged relations in the past.

Abdullah met both Prime Minister Imran Khan and Army Chief Gen. Javed Qamar Bajwa. In a statement following his talks with Abdullah, Khan vowed Pakistan's support for a postwar Afghanistan.

Abdullah’s visit comes as intra-Afghan peace negotiations are under way in the Gulf state of Qatar.

ma/pk

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