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Pakistan ends visa abolition accord with Kuwait

ISLAMABAD: Interior minister of Pakistan, Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan Friday announced to suspend visa abolition agreement with Kuwait government, following the difficulties faced by Pakistan officials and diplomats during their travel.

The minister was quoted by APP this afternoon as saying, “Despite the accord with Kuwait, Pakistani government officials holding Blue and Diplomatic passports were still required to get visa for travelling to Kuwait which was against spirit of the agreement.”

The agreement of waiver of visa requirements for holders of diplomatic, special and official passports was signed between both countries in November 2013 and was implemented in August 2014.

“Such visa regimes and agreements are meant to ease travelling of the government officials and diplomats, however, an agreement cannot last which is not reciprocated and mutually beneficial,” remarked the minister.

The matter came into discuss on official level when the issue was discussed in Pakistan’s upper-house, The Senate.

A senator pointed out that despite signing a visa abolition agreement with Kuwait; Pakistani officials were still required to gain a Kuwaiti visa before travelling to Kuwait.

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