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Iraqi PM’s decision to waive visa fees for Pakistani pilgrims

In response to a special invitation from his Iraqi counterpart, Abdul Amir Al-Sabri, Pakistan’s Interior Minister, Rana Sanaullah. Undertook a four-day visit to Iraq, aiming to bolster bilateral ties and foster cooperation across various domains.

Strengthening Defense and Countering Terrorism

During the visit, Minister Rana engaged in constructive discussions with Iraq’s Prime Minister (PM). Mohammad Shia al-Sudani, to explore avenues of collaboration between the two nations. Emphasizing the importance of joint efforts in defense and counter-terrorism, the leaders reasserted their commitment to confronting shared challenges.

A Boon for Pilgrims and Investors

A significant outcome of the meeting was the Iraqi PM’s decision to waive visa fees for Pakistani pilgrims visiting Iraq for religious purposes. This move is set to ease travel for Pakistanis undertaking religious journeys to the sacred sites in Iraq.

In another encouraging development, Pakistani investors received good news as they will be granted electronic visa (e-visa) facilities within a week to initiate investment and business ventures in Iraq. This step is expected to enhance economic ties and foster growth opportunities for both countries.

A Humanitarian Gesture: Release of Pakistani Prisoners

The visit also saw Iraq’s PM expressing a strong desire to expedite the release of Pakistani prisoners held in Iraq for minor offenses. Showcasing a humanitarian approach towards resolving legal matters.

Gratitude and Increased Quota for Pilgrims

Minister Rana expressed heartfelt gratitude to Iraq’s Interior Minister for the unwavering support provided to Pakistani pilgrims. As a result of their discussions, the quota for Pakistani pilgrims during the religious event of Arbaeen will be raised to 100,000. Ensuring more pilgrims can participate in the sacred occasion.

Enhanced Flexibility for Pilgrims: Individual Visas Introduced

In addition to the existing group visas, individual visas will now be available for pilgrims. Providing them with greater flexibility in their travel plans to Iraq for religious purposes.

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