Breaking News

Asia Today ISSN 1861-4604 Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Headline

Chinese visas are becoming difficult to get: Pak business community

China Pakistan relation

Share on Facebook September 2, 2017, Reporter : BNN, Reader : 649

news

Karachi [Pakistan], September 02 (ANI): Business community in Pakistan has expressed its concerns over Chinese visa saying that visas are becoming increasingly difficult to get.

Whereas, a rise in Chinese nationals coming to Pakistan in the wake of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is being noticed, The Dawn reported.

Reportedly, 71,000 Chinese nationals visited Pakistan in 2016, and 27,596 visa extensions were granted in that year, which is up by 41 per cent from a year earlier.

However, it is becoming difficult for Pakistani nationals to get Chinese visas.

Moreover, they are granted only single entry visa, that too with the validity period of three months.

"The Chinese government should review its policy and grant multiple-entry visas to members of the business community with a validity period of at least one year," Pakistan Soap Manufact

urers Association (PSMA) Chairman Abdullah Zaki said.

"Secondly, cumbersome and complex procedures for obtaining a Chinese visa have to be simplified. This will certainly take the existing bilateral trade volume to record-breaking new heights," he added.

As per new Chinese visa regulations, business visitors from Pakistan have to obtain an invitation from a Chinese company before applying for a visa.

Applicants from Pakistan are being told by their counterparts in China that the government has capped the number of invitations to foreign visitors at five per month.

"The KCCI has taken up the matter with the Chinese embassy in Islamabad and consulate in Karachi. But they offered little help saying they are only following Beijing policy," the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) President Shamim Firpo said.

The CPEC, a 51.5 billion dollar China-led multi-layered infrastructure project, enters Pakistan from China through the Karakoram Highway.

Though Gilgit Baltistan plays a key role in the CPEC project and all roads and pipelines crossing into China from Pakistan will run through this mountainous region, there are no plans for any special economic packages to support the people of Gilgit, prompting massive protests against the CPEC from the people of Gilgit Baltistan. (ANI)

More Euro Asia news of the month

Photos Pakistani Taliban Confirms Death Of Leader's Son

The Pakistani Taliban has confirmed the death of the son of leader Mullah Fazlullah in a suspected U.S. drone strike on March 6. In...

Photos 'Deep State' ensures Pakistan's political parties in disarray in election year

Feb.26 (ANI): Pakistan's election year has begun but the main political parties are in disarray. The 'Deep State' has...

Photos Banned charities a huge management challenge for Pakistan

Islamabad/Lahore, Feb.22 (ANI): The Government of Pakistan may have banned all charities associated with the Hafiz Saeed-led...

Photos Fake news hurting media credibility

January 27, 2018 Front Page, Media Ethics Web Desk ISLAMABAD: The drop scene of TV anchor Dr Shahid Masood's sensational claims...

Photos ISIS in central Asia: Terrorist group expanded in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - After facing a deadly defeat in the Middle East, the group, once believed to be the world’s most dangerous...

Photos Pakistan to set up $1.51 billion hydropower project in PoK

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Pakistan has unveiled plans for its massive $1.5 billion hydropower project, with a timeline of six years. The...

Photos Christmas worshippers victimized in Pakistan ISIS attack

QUETTA, Pakistan - Pakistan’s restive southwestern city of Quetta in Balochistan province suffered yet another terrorist attack,...

Photos Global terrorist Hafiz Saeed wants to be off the terror list

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - After Pakistan released the head of the global terrorist organization Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), Hafiz Saeed from house...

Photos No clothes allowed: Paris opens its first nudist eatery

ISLAMABAD - Pakistani police using tear gas and water canon fought running battles with stone-throwing Islamist activists, as they moved...

Flying Reimagined

Stock Index

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Life Style

Photo Gallery

FEUILLETON