Pakistan on Friday suspended visa abolition agreement with Kuwait, signed between the two countries in November 2013, over non-compliance.
According to an official, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and Kuwait”s Deputy Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Khalid Al-Hamad Al-Sabah signed the visa abolition agreement in November 2013 while the agreement was implemented in August 2014.
According to the official, Pakistan suspended visa abolition agreement with Kuwait, following continuous violations of the agreement.
“Despite the agreement with Kuwait, Pakistani government officials holding Blue and Diplomatic Passports were still required to get visa to travel to Kuwait which was against the spirit of the agreement,” the official added.
He said that Pakistan signed visa abolition agreement with 44 countries, adding that out of total 44,37 countries have removed visa requirements for official and diplomatic passport holders, while seven countries have removed visa requirements for all Pakistani nationals and passport holders.
He said that diplomats and official passport holders were exempted from visa in 37 countries including Algeria, Argentina, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei Dar-us-Salam, China Hong Kong, Czech, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, Germany, Hellenic Republic (Greece), Indonesia, Kuwait, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Libya, Luxembourg, Maldives, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Philippine, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Vietnam and Yemen. Out of 44, seven countries including Zambia, Western Samoa, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Ice Land, Maldives and Nepal removed visa requirements for all nationals, he said, adding following suspension of visa abolition agreement with Kuwait, the list of countries with which Pakistan had signed the agreement reduced to 43.
“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 is mutually beneficial,” Interior Ministry spokesman said this while quoting Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan. -Business Recorder