TORONTO: Islamabad is now listed as an “exercise a high degree of caution” city. Canada has removed Islamabad from the list of “avoid non-essential travel” cities.
There is a decrease in risk level for Canadians to travel to Islamabad, according to a press release by the Global Affairs Department received here today from Ottawa, Canada.
Four risk levels are identified by the government’s website which are as follow:
- Avoid All travel.
- Avoid non-essential travel.
- Exercise a high degree of caution.
- Exercise normal security precautions.
The first two categories are those where the Government of Canada allows its people to travel and says, safety and security may be compromised for Canadians to live or travel there.
Generally Pakistan is listed in the “avoid non-essential travel” category because of the security issues that it has had to experience in the last decade. The areas which are within 10 km of all international borders include; Kashmir region, Baluchistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa all fall under the avoid all travel category. Only Wagah border crossing point is the exception.
Recently Pakistan’s High Commissioner in Canada Tariq Azim Khan, said the relations between Canada and Pakistan are based on strong foundations of friendship and cooperation.
And now he (Pakistan high commissioner) had impressed the Canadian authorities, and they have revised the advisory for Pakistan because of the significant improvement in security.
The Canadian government has excluded Islamabad from that category in the first step towards that direction, and in the light of evolving security situation, further steps will be taken. According to the Pakistan High Commission in Ottawa.
That really is good news for Pakistan as tourism from Canada will increase now. We hope that things will get better with the passage of time.