TOURISM plays an important role in contributing to a country’s economy. Pakistan can regain its status as a preferred tourist destination if it takes measures to promote and explore religious tourism.
Countries like Switzerland, Singapore, Malaysia etc stand high in economic ranking owing to their sustainable growth in tourism. Pakistan has unique and unmatched potential as a tourist destination and more so religious sites related to Buddhism and Sikhism.
The PTI government has expressed a desire to promote tourism as a means of giving a boost to the country’s economy. Prime Minister Imran Khan has honoured his commitment and opened the Kartarpur corridor for the Sikhs. This has brought much goodwill for the country.
There are scores of other religious sites in Pakistan for Hindus, Christians and Buddhists which are begging the government’s attention.
Engr Naveed Yousafzai
Jatgram, Dir Upper
Published in Dawn, November 21st, 2019