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Pakistan decides to open two consulates in Najaf and Karbala to facilitate the visit of its citizens to the holy shrines


Press sources said that the Pakistani government decided to open two new consulates in the holy cities of Najaf and Karbala, as part of its new plan to facilitate the influx of Pakistani visitors to the holy shrines in Iraq.
The sources pointed out that “the Pakistani government has taken an important step for pilgrims and visitors to the holy shrines in Iraq, Syria and Iran, as it has prepared a new policy for managing visitors’ travel and has sent its drafts to the three countries.”
In more precise details seen by Shia Waves, the Pakistani government has prepared a draft visitor management policy and sent it to the concerned countries to direct the pilgrimage process of pilgrims heading to Iran, Iraq and Syria to visit the shrines of Ahlulbayt, peace be upon them.
The sources indicate that “the Pakistani government is waiting for the approval of the governments of Iran, Iraq and Syria on the drafts, to issue a decision on the visitor management policy and implement it officially.”
The sources added that “the Pakistani government decided to open two consulates in the holy cities of Najaf and Karbala in Iraq.”
It should be noted that the visitor management policy has already been approved by the Federal Cabinet. After talks with the governments of Iran, Iraq and Syria, it is hoped that the drafts will be signed and notified to the Government of Pakistan in the next few weeks.
It is also reported that the Pakistani Foreign Minister held several talks last week with the central Iraqi government and the two local governments in the cities of Najaf and Karbala, for the purpose of facilitating the arrival of Pakistani visitors and expanding relations between the two countries.

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