Mansehra (Web Desk) Federal minister for narcotics control Azam Khan Swati has said the ban on tourist activities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will be lifted next week.
“Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s economy hugely depends on tourism industry, so Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chief Minister Mahmood Khan have jointly decided to allow the resumption of tourist activities in the province from Tuesday,” Mr Swati told reporters here on Saturday.
The minister said if only Kaghan tourism industry was examined, the Covid-19 lockdown had badly hit it and rendered hundreds of thousands of employees.
“The government doesn’t want to waste more time as half of the tourism season has passed and is going to reopen the industry ensuring that hoteliers, transporters and others related to it follow standard operating procedures,” he said.
Mr Swati said the people didn’t follow the government’s guidelines on coronavirus prevention, so lockdown could be tightened.
Earlier, the minister told workers of the ruling PTI during a meeting here to serve the people during Covid-19 pandemic.
“The government is fighting the virus and economic crisis at the same time, so it seems almost impossible to enforce a complete lockdown yet again as such a move will shatter economy,” he said.