Prime Minister Imran Khan said that Pakistan has “great potential” to attract tourists from Muslim countries because they were wary of visiting Europe and other places due to concerns related to Islamophobia.
He was addressing the local residents and people who were part of the government’s tree plantation campaign at Sonmiani beach in Balochistan’s Lasbela district.
At the outset of his speech, the prime minister said he had seen the area from above during his arrival by helicopter, adding that it could be developed into a tourist spot.
Prime Minister Imran said the government’s efforts should be geared towards improving the lives of the people, to ensure livelihoods for them, education for their children, and health facilities. “It is the foremost responsibility of the government [to see] how we can make the people’s lives better and to first fulfil their basic needs and then [check] how to make them happy.”
Instead, the government would build the kind of resort that would attract a “large number of people from the Muslim world”, he added.
The premier said that there were “many” places in the world that “our people” used to go to spend their holidays, including Europe, but they “face great problems now because of Islamophobia”.
“They don’t want to take their wives and children there. So, a place like Pakistan has great potential where people from Muslim countries will come for tourism.”