ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – To attract tourists from all over the world and to present a soft image of Pakistan, the biker-tourist, Muhammad Iqbal Ghangla, who was on a 30-day tour, titled “Welcome to Pakistan,” successfully completed his all Pakistan motorbike tour. The biker was received at the Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) head office in Islamabad by Mir Shahjahan Khetran, Managing Director of PTDC.
Speaking on the occasion, Mir Shahjahan Khetran felicitated the bikers on their successful endeavors for promotion of adventure tourism in the country. He said that the Tourist Information and Reservation Center in Islamabad is serving foreign and Pakistani tourists in planning their holidays in Pakistan, booking of hotels and motels, provision of tourist transport and tour packages, and affordable rates. He said PTDC has 18 Tourist Information Centers within the country, in addition to 43 hotels, motels, and restaurants located at the far-flung areas of the country. In addition, PTDC has setup 4 new Tourist Information Centers, i.e., 3 in Balochistan and 1 in Sindh province, so that they can facilitate the tourists traveling through these areas. Mr. Ali Akbar, General Manager (Publicity & Promotion); Sheikh Fayyaz Ahmed, Manager/PSO; Mr. Tayyab Nisar Mir, Manager (P&P); and Mr. Mukhtar Ali, Deputy Manager (Media) were also present on the occasion.
While taking to media, Mr. Iqbal Ghangla said that he has traveled all the provinces of Pakistan including Sindh and Balochistan and found that these areas are completely safe and secure, and there is no security threat all over Pakistan. He thanked Managing Director for all the support and assistance provided by PTDC and its motels during his journey by providing free accommodation and meals all over Pakistan.
During his tour effort, Mr. Iqbal covered over 12,000 kilometers of distance, which also took him to the Tribal Areas. His initiative was going to be the longest ever and historical as well. The main purpose of his tour is to convey a message to local as well as foreign tourists that anyone can move here freely, as Pakistan is a peace-loving country. There are many beautiful touring spots in Pakistan which need to be visited and admired. It will be a source-giving oxygen to Pakistan’s dying tourist industry. During his tour, Mr. Iqbal continued uploading his pictures on many social networks like Facebook to let his friends know his daily activities. By uploading his tour pictures, other people can also see the hidden beauties of Pakistan. These pictures could also be presented to foreign tourists so that they could be attracted to Pakistan.
Mr. Iqbal started his tour from Multan on November 5, and the cities and areas coming along the way of his journey are Dera Ismail Khan, Tribal Areas, Peshawar, Sawat, Chitral, Gilgit, Khanjrab Pass, Sakardu, Chalas, Naran, Kasmir, Neelam Valley, Sialkot, Lahore, Wahga Border, Bahawalnagar, Shikarpur, Sehwan Sharif, Rani Kot, Haiderabad, Meethi, Khokharabad, Badeen, Karachi, Gawadar, Jiwani, Lasbela, Quetta, Taftan, Chaman, Ziarat, Sob, Dera Ghazi Khan, Panjnad, Och Sharif, Vihari, Sahiwal, Faisalabad, Abbotabad, Ayubia, and Murree. The tour ended in Islamabad.
Mr. Iqbal Ghangla made a national record by making a 12-foot-long bicycle and traveling over 6,000 kilometers on it throughout Pakistan between 2006 to 2007. Since 2005, he has completed 55,000 kilometers by motorbike. He also traveled by foot from Madina to Makkah in 7 days in June 2006. The current journey is dedicated to promotion of tourism in the country.