PESHAWAR - The Malakand Division has been declared open and is no more restricted area, said a letter of Home and Tribal Affairs Department of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The letter was sent by Home and Tribal Affairs Department Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to the Secretary Sports, Tourism, Archaeology, Museums, Culture and Youth Affairs Department and the KP Police chief.

The letter titled “Clarification/guidance regarding movement of tourists cases” that issued by the department on Tuesday has been termed the most important information and called for its immediate release to the concerned quarters particularly the foreigners visiting the serene sites located in Swat and Chitral of Malakand Division.

The letter issued by the section officer (Foreigners & Media) of the Home Department said, “Further in continuation of this department’s letter of even number dated 16th March 2016, I am directed to state that foreign tourists who intend to visit Malakand Division are not required to get NOC, as Malakand Division has been declared open and is no more a restricted area. The Pakistan Association of Tour Operators may be facilitated in the conduct of their tours.”

The copy of this information has also been forwarded to the Headquarters 11 Corps Peshawar, the Joint Director General Intelligence Bureau, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, personal staff officer to chief minister of KP, personal staff officer to KP chief secretary, Additional Inspector General of Police, Special Branch KP, and Secretary Home Department.

The NOC was a big obstacle in the way of foreign tourists who wanted to travel to tourism-rich Swat and Chitral areas.