PESHAWAR, 17 October: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has formally opened the government rest houses in the province for the general public by launching a website for paid reservations.

A ceremony in this connection was organised in Nathiagali on Friday which was attended by Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak, Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan and other notables. On the occasion the chief minister opened a website for booking of these rest houses by private parties.

Mr Khattak said 16 government rest houses have been handed over to the Tourism Department. He said the government was previously spending Rs20 million annually on maintenance of these rest houses. However, he said the KP government has now earned Rs4 million from these rest houses within four months.

Imran Khan said on the occasion that this seems to be a small step, but will certainly prove a milestone in bringing change in the existing system. He said the money earned from the rest houses will be spent on development of Galiyat region.

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