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Black Day observed to express solidarity with Kashmiris' struggle for their right to Self-Determination


Black Day was observed at the Embassy to express solidarity with the Kashmiris' valiant struggle for the realization of their right to self-determination. To protest against the brutalities being perpetrated against defenceless Kashmiris by Indian occupation forces, Pakistanis living across Lebanon enthusiastically participated. President and Prime Minister's messages on the occasion were read out to the participants. The audience was also shown a short video documentary depicting the human tragedy taking place in the Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir at the hands of Indian security forces.

Speakers on the occasion, expressed their anger and frustration at the barbarities being committed in the IOK by Indian security forces with impunity. Instead of fulfilling the commitments it gave at the UN i.e., a fair and impartial plebiscite in the State of Jammu & Kashmir under the UN auspices, India had let loose a reign of terror there. They found it bewildering that a country in violation of about a dozen UN Security Council Resolutions for seven decades had the audacity to seek a permanent seat at the UN Security Council. It was stressed that the hearts of Pakistanis and Kashmiris throb in unison and Pakistanis will continue to support their Kashmiri brothers in their just struggle. They also expressed their despair and disappointment at the international community, particularly the UN, in not playing its due role in resolving the Jammu & Kashmir dispute.

Towards the conclusion, Mr. Ishtiak Ahmed Akil, Charge' d'Affaires (a.i.) shed light on the various dimensions of the J&K dispute. He saluted the heroic struggle of Kashmiris in the face of continuing terror and oppression. He remarked that India cannot suppress the aspirations of brave Kashmiris people by terrorizing them and, in sha Allah, they will be rid of the Indian yoke of subjugation. He encouraged Pakistani community to educate their Lebanese friends on the Jammu & Kashmir dispute. Drawing parallels between the Palestine and Kashmir issues, he said that Lebanese people can comprehend the situation much better since like Pakistan, Lebanon faces a militarily much stronger neighbour, having unjustly occupied Lebanese territories and committing almost daily violations of Lebanese sovereignty at will.

He underscored Pakistan's undaunted commitment to the resolution of the J&K dispute under relevant UN Security Resolutions in accordance with the aspirations of Kashmiri people. He expressed that the freedom-loving nations of the world can no longer look the other way from the suffering of the Kashmiri people and hoped that principles of human dignity, human rights and justice would take precedence over political expediencies and commercial interests.


Beirut
27 October 2017









The opening ceremony of the 2017 Chengdu Dialogue on South Asia (Pan Asia) Production Capacity Cooperation


The opening ceremony of the 2017 Chengdu Dialogue on South Asia (Pan Asia) Production Capacity Cooperation was held today in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province of China.

The Dialogue has been organized by the Chengdu Association for Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation (CAFTEC) under the supervision of the Chengdu Municipal Commission of Commerce. The Dialogue is envisaged to serve as an information exchange platform for economic and trade cooperation between Chengdu and the South Asian countries.

In his keynote address on the occasion, the Consul General of Pakistan in Chengdu Mr. Mudassir Tipu said that it was imperative to focus on South Asia, home to close to 2 billion people, while seeking solutions to overcome regional developmental disparities. He dealt in detail with Pakistan’s impressive economic turnaround and invited the Chinese companies based in Western and Southwestern China to take advantage of Pakistan’s strong economic fundamentals and invest in the country. In this context, he specifically highlighted the planned Special Economic Zones and industrial Parks under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

The Consul General hailed CPEC as one of the finest examples of win-win cooperation between two countries that will serve as the strongest pillar of economic, commercial and cultural connectivity between Pakistan and China for many decades to come. He also expressed the confidence that through its network of roads, railways and industrial parks, CPEC will herald a new era of regional connectivity, development and prosperity for the entire South Asian region, benefiting billions of people in the process.

The opening ceremony was attended by senior officials from BOI and FPCCI as well as Chengdu Municipal Government. A large number of Chinese entrepreneurs and journalists were also in attendance.


Chengdu, China
November 08, 2017









An impressive ceremony was held in the Sichuan Normal University in Chengdu


An impressive ceremony was held in the Sichuan Normal University in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province of China today to launch the Pakistan-China Research Center at the University.

Speaking on the occasion, the Consul General of Pakistan in Chengdu Mr. Mudassir Tipu underscored the importance of focusing on further strengthening cultural, educational and research ties between Pakistan and Western China. He said that the idea of launching the Center was jointly conceived by the Consulate General of Pakistan in Chengdu and the Sichuan Normal University.

The Consul General expressed the hope that the Center will further enrich the already impressive research work being done on various aspects of Pakistan-China relations as well as important developments in the region and beyond. By developing linkages with Pakistani universities and think tanks, the Center will also provide a useful platform for Pakistani and Chinese scholars and researchers to conduct joint studies and research on important topics of mutual interest and in the process create better understanding about Pakistani and Chinese Societies. The Center also planned to conduct Chinese language training for Pakistani students/scholars and Urdu language training for Chinese students/scholars.

The launching ceremony was also attended by the CPC Party Secretary of Sichuan Normal University Mr. Ding Renzhong , President of the Sichuan Normal University Mr. Wang Mingyi and Dean of College of International Education at the University Ms. Yang Yingyu.

In their remarks, the Chinese dignitaries expressed the belief that the Center will become a strong bridge between Pakistan and Western & South Western China in terms of promoting mutual understanding of the two countries in a comprehensive manner.

The Center is the second research institute focusing on Pakistan established in Chengdu. Prior to this, a Pakistan Study Center is already operational in the Sichuan University since 2008.


Chengdu, China
November 08, 2017









Consul General of Pakistan Mr. Mudassir Tipu met the CPC Party Secretary of Sichuan Normal University Mr. Ding Renzhong


Consul General of Pakistan Mr. Mudassir Tipu met the CPC Party Secretary of Sichuan Normal University Mr. Ding Renzhong today.

The Consul General conveyed gratitude to Mr. Ding for taking excellent care of 58 young Pakistani students currently enrolled in the “Professional Development Programme” for Chinese Language Teachers in Pakistan. Under this programme, the Pakistani students are being trained to become Chinese language teachers and their services will eventually be used by Pakistani education institutes.

The Consul General conveyed his deep appreciation for the University's decision to establish a Pakistan Research Center at the University. The idea of establishing the Center was jointly conceived by the Consulate General of Pakistan and Sichuan Normal University. The Consul General also made a number of suggestions to make the Center more effective and its work more comprehensive in further promoting mutual understanding about various aspects and dynamics of Pakistani and Chinese societies. He also assured Mr. Ding of the Consulate General's full support for the successful working of the Center.

Mr. Ding Renzhong reciprocated the Consul General's sentiments and expressed the hope that the Professional Development Programme and the Pakistan Research Center will pave the way for much wider and stronger collaboration between Sichuan Normal University and various educational institutions/think-tanks in Pakistan. He assured Sichuan Normal University's full support to the Consul General in bringing more Pakistani students to the University in various other faculties.

Deputy Consul General Mr. Naveed Safdar Bokhari, President of Sichuan Normal Universit Mr. Wang Mingyi and Dean of College of International Education at the University Ms. Yang Yingyu were also present during the meeting.


Chengdu, China
November 08, 2017









Ambassador Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry meets three members of Congress on Capitol Hill


Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, Pakistan's Ambassador to the United States, had a busy day on Capitol Hill. Continuing his outreach to key members of Congress, the Ambassador had meetings with Senator Joni Ernst (Republican-Iowa), Congresswoman Karen Bass (Democrat-California) and Congressman Chris Stewart (Republican-Utah). Senator Ernst is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, while Congresswoman Bass and Congressman Stewart sit on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and House Appropriations Committee respectively.

In his back-to-back meetings, Ambassador Chaudhry updated the members of Congress on recent developments in the context of Pakistan-U.S. relations. He briefed them on Pakistan's perspective on the region, including the situation in Afghanistan. Noting the two countries' common aspiration for peace and stability in South Asia, Ambassador Chaudhry said it was important for Pakistan and the United States to work together for a political settlement in Afghanistan.

Ambassador Chaudhry informed the U.S. legislators that Pakistan had successfully turned the corner in its fight against terrorism. Pakistan's improved security environment was paying economic dividends, as evidenced by the country's status as an emerging market. The Ambassador said greater economic cooperation between the U.S. and Pakistani corporate sectors would generate jobs and prosperity for both countries.

The members of Congress appreciated Ambassador Chaudhry’s briefing. They concurred with the Ambassador's assessment of the need for close engagement between the United States and Pakistan in the pursuit of their common goals in the region.


Washington DC
07 November 2017




Ambassador Aizaz Chaudhry met Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-CA), member of House Foreign Affairs Committee on the Capitol Hill today, 07 November 2017.




Ambassador Aizaz Chaudhry had a meeting with Congressman Chris Stewart (R-UT), Member of House Appropriations Committee and briefed him on Pakistan-US relations today, 07 November 2017.




Ambassador Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry had a meeting with Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), member of Senate Armed Services Committee on the Capitol Hill today, 07 November 2017.








Pakistan’s Support to International Community During The Global War on Terror Was Crucial In Very Manner, Said Consul General Tirmizi.


Mr. Faisal Niaz Tirmizi, Consul General of Pakistan said that Pakistan’s support to international community during the global war on terror was crucial in every manner. Pakistan geographical proximity with Afghanistan made it more important for the United States. Mr. Tirmizi, as part of his series of briefings at think-tanks and Universities, currently visiting the Iowa for a briefing to students and faculty of the Iowa State University.

Speaking on the topic of Pakistan’s role in the war on terror briefed the audience in detail about the sacrifices and efforts made by Pakistan during international war on terror. He said that Pakistan is the country which suffered huge setbacks in this war. Pakistan’s armed forces, intelligence agencies, Frontier Corps, Frontier Constabulary and police all have done mammoth work with less resources in such an asymmetric warfare. He said Pakistan was perhaps the only country where these forces are being effectively pushed back without any external help. Mr. Tirmizi offered that Pakistan could share its rich experience with all friendly countries including the US.

While talking about Pakistan-US relations Mr. Tirmizi said that US accepts Pakistan’s key role for stability and security in the region. He spoke about the contributions of Pakistan in the two significant achievements of US foreign policy; the US-China rapprochement and the decisive win against communism. He also spoke about initiative taken by Pakistan in establishing first direct contact between Afghan Government and Taliban in collaboration with US and China in July 2014. However, this initiative was squeezed by forces inimical to seeing peace in Afghanistan and the region, he said. Mr. Tirmizi said that peace and stability in Afghanistan is the common aspiration of Pakistan and the Unites States and it is vital for peace and stability in South Asia. He said it was important for Pakistan and the United States to work together for a political settlement in Afghanistan. Talking about the Afghan refugees, Mr. Tirmizi maintained that Pakistan has provided for the upkeep of at least 3 million Afghan refugees for the last more than 31 years.

Mr. Tirmizi briefed the audience about steady economic growth and said that the corner of Pakistan’s fight against terrorism had been turned successfully. Pakistan's improved security environment was paying economic dividends, as evidenced by the country's status as an emerging market.

He also lauded the role of the US in building institutions (armed forces, IBA, LUMS), dams( Mangla, Tarbela and Warsak) and human resource development in Pakistan and meetings its energy needs. He specially mentioned the role of Norman Burlough, a native of Iowa, in bringing green revolution in Pakistan which turned it into a wheat exporting country.

At the end of the briefing session, Mr. Tirmizi also answered a lot of questions about Pakistan foreign policy especially with respect to the US. Talking about Pakistan-US relations under the new administration, Mr. Tirmizi said the bilateral ties between the two countries are multifaceted and are not dependent as to which party is in power in the US. He also mentioned the biggest Fulbright program to which Government of Pakistan was contributing US$ 5 million a year for the next five years.

During his visit to Iowa State University Mr. Tirmizi also met Mr. Vernon J. Hurte, Associate Vice President and Dean of Students, and Ms. Deb Vance, Assistant Director of International Students and Scholars Office and explored the possibilities for cooperation between educational institutions of Pakistan and United States. At present 25 students from Pakistan are studying in Post Doctoral, Graduate and Undergraduate programs. He also stressed the need of developing long term partnership with research Universities in Pakistan

It is the largest University in the state of Iowa and the 3rd largest university in the Big 12 athletic conference. Iowa State University is classified as a Research University with very high research activity by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university has the honour to design the first computer in the world. It is also a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), which consists of 62 leading research universities in North America.


Chicago
7 November 2017









King Salman Bin Abdulaziz receives credentials of the Pakistan’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia


His Excellency Khan Hasham Bin Saddique, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, presented his Letter of Credence to His Majesty King Salman Bin Abdulaziz in an impressive ceremony held at Royal Court in Riyadh today.

While presenting his credentials, the Pakistani Ambassador conveyed the greetings of the President and the Prime Minister of Pakistan to the Saudi King and reiterated the strong desire of Pakistani leadership to strengthen bilateral relations with Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in diverse fields. He assured the Saudi King of his full efforts and commitment to diversify bilateral relations with a view of realizing the true potential of cooperation that exists between the two countries.

His Majesty King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud welcomed the Ambassador in Saudi Arabia and wished him success in his assignment.


Riyadh
6 November 2017









UN and EU Must Help Resolve Kashmir Issue: Belgian HR Activist Andy Vermaut Black Day observed at the Embassy of Pakistan Brussels


To express solidarity with the people of Kashmir on Black Day, the Embassy of Pakistan in Brussels organized a seminar entitled “Resolving Kashmir Issue: A Flash Point in South –Asia”. The event was attended by people in large numbers from Pakistani Belgian and international community based in Brussels including ambassadors, representatives of think tanks, journalists and academics.

Belgian human rights activist and president of a non-profit organization Postversa Andy Vermaunt referred to the human rights violations taking place in the Indian Occupied Kashmir and called upon international community to take notice of the situation. He condemned brutalities being meted out by Indian security forces on the innocent people fighting for their right to self-determination.

Ramisha Khan a Master’s student of prestigious Leuven University re-counted the true stories of blinding of Kashmiri youth by Indian army through illegal use of pellet guns in the Indian Occupied Kashmir. She narrated the stories of young girls includindg14 year old Insha Mushtaq, 13 years old Ifra Jan and 5 years old Zohra.

Ramisha informed that Indian armed forces have admitted themselves that within few months, they fired nearly 4,000 cartridges at demonstrators, who protested against police brutality, and even onlookers. This way 1.3million metal balls were hurtled towards public gatherings predominantly made up of young unarmed people. They were shot on the face with pellets capable of piercing the eyes. She reminded that the body of an 11-year-old boy, was found on the outskirts of Srinagar, riddled with hundreds of pellets.

Senior Representative of students of Leuven University Wim Knaepen, in his speech, qouted the statement by Kanhaiya Kumar the president of Students’ Union of Jawaherlal Nehru University, in which he had stated “Kashmiri wowen are raped by Indian security personnel”.

He said this was an evidence to brutalities being committed by the Indian security forces in the occupied Kashmir. He pointed out people within India are now recognizing the human rights violations by the Indian security forces in the Occupied Kashmir. The atrocities have reached a level that the reports of grave human rights violations are coming out despite the fact that India is not letting Independent Observers visit Indian occupied Kashmir.

Head of Chancery Giyan Chand made a presentation on the Human Rights Violations in Indian Occupied Kashmir. He said that facts and figures compiled on the basis of reports of international organizations such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch reveal that from January 1989 to May 2017, total killings have exceeded 100,000, over 141,166 civilians were arrested, more than 7,083 custodial killings took place, between 8,000 to 10,000 enforced disappearances, over 107,872 children were orphaned, about 22,836 women widowed and over 10,872 women were molested and gang-raped.

In his concluding remarks Deputy Head of Mission Asif Hussain Memon said that despite commitments made by the early Indian leadership and numerous resolutions of the UN Security Council on Jammu & Kashmir, the Indian government has unleashed a reign of terror in Indian occupied Kashmir. He asserted that Pakistan will continue to render diplomatic and political support to the people of Kashmir.

October 27th is observed as Black Day for Kashmir , as it marks the beginning of grave human tragedy in Indian occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IoK) as in 1947 on this day , Indian occupation forces landed in Srinagar to occupy, subjugate, oppress, and terrorize innocent Kashmiris. As the brutalities continue with impunity even today , Black Day is observed to express solidarity with the People of Kashmir


Brussels
27-10-2017




Mr. Asif Memon DHM and Mr. Giyan Chand HOC speaking at a seminar on Kashmir in connection with the Black Day at the Embassy of Pakistan Brussels. 30.10.2017




Belgian Human Rights Activist Mr. Andy Vermaut, Mrs. Ramisha Khan and Mr. Wim Knaepen speaking at a seminar on Kashmir in connection with the Black Day at the Embassy of Pakistan Brussels. 30.10.2017
















Ambassador visits Omani Women's Association


HE Ali Javed, the Ambassador of Pakistan has visited Omani Women's Association (OWA) Headquarters earlier this week and called on Chairperson OWA Ms. Iman bint Rashid bin Hamd Al-Ghafri. The opportunity was availed by both sides to appreciate shared bonds of history and geography and mutual cooperation.

Welcoming the Ambassador, Chairperson OWA praised the services of Pakistani community especially female professionals towards building Omani society and gave an overview of the Organization and proposed exchanges of female entrepreneurs and participation in Seminars.

Ambassador accorded a briefing on the immense contributions of women in building Pakistan, services in Int’l Organizations and UN Peacekeeping Operations.

Ambassador shared the stream of initiatives launched by the Mission ie 'Ambassador's Cup' a Golf Event to celebrate Oman National Day, 'Oman-Pakistan Friendship Hockey Cup', Young Pakistan Forum Oman (www.ypfo.pk) an on-line platform for the youths, WhatsApp Broadcast (+9689198-0458) and e-Bank (cwaparepmuscat@gmail.com) accumulating 24,000+ subscribers.

Chairperson OWA accepted Ambassador’s invitation to participate in forthcoming (2nd Edition) 'Civil Society Dialogue: His Majesty's Vision ~ Peace for Prosperity" a tribute to His Majesty’s five decades of leadership, adding that 1stEdition themed “Commonalities of Strategic Vision: Peaceful Neighborhood” was held last year.

Ambassador presented Embassy Newsletter whereas Chairperson OWA presented Association annual year book "Shurooq". Ms. Nawar Hamdan, Deputy Manager, OWA & Syedah Ramallah, Embassy Spokesperson assisted in the meeting.

A rising trajectory of bilateral political and parliamentary exchanges have re-energized relations in their complete spectrum during the past 18 months. These include exchange of visits between the Hon’ble Chairmen of Upper Houses, Ministers Responsible for Foreign Affairs as well as two Foreign Secretaries.


October 26, 2017
Embassy of Pakistan - Muscat.











Overwhelming applause for Pakistani Qawwali By Faiz Ali Group and Lecture by Ambassador Hashmi in Belgium


In connection with the 70th independence anniversary of Pakistan, the Embassy of Pakistan joined hands with Bozar, the highly prestigious Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels, and organized an overwhelmingly successful Sufi Night with a lecture by the Ambassador Naghmana A. Hashmi on the genre of Qawwali and enthralling performance by Pakistani Qawwali Group led by Ustad Faiz Ali Faiz. The event was attended by the Belgians as well as Pakistani diaspora in large numbers.

The performance by Faiz Ali Faiz qawwali group earned huge applause from the Belgian audience. The famous Qawwalis like Allahu; Yah Mustafa, Haq Ali Ali Maula and Dam mast Qalandar kept nearly 2000 audience spell bound who clapped and danced with the flow and rhythm of music. The Sufi music group of Sheikh Tahiri of Moroco and Indonesian Sama performances preceded the Qawwali. The response to the programme was so great that the organizers had to shift the event to bigger hall to accommodate audience.

In her lecture, on the topic ‘Origin and History of Qawwali’ Pakistan’s Ambassador to the European Union, Belgium and Luxembourg Mrs. Naghmana Alamgir Hashmi gave detailed account of Sufi school of thought in Islam and highlighted the origin of tradition of Qawwali through Chishtiya and Suharwardiya schools of thought as an acceptable means in quest for the true knowledge and achieving closeness to the creator.

During the presentation that spanned over an hour, Ambassador Hashmi traced the history of Qawwali dating back to 9th century in the times of Alkindi and Akhwanul Safa, then Imam Ghazali and finally the contribution of Hazrat Ameer Khusro in the 13th century towards evolution of the Qawwali in South Asia in the form that is popular today. She apprised the audience of the tradition of Qawwali in Pakistan and the contribution of Pakistani Qawwals in introducing this genre to international audience while mentioning Sabri brothers, Ustad Nustrat Fateh Ali Khan and Aziz Mian Qawwal.

Ambassador Hashmi showed pictures of Rahat Fateh Ali Khan rendering spiritual music in the United Nations and also referred to Qawwali performance on the occasion of Nobel Prize ceremony in Oslo. Explaining that understanding of spiritual messages, the main objective of Qawwali, which was not dependent on understanding of language of a particular area, she said Pakistani Qawwals have been able to attract massive fandom around the world. She highlighted various important concepts related to Qawwali including Ma’rifat, the search for truth and creator; Samaa, the gathering of spiritual music and Haal, the state of trance induced by spiritual Music.

Bozar is the highly prestigious and most visited cultural destination in Brussels for concerts, exhibitions and shows. The Centre for Fine Arts stands out among other cultural institution due to its vast multidisciplinary and diverse programme. These high quality international programmes have earned the Centre a reputation as the leading cultural reference.


Brussels
23 October 2017





















First Ever Photo Exhibition on Pakistan at the European External Action Service Launched


In connection with the 70th Independence Anniversary of Pakistan, the Embassy of Pakistan in Brussels in collaboration with the European External Action Service (EEAS), has launched a photographic exhibition on Empowerment of Women in Pakistan, here, today.

The exhibition has been launched at the European External Action Service - the foreign office of European Union. This is for the first time that an exhibition on Pakistan has been organized at any of the European Union's Institutions in Brussels. The exhibition will continue for three weeks. The exhibition comprises of selection of photographs of high achieving women of Pakistan and also the efforts for empowering women in various fields of life.

The inauguration was attended by a large number of European and Pakistani high officials including Pakistan's Ambassador to the European Union, Belgium and Luxembourg Mrs. Naghmana A. Hashmi, EEAS Managing Director for Asia and the Pacific Mr. Gunnar Wiegand, Principal Advisor on Gender and on the implementation of UNSCR1325 at the European External Action Service Mrs. Mara Marinaki and EU Ambassador to Pakistan Mr. Jean - Francois Cautain.

The exhibition displays photographs of prominent women and those from different professions including politicians, pilots, taxi drivers, doctors, educationists; business and professional women making strides in e-commerce, banking sector, police, armed forces and sports, besides photographs of iconic women of Pakistan like Mother of the Nation Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah, Begum Raana Liaqat Ali Khan, Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, Begum Bilquees Edhi, Malala Yousafzai, Sharmeen Ubaid Chinoy, Gulalai Ismail and mountaineer Samina Baig.

The exhibition illustrates efforts to empower women by the Government of Pakistan, Pakistani civil society actors, key partners such as the European Union in Pakistan, and the private sector working for women's empowerment in social, economic and political life and depicts women empowerment through skill enhancement projects of Behbud Association of Pakistan and Agha Khan Development Network.

Speaking on the occasion Pakistan’s Ambassador to the European Union, Belgium and Luxembourg Mrs. Naghmana A. Hashmi said that Pakistani women have made immense and invaluable contributions in all walks of life. She said that according to latest census there are 101.31 million women in Pakistan constituting 48.76 % of the total population of 208 million.

She said that the process of empowerment of women had started right from the day of commencement of the Pakistan movement. The father of the Nation Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah engaged women in the struggle for Pakistan and his younger sister Fatima Jinnah also known as the Mother of the Nation stood besides him during the hard struggle for the independence of Pakistan.

Wife of first prime minister of Pakistan Begum Raana Liaqat Ali established All Pakistan Women Association APWA two years after the creation of Pakistan and this body continues to work towards empowerment of women through projects of education, skill enhancement and entrepreneurship. "Pakistani women have been able to break glass ceilings in many fields despite several social and cultural challenges" the Ambassador added.

The Managing Director for Asia and the Pacific at the EEAS Mr. Gunnar Wiegand in his address praised the joint efforts of the Embassy of Pakistan and EEAS to show a different side than what mostly people think about Pakistan. He added that it would help in overcoming stereotypes about Pakistan, while reckoning his experience of knowing and working with many highly qualified, strong and well accomplished Pakistani women.

Principal Advisor on Gender and on the implementation of UNSCR1325 at the European External Action Service Mrs. Mara Marinaki in her address described that European Union has traditionally very strong relations with Pakistan and ready to assist in concrete and substantial ways. She said that complete empowerment of women has not been achieved even in the context of European Union, there were many loopholes which exacerbate more in patriarchal societies. She pointed out that European Union was already in consultation within the context of its policy guidelines to improve lives of women in Pakistan.


Brussels
12th October 2017





















Pakistan Fashion Show in Moscow


A Fashion Show devoted to the 70th Independence Anniversary of Pakistan was held at Ritz Carlton Hotel in Moscow yesterday evening. Pakistan’s famous designer Cheena Chhapra and Mr. Arsalan Iqbal presented their impressive Collection at the Fashion Show, in collaboration with Russian models.

More than three hundred guests including senior Russian government officials, Ambassadors, media personnel, poets, writers and members of Pakistan community attended the event.

Speaking on the occasion, Ambassador of Pakistan to the Russian Federation Mr. Khalilullah Qazi highlighted the significance of Pakistan's 70th Independence Anniversary, Quaid-e-Azam's vision of Pakistan, country’s achievements and Pakistan’s agenda of promoting peace, friendship, love and harmony, moderation, connectivity, development and prosperity.

Speaking about Pakistan Russia relations, the Ambassador underscored that the leadership of both Pakistan and Russia fully supported further deepening of the mutually beneficial, close, friendly and cooperative relations existing between Pakistan and Russia.

Pakistan Fashion Show, the first ever in Russia, was a very colorful and powerful presentation of Pakistan's culture in Moscow.

The Fashion Show was organized by a prominent Pakistani businessman Mr. Shahzad Shaikh in collaboration with the Embassy of Pakistan Moscow.

Moscow
10th October 2017










The 70th anniversary of Pakistan, the Embassy of Pakistan organized the Independence Day Parade/get-together on 8th August 2017 at the iconic tourist venue ‘Brandenburg Gate’ in Berlin.


To commemorate the 70th anniversary of Pakistan, the Embassy of Pakistan organized the Independence Day Parade/get-together on 8th August 2017 at the iconic tourist venue ‘Brandenburg Gate’ in Berlin. More than 500 Pakistani community members, including Germans, tourists’ women and children, wearing beautiful Pakistani attire participated in the parade. Banners and Pakistani flags added to the beauty of the place and the whole venue turned into a scene of colourful Pakistani cultural show. The tourists of many countries visiting the place were amazed by the beauty of Pakistani culture and also joined the party.

The icing on the cake was participation of world famous British Pakistani dhol player Rani Taj, who was specially invited by the Embassy for the event. Her heart-throbbing dhol beats charged the whole crowd. Pakistanis, old and youngs alike, indulged in Bhangra and other traditional dances on rhythmic dhole beats of Rani Taj.

A car decorated with famous Truck Art of Pakistan was a major attraction for the audience who appreciated it very much and took photos.

Speaking on the occasion, Ambassador Jauhar Saleem welcomed the audience and touched upon the ideals and aspirations which led to the creation of Pakistanis and are still guiding light for the nation’s march to peace and progress. He added that Pakistan is often misrepresented by the media but in reality it is a country where human values, arts, culture, social media and film industry are all flourishing.

The participants were served with fresh mango beverages and paratha rolls. The event was covered by Pakistani as well as international media.























































To mark Pakistan's 70th birthday, the Consulate General of Pakistan, Toronto set up Pakistan pavilion at the office of the Mayor of Mississauga, Bonnie Crombie on 5-6 August 2017.


The PAVILION showcased models of the landmarks of four provinces of Pakistan including Badshahi Mosque, Mazar e Qauid, Ziarat Residency, Khyber Pass and K2. In addition, a tribal hujra was set up where elders of the community spoke about various aspects of Pakistani society.

Visitors and the volunteers who wore traditional dresses danced at folk tunes. An exhibition of Pakistani handicrafts added value to the display.

Liberal Minister Raza Moridi, NDP Leader Andrea Howarth, Conservative Leader of opposition in Ontario Patrick Brown as well as Deputy Speaker of the Parliament Paul Miller were among 3000 visitors.

The pavilion also hosted Qawali night on 6 August.










Pakistan Re-Elected Vice Chair of UNEP CPR Bureau


At the 139th Committee of Permanent Representatives (CPR) Meeting held in Nairobi, the Permanent Representative (PR) of Pakistan to the United Nations Environment Programme Mr. Raza Bashir Tarar, was unanimously re-elected as Vice Chair of the CPR Bureau from the Asia Pacific Group for the period 2017-2019.

Pakistan's Mission in Nairobi is accredited as Permanent Mission to the United Nations Office in Nairobi (UNON), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat).

Ambassador Tarar also currently holds the Chair of G77 and China, Nairobi Chapter.

The election is a manifestation of the trust reposed in Pakistan by the Members of Asia Pacific Group and reflects Pakistan’s commitment to environmental issues.











Pakistan Day marked by flag hoisting at Pakistan High Commission London
High Commissioner condemns London terrorist attack


The Pakistan Day was marked with flag hoisting ceremony at the Pakistan High Commission London, 23-03-2017.

Pir Sadruddin Rashidi, Federal Minister for Overseas Pakistanis, Mr Ashtar Ausaf Ali, Attorney General of Pakistan, parliamentary delegation from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, delegation of Pakistan Peace Collective, Mayors,Councillors, community leaders, a large number of Pakistani diaspora and representatives of media attended the ceremony.

H.E. Syed Ibne Abbas, Pakistan High Commissioner to the UK, hoisted the national flag and the messages of the President and the Prime Minister of Pakistan were read out.

On this occasion, one minute silence was observed as an expression of solidarity with the UK in wake of yesterday’s terrorist attack in London. The High Commissioner condemned the dastardly act of terrorism and said Pakistan was standing shoulder to shoulder with the government and people of the UK. In view of this tragic incident, the ceremony was toned down and the traditional musical programme on this occasion was cancelled.

The High Commissioner, in his address to the community, shed light on the importance of Pakistan Day as the turning point in our national history. He paid glowing tributes to the Quaid-i-Azam and other founding fathers, who, through their unwavering resolve and visionary leadership brought the Muslims of the sub-continent at one platform and created a separate homeland for them.

Giving a general review of the situation in Pakistan, the High Commissioner said:

"Pakistan is moving forward and the narrative of Pakistan is changing fast. Under the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the economy is growing at the rate of 5.2; Pakistan has entered the club of Emerging Markets; and the foreign investors are showing keen interest in Pakistan. China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), is a game changer with $54 billion investment portfolio, that would not only benefit Pakistan but would bring about regional economic integration.

“Security of Pakistan has significantly improved, and I pay tribute to our government, civil and armed law enforcement agencies, and the resilient people of Pakistan to successfully face the challenge of terrorism."

On Pakistan-UK relations, the High Commissioner underscored the importance of deep rooted bilateral ties, and informed that last year our exports to the UK registered an 8% growth; which according to him is another manifestation of our mutually beneficial relations.

The High Commissioner also shared the details of the planned celebrations for the 70th Independence Anniversary of Pakistan. He invited the community to participate in celebrations as proud Pakistanis. The High Commissioner also commended the role of the community in development and progress of Pakistan and the UK.

Minister Pir Sadruddin Rashidi, in his remarks on the occasion, shared the details of his UK visit with the community and appreciated the consular services being provided at the High Commission and the Consulates of Pakistan. On behalf of the government, he assured the community of addressing their issues on priority. The Minister also acknowledged the positive role of the diaspora.

The guests were served with traditional Pakistani brunch.

Similar events were held at other four Consulates of Pakistan in Birmingham, Bradford, Glasgow and Manchester.

































Exhibition on the "Art, Culture and Heritage of Pakistan" celebrating the 70th Anniversary of Pakistan's Independence organized in Beijing


An exhibition celebrating the “Art, Culture and Heritage of Pakistan" is being held at the prestigious Zhengyangmen Museum, Beijing in collaboration with China World Peace Foundation.

The exhibition showcases the art work of Pakistan’s leading artist, Mr. Jimmy Engineer. The exhibition includes one hundred paintings and sketches of Jimmy Engineer depicting (a) Pakistan's history and its Independence; (b) Our architectural heritage; (c) Pakistani Landscape (d) Promoting Peace and Harmony; and (e) Sketches of Chinese prominent personalities and historical figures.

The opening ceremony of the exhibition was held on 22 March 2017 at Zhengyangmen Museum, Beijing. Ambassador (Retd) Sha Zukang, President of China-Pakistan Friendship Association was the chief guest on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, Ambassador of Pakistan to China, Mr. Masood Khalid highlighted the importance of people-to-people contacts and cultural connectivity between Pakistan and China. The art exhibition is an indication of the growing cultural cooperation between the two countries. He thanked the Chinese government for its support to the exhibition.

The inaugural ceremony of the art exhibition was attended by a large number of people including officials from the Chinese government, intellectuals, influential people from the civil society and members of the Pakistani community.

The art exhibition is part of the year long activities being organized by the Embassy of Pakistan in Beijing to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Pakistan's Independence.

















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Pakistan’s Participation in the London’s New Year’s Parade


Pakistan High Commission, London, first time ever, participated in the world’s largest street Parade, the annual iconic London’s New Year’s Day Parade on 1 January 2017. This was the first instance in the Parades over three decades history that any Diplomatic Mission participated.

Some 600,000 people lined up and watched the Parade on streets. Our participation comprising display of dancing horses, qawali, folk music, Kalaash dance and playing of national songs was greatly appreciated.

The Parade was covered by BBC, Sky News, Euro news and other leading local and ethnic outlets giving extensive coverage to the event. There were more than 8500 performers from 20 countries, with 300 TV channels airing the event live to 30 million viewers worldwide.

Repeated announcement that this year marks the 70th Anniversary of Pakistan’s Independence was met with huge cheers from the crowd. Our theme of ‘Emerging Pakistan’ widely resonated among the audience.

Participation in the Parade was the first in a series of planned calendar of activities by the High Commission to celebrate the 70th Independence Anniversary of Pakistan throughout 2017, under the theme – Emerging Pakistan.




Pakistan Fashion Week London


High Commissioner commends the work of Pakistani fashion designers

H.E. Syed Ibne Abbas, Pakistan High Commissioner to the UK commended the work of Pakistani fashion designers who displayed their fabulous designs at the Grand Finale Catwalk Show on 27 November 2016. It was the 10th Edition of Pakistan Fashion Week (PFW) in London.

The High Commissioner appreciated the hard work and passion of both the experienced and the budding designers and said Pakistan is full of talented people who are making their mark in the world. He said the High Commission has planned a series of events for the 70th Independence Anniversary of Pakistan and offered the PFW a partnership for a fashion show on a larger scale next year. He also commended the organizers, the models and the volunteers for putting together such a wonderful show.

Ambassador Tehmina Janjua, the Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the UN, Geneva, also spoke on the occasion. She praised the talent of Pakistan in various fields and urged the diaspora to project the positive side of Pakistan abroad.

PFW10 London presented the latest collections from 36 of Pakistan's leading and emerging fashion designers. It was a fusion of design that presented Pakistani fashion’s stunning heritage and flair in a western context.
























Pakistan Embassy participates in 2016 "Love Knows No Borders-Building bridges for heart-to-heart connectivity" International Charity Bazar


Annual International Charity Bazar “Love knows no borders – building bridges for heart-to-heart connectivity” was held in Beijing on 22 October 2016 under the auspices of Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Madame Qian Wei, wife of Foreign Minister Wang Yi, was the chief organizer while Foreign Minister Wang Yi was the chief guest and visited Embassy’s stall after the inauguration ceremony. The eighty eight diplomatic missions and representatives of the international organizations participated in the day long event. Ladies of the Embassy of Pakistan Beijing actively participated and set up one of the largest stalls displaying traditional Pakistani handicrafts, decorative items and cuisine.

A substantive amount of sale proceeds of the Pakistan Embassy stall was donated for the charity to build bridges for poverty-stricken areas in Lingyun and Tianlin counties in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.














In a first ever event of its kind in Berlin, the Pakistan Embassy organized the screening of Pakistani film "Manto" at the Babylon Berlin on 30th September 2016. The movie (shown with English language subtitles) was watched by a large audience including Diplomats, German intelligentsia and opinion-makers, Pakistani Diaspora, students and media. They appreciated the performance of actors as well as the quality of script and cinematography.

The Pride of Performance award winning director/actor Mr. Sarmad Sultan Khosat, who was especially invited to Berlin for the film ceremony, also spoke on the occasion and appreciated the efforts of the Embassy with regards to promotion of Pakistani art & culture.

The film is based on the life and struggle of legendary Urdu writer Saadat Hasan Manto, who in his provocative short stories challenged the established social values and attitudes. The film beautifully described the struggle of a man driven to despair when denied his true passion and moral choices of society that jeopardize bonds of blood and love.

Ambassador Jauhar Saleem, while addressing the audience, highlighted the thriving of Art & Cultural scene in Pakistan with a large number of cultural events attracting diverse audiences. He added that screening of the film “Manto” is part of the Embassy’s efforts for promotion of Pakistani art & culture to show the world the factual image of Pakistan.

A sampling of Pakistani cuisine was served on the occasion and was much appreciated by the guests.




















Pakistan-South Africa relations are increasing with a steady pace



"Pakistan-South Africa relations are increasing with a steady pace", Rana Tanvir Hussain, the Federal Minister of Defence Production and Science and Technology of the Government of Pakistan, observed in Pretoria,today. He stated this after holding a detailed bilateral meeting with Ms. Mapisa-Nqakula, the Defence Minister of South Africa. Both Ministers discussed a wide range of bilateral relations including those in the fields of economic, investment, defence and defence production.

Both Ministers reviewed bilateral relations especially in the Defence and Defence related fields and expressed satisfaction over the steady pace of increasing relations between the two friendly countries. The 5th Session of Pakistan-South Africa Joint Commission, at the raised level of Deputy Foreign Minister, has been scheduled to take place in Islamabad in late November, 2016. The entire gamut of Pakistan-South Africa relations will be reviewed and discussed while exploring additional avenues of cooperation.

Minister Nqakula while accepting an invitation to pay a bilateral visit to Pakistan in November this year announced that the Office of Defence Attache in Islamabad would soon be established so as to follow up on bilateral defence related matters expeditiously. The Minister revealed that the new Defence Attache of South Africa will assume charge of his duties in Islamabad by the end of 2016. Minister Hussain welcomed the news and stated that Pakistan attached utmost importance to its relations with the friendly country of South Africa. Both Ministers also agreed to avail of the opportunity of excellent training facilities availablein Pakistan for South African army personnel. Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Ch. Jaffar Iqbal and High Commissioner Najm us Saqib accompanied the Minister.

Minister Rana Tanveer Hussain is presently in South Africa at the invitation of Minister Nqakula to attend the 2016 Africa Aerospace & Defence (AAD) Exhibition, scheduled from 14-18 September, 2016.

The Minister and his delegation witnessed the aerial and static display of Super Mushshaq aircraft along with various foreign dignitaries. A presentation on promotion of JF-17 Thunder aircraft was also organized during the Exhibition, which was attended by local and foreign media as well.

Later, Minister Rana Tanveer visited the Pakistan Pavilion beautifully decorated by Pakistan Air Force (PAF), Pakistan Ordnance Factory (POF), Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC), Defence Export Promotion Organization (DEPO), National Transport Research Centre (NTRC), Pakistan Business Aviation and Liaquat Corporation. The Minister also held detailed meetings with the South African defence related companies Denel and Paramount Group and discussed bilateral defence production matters with the respective CEOs.


Pretoria
15 September, 2016




Hon. Rana Tanveer Hussain, Minister for Defence Production with Hon. Ms. Mapisa-Nqakula, Minister of Defence of South Africa after holding bilateral talks in Pretoria - 15 Sep, 2016



Hon. Rana Tanveer Hussain, Minister for Defence Production with Hon. Ms. Mapisa-Nqakula, Minister of Defence of South Africa along with their delegations, Pretoria - 15 September, 2016



Parliamentary Secretary Hon. Ch. Mohammad Jaffar Iqbal, Hon. Rana Tanveer Hussain and His Excellency, Najm us Saqib, High Commissioner visiting AAD-16 Exhibition in Pretoria - 15 September, 2016



Hon. Rana Tanveer Hussain being briefed at Pakistan Air Force Pavilion in AAD-2016 Exhibition in Pretoria - 15 September, 2016



Hon. Rana Tanveer Hussain and Parliamentary Secretary Hon. Ch. Mohammad Jaffar Iqbal being briefed at Pakistan Ordnance Factory’s Pavilion in AAD-2016 Exhibition in Pretoria - 15 September, 2016



Hon. Rana Tanveer Hussain and his delegation in talks with CEO of Paramount Group in Pretoria - 15 September, 2016



Wing Cdr. Shaharyar Shahi who flew the Super Mushshak aircraft during AAD-2016 Exhibition in Pretoria - 15 September, 2016










All Pakistan Missions Abroad celebrated 70th Independence Day of Pakistan


All Pakistan Missions Abroad celebrated Pakistan Independence Day with a lot of zeal and fervor. Messages of the President and the Prime Minister were also read out to the Pakistan community residing abroad. The events were attended by a large number of Pakistani community members.


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ALFS - Asia-Pacific Festival and Charity Bazaar-2015


The Embassy of Pakistan participated in the Annual Asia-Pacific Festival and Charity Bazaar which was organized by the Asia-Pacific Ladies Friendship Society (ALFS) at a local hotel.

The Embassy set up its stall exhibiting Pakistani items including shawls, carpets, handicrafts of wood and marble to raise funds for welfare and disaster relief in Asian and Pacific Countries. A second Pakistani food stall served traditional cuisine, which was greatly appreciated by hundreds of visitors.

The Bazaar was graced by Her Imperial Highness Princess Hitachi who visited Pakistani stall and bought a shawl. First Lady of Japan Madame Akie Abe also visited Pakistan stall and purchased an onyx vase. Leading Pakistani educationist and philanthropist Ms. Seema Aziz, Chairperson CARE Pakistan was also present.

(http://www.pakistanembassytokyo.com/content/alfs-asia-pacific-festival-and-charity-bazaar-2015)
































Chicago Consulate of Pakistan

Growing up in Pakistan we develop a keen eye to detect the negative aspect of almost everything. Over time, we sharpen our skills so much so that even the positives also look negative.

If asked about one of the worst days of your life, you as a Pakistani — aside from health-related emergencies or a financial crisis — would almost always recount the time you were humiliated in a government office while applying for a passport, filing a complaint in the police station, getting the electricity bill fixed, or updating the address at a NADRA office. To cope with the psychological trauma inflicted by clerical staff, people go through the same five stages of grief as they would upon the diagnosis of, let us say, terminal cancer. First of all is the denial phase. “How could he [the clerk] delay such a simple process?” the victims complain. It is quickly followed by anger in which the applicant tries to intimidate the official by screaming at the top of his lungs, or by threatening to take up the matter to senior executives or by warning the staff of the consequences. But, the truth is that these hollow warnings never work. People blow their fuse in theses offices everyday. Employees know the routine well and they just ignore complaints. So after the wave of anger has receded, while the file has not moved an inch forward, the reality sets in, and people cover the next three stages — depression, bargaining and acceptance — fairly quickly.

Do you know very well what I mean by bargaining? In simple terms, you negotiate a price that will satisfy everyone from the peon to the director to get the ball rolling. It does not matter to them if you took a day off from work, wasted hours on public transport and spent hundreds of rupees to file your application. If the ‘surcharge’ is not paid, your request will be denied with a strange objection on it. For example, he might say the backside of the copy of your national identification card is not attested, even though the front has been signed off; the picture looks too dark while it is not any different from other documents; or the application requires four copies of your passport while you have submitted just three.

The only way to avoid this embarrassment or paying the ‘premium’ is to by-pass them altogether by approaching a senior, more powerful officer, in the same department through your personnel connections. Sometimes you do know the right person and get lucky. But, mostly you don’t, which means you are at the mercy of maniacs waiting to pounce on your vulnerability. The worse part is that their notoriety transcends beyond the physical boundaries of Pakistan. Stories circulate about how people were ignored or mistreated by the staff in overseas embassies and consulates. Even for simple tasks like the renewal of passports, Pakistanis look for a ‘source’ to circumvent the procedure and avoid unnecessary delays or humiliation.

We expected the same treatment from the Chicago Consulate of Pakistan when a few weeks ago we applied for Pakistani visas for my children. The process, according to the consulate, takes four-five weeks. The problem was not that we did not have a few weeks, we did. It was only that we did not have more than a few months in our hands. A single objection could easily push the application back by a fortnight, spoiling our plans. We were nervous that they would tell us how we forgot to sign the first page of the form or did not get the sixth page notarised. Should we call the Consulate General and ask for help or take our chances? That was our dilemma.

After brooding over it for a couple of days, we decided to take our chances and sent the application. As an extra step of caution, we called the consulate to say we would appreciate if the application could be processed faster. Five days later, a knock on the by FedEx surprised us delivering our passports, visas stamped, no ‘surcharge’ paid, no ‘source’ required. It was unbelievable.

Impressed both by the courtesy and the efficiency of the office, I called the Consulate General of Pakistan in Chicago, Faisal Trimizi, a career diplomat and a gentleman, to share my experience. “People call me all the time to expedite their application. I tell them you don’t need my help,” he said. “Just let me know if you encounter any trouble.” He sounded confident that his staff would not delay or turn down the application without a good reason. “People from all over the US want to apply through our consulate.” He later on added. I do not doubt that because every Pakistani I have met in the last few months who had to deal with Chicago was raving about their experience. “The staff was respectful and friendly,” a friend of mine told me who had to get a new passport in 24 hours. “I got it and flew the following morning.”

I know growing up in Pakistan we develop a keen eye to detect the negative aspect of almost everything. Over time, we sharpen our skills so much so that even the positives also look negative. Probably, it is our way of giving back to the community what we get from it: stubborn unhealthy scepticism and paranoia. It is therefore understandable that that we find it hard to appreciate if only a few out of many government offices perform their duties well. Don’t get me wrong, we are very good at sycophancy but I am not talking about that. I am talking about the admiration the whole team deserves, like the Chicago Consulate of Pakistan, when they take an extra step to bring ease in your life.


The writer is a US-based freelance columnist. He tweets at @KaamranHashmi and can be reached at skamranhashmi@gmail.com


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