“Consuls General Conference” held at Pakistan High Commission


LONDON: In his first formal official meeting with the senior Pakistani diplomatic officials here at the High Commission on Monday, Pakistan’s new High Commissioner Sahebzada Ahmed Khan invited participants to express their views on their departments ‘working and briefed them about his new strategy to highlight the image of the country in Britain.
According to sources, Pak UK relations, Pakistan’s prevailing situation, various ways to highlight Pak image and foremost the Kashmir issue were discussed during the meeting lasted several hours.
The Consuls General Conference convened at the High Commission and Consuls General from Birmingham, Bradford, Manchester and Glasgow as well as the officers of the High Commission attended the Conference.
A PHC spokesman told ‘The Nation’ that the Conference covered a broad agenda including bilateral political and trade relations with the UK, improvements in efficient consular services delivery to the community, outreach to the Diaspora with special focus on youth engagement and cultural and digital diplomacy.
The Consuls General apprised the High Commissioner of the functioning of their respective Consulates and outlined their plans for the future.
They also informed about the matters related to the community. The High Commissioner gave the Consuls General an elaborate plan for the future. He advised the Consuls General to step up their efforts to enhance bilateral trade with the UK and adopt a more proactive approach in attracting the Direct Foreign Investment to Pakistan, especially when there is a huge scope for it in the context of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
In this regard, he asked the Consuls General to enhance their interaction with the local Chambers of Commerce and Industry and big businesses.
He particularly underscored the need for early scoping out the contours of Pakistan-UK economic and trade relations, post Brexit. The High Commissioner emphasized on raising awareness about the human rights violations and atrocities by the security forces in Indian Occupied Kashmir(IOK), in light of the recent ‘Report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).
On youth engagement, the High Commissioner said he would be visiting various academic institutions to meet with the Pakistani students to initiate a discourse on matters of common interest. He particularly emphasized on arranging sports and cultural events to engage with the youth.
It was a day-long Conference in which all important issues relating to the community and bilateral relations between Pakistan and the UK were discussed in detail.