Lord Tariq discusses issues of mutual concern with Pak ministers

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ISLAMABAD: British Minister of State for Commonwealth and United Nations Lord Tariq Ahmad of Wimbledon arrived in Islamabad on Monday and held a meeting with Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi.

Qureshi underlined the need for increased cooperation in trade, investment and education spheres. He acknowledged assistance of UK’s Department for International Development for advancement of education and health sectors in Pakistan.

The Foreign Minister appreciated the invaluable contribution made by the Pakistani Diaspora in the United Kingdom, especially in deepening people-to-people contacts.

Shah MahmoodQureshi also briefed him on the immense potential and opportunities for tourism in Pakistan and steps taken by the government to promote this sector.

According to sources, Pakistani foreign minister also highlighted the prevailing situation of human rights violations what he called the perpetrated by the Indian security forces in the Jammu and Kashmir.

“Situation in Indian held Kashmir is very dangerous especially following the suicide attack in Pulwama and now the Indian forces are taking revenge by killing innocent Kashmiris and destroying their houses and other properties”, he claimed adding that Britain must come forward to stop these inhuman activities by the Indian forces.

Lord Tariq Ahmad lauded the government’s reform agenda in socio-economic sectors and recognized the improved security situation in the country. He briefed on the prospects of post-Brexit trade and assured his government’s continued support in this regard.

He also stressed upon the need to further intensify cooperation at the multilateral fora, including at the UN and the Commonwealth of Nations, in particular in the fields of cyber-security, environment and human rights.

Lord Tariq Ahmad expressed desire to work closely with the Government of Pakistan and the Pakistani Diaspora in UK to further deepen bilateral ties. On Kashmir issue, he reiterated policy of British Government and reportedly said that Pakistan and India should resolve this issue through dialogue amicably.

British High Commissioner Thomas Drew was also present during the meeting. Lord Tariq Ahmad also held meetings with other ministers and a detailed report on his visit will be published in next edition.