‘Defence Day’ Reception at the Pakistan High Commission, Canberra

 

The ‘Defence Day’ Reception was held today at the Pakistan High Commission, Canberra. It was attended by a large number of Australian armed forces personnel, diplomats, Defence Attaches, government officials and Pakistani community members. The Day was celebrated in solidarity with the people of Kashmir.

Welcoming the guests, High Commissioner His Excellency Mr. Babar Amin stated that Pakistan-Australia bilateral relations were mutually beneficial and were based on the common desire for promoting regional and global peace, security and prosperity. He mentioned that Pakistan and Australia enjoyed strong cooperation in defence and security domains as well.

The High Commissioner also highlighted the plight of eight million Kashmiris in the Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IOJ&K) where curfew had been clamped down accompanied by blackout and economic shutdown for more than a month. This has resulted in acute shortage of food, medicines and essential supplies. He urged the international community to take effective measures to avert the humanitarian crisis in the Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir and to speak up for their human rights.

The High Commissioner reiterated Prime Minister Imran Khan’s statement that Pakistan would continue to extend political, diplomatic and moral support to the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

Defence Adviser, Brig. Muhammad Asim Khan also spoke at the occasion and briefed about the professional strengthens of the armed forces of Pakistan. He also highlighted the global peace keeping operations and contributions of Pakistan Army in the international fight against terrorism.

The Australian Military Academy Band played National Anthems of Pakistan and Australia. They also played the tune of Pakistan’s popular Qawali of late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan ‘Dam Mast Mast’ which was highly liked by the participants.

The guests were served with traditional Pakistani cuisine.

Canberra

06 September 2019

Pakistan Day Ceremony at Pakistan High Commission

 

A simple and dignified flag hoisting ceremony was today held at the High Commission for Pakistan, Canberra to mark the Independence Day. The ceremony commenced with the recitation from Holy Quran, followed by playing of national anthem, while High Commissioner Babar Amin hoisted the flag.

Messages of the President and the Prime Minister for the occasion were read out to the participants.

Speaking at the ceremony, High Commissioner Babar Amin stated that the Independence Day reminded us of the enormous sacrifices of our forefathers to win a sovereign country so that the Muslims of South Asia may live in freedom without fear and coercion and not be discriminated on religion, culture or social ethos.

Highlighting the gravity of the situation in the IOK, the High Commissioner stated that this Independence Day was being observed in solidarity with our Kashmiri brethren. He said that the Kashmiris and the People and Government of Pakistan have rejected the recent illegal actions to alter IOK’s status and demography as these were in violation of the international law and UN Security Council’s Resolutions. He also drew attention to the massive clampdown in IOK, under curfew, denying Kashmiris access to food, essential supplies, emergency health services, means to livelihood and cutting them from the world by closing of telephone, internet and transport etc. The High Commissioner called upon the international community to play its role in holding plebiscite in Kashmir to allow Kashmiris to exercise their right to self-determination. He also drew attention towards the grave human rights violations in IOK as reported by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and other International Human Rights Groups.

The High Commissioner also briefed the participants about Pakistan’s fast emergence in political, economic and international spheres. He mentioned that the reforms introduced by the government were strengthening Pakistan’s economy and boosted the investor’s confidence, providing a sound and reliable base for country’s growth.

The High Commissioner expressed satisfaction at the close friendly relations and cooperation between Pakistan and Australia in the bilateral and multilateral spheres.

Special prayers were offered on the occasion for the progress and prosperity of Pakistan and for the realization of the aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir for their inalienable right to self-determination.

The event was very well attended by many Pakistani and Kashmiri community members from Canberra, Sydney and adjoining areas.

Canberra

14 August 2019

 

High Commissioner for Pakistan calls on the Governor of Queensland

 

High Commissioner for Pakistan to Australia, His Excellency Mr. Babar Amin, called on the State Governor, His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC., during his official visit at the invitation of Queensland’s government.

The High Commissioner conveyed his greetings and best wishes to the Governor for his good health, happiness and well-being as well as for the progress and prosperity of the people of Queensland. He expressed the desire to further strengthen the multifaceted cooperation between Pakistan and Queensland.

The High Commissioner highlighted the various aspects of close friendly relationship between Pakistan and Australia and emphasized on the need to further strengthen trade and economic cooperation. He pointed out the numerous areas of potential cooperation between Queensland and different provinces and cities of Pakistan.

The High Commissioner briefed the Governor about the human rights violations being perpetrated in the Indian Occupied Kashmir in the backdrop of the recent international reports on the subject including that of the OHCHR.

His Excellency, the Governor expressed thanked the High Commissioner for the kind sentiments. The Governor appreciated the success that Pakistan had achieved in stamping out terrorism and corruption. He acknowledged the level of development Pakistan had attained after partition. He expressed the hope that the relations between Queensland and Pakistan would be further strengthened in future. He said that, he firmly believes in the mutually beneficial cooperation with Pakistan in different fields. He also expressed hope that province to province cooperation between Queensland and provinces of Pakistan would be beneficial to both sides. He offered his full support in this regard.

Canberra

18 July 2019

 

High Commissioner for Pakistan’s luncheon meeting with Minster for Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs, Government of Queensland, the Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe MP

 

High Commissioner for Pakistan to Australia, His Excellency Mr. Babar Amin was hosted over a luncheon meeting on behalf of the State Premier by the Minster for Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs, Government of Queensland, the Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe MP.

The lunch was also attended by prominent businessmen, industrialists and expatriate community members in Queensland. During the luncheon meeting, issues of mutual interest on a wide gamut of bilateral cooperation were discussed.

The High Commissioner thanked the Minister for the warm hospitality by the state of Queensland and briefed him about bilateral cooperation in the areas of trade, economy, agriculture, education, water management. He expressed the desire to strengthen pragmatic cooperation between Pakistan’s provinces and state of Queensland including establishing sister province-state and sister city relations.

The High Commissioner highlighted the numerous opportunities for trade and investment. He urged the Minister to encourage Queensland businesses to invest in Pakistan. He also invited the Minister to visit Pakistan with a delegation soon.

Minister Stirling Hinchliffe applauded the contributions of the Pakistani community in Queensland. He appreciated the Pakistani diaspora for their hard work and commitment to the development of Queensland. He hoped that these ties of mutual benefit would further grow and strengthen with time. The Minister assured the High Commissioner that he would encourage Queensland businessmen to look for opportunities in Pakistan for investment. He lauded the high educational standard of Pakistani students studying in Queensland Universities. Mr. Hinchliffe suggested that besides the Universities in Brisbane, Pakistani Universities may also consider entering in cooperation arrangements with other regional Universities of Queensland. He also supported the proposal to establish sister institutional relations.

He thanked the High Commissioner for visiting Queensland and accepted his invitation to visit Pakistan with a delegation at the opportune moment soon.

Earlier a team of senior officials from the Department of Premier and Cabinet had an in-depth discussion with the High Commissioner on enhancement of cooperation between Pakistan and Queensland.

Canberra

18 July 2019

 

 

Global Leaders studying at the Macquarie International University, Sydney visited Pakistan High Commission

 

A 26 members student delegation led by Ms. Anneke Rowe, Manager of the Global Leadership Programme of International Macquarie University, visited Pakistan High Commission today. The visit was organised in continuation of the High Commissioner’s initiative to reach out to different universities in Australia. The students who represented different faculties are part of the Macquarie University’s Global Leadership Programme.

Welcoming the students, Dr. Khalid Ejaz, the Deputy High Commissioner for Pakistan commended the students for being part of the Global leadership Programme and visiting Pakistan High Commission on a study tour. Later, the students were given an informative presentation by Counsellor, Mr. Aamer Ahmed Atozai on Pakistan covering areas such as the history and civilizational heritage, tourism and adventure sports opportunities, strategic importance, bilateral relations with Australia, Pakistan’s efforts for the establishment of peace in the region and Kashmir issue. The students were also briefed on the efforts of the current Government in Pakistan for betterment of relations with all neighbouring countries and the economy in Pakistan.

The students expressed keen interest in the presentation and asked pertinent questions regarding different aspects of Pakistan at the end of the presentation. The students were served refreshments at the end of the programme.

Canberra
18 July 2019

 

Consul Generals Conference at Pakistan High Commission, Canberra

 

A Consul Generals conference was held at the Pakistan High Commission, Canberra chaired by the High Commissioner for Pakistan, Mr. Babar Amin.

Consul General Sydney, Mr. Abdul Majid Yousfani, Consul General Melbourne Mr. Sardar Adnan Rashid, Honorary Investment Counsellor, Mr. Hasan Kanji and officers of the High Commission attended the conference.

The meeting took a review of the consular work and services being rendered by the Missions in Sydney and Melbourne to the Pakistani diaspora. The Consul Generals briefed the High Commissioner on the future line of action in different fields of activities. The meeting also reviewed the existing level of bilateral cooperation in the fields economic and trade, education, culture, sports, tourism projection and science and technology.

The Honorary Investment Counsellor also gave his inputs on trade, economic and investment promotion between the two countries and efforts that are underway.

The High Commissioner while appreciating the efforts of the Consul Generals stressed that, the Consulates should be unrelenting in their efforts to fulfil consular needs of the community and remain available to provide better and hassle-free consular services. The High Commissioner added that, Pakistani Community living abroad is keen to participate in the economic development, progress and prosperity of Pakistan and should be encouraged. He also emphasized the need to prioritize economic, trade, education, collaboration in science and technology, tourism and projection of Pakistan’s soft image.

Canberra

10 July 2019

Pakistani Doctors’ Forum in Canberra

 

A Forum of Doctors of Pakistani descent was held at the High Commission of Pakistan, Canberra, which was largely attended by doctors from various states of Australia. Welcoming the delegates, High Commissioner Babar Amin lauded the services of Pakistani diaspora in Australia to their country. He especially praised the Pakistani doctors for their contributions in the health sector and projecting a positive image of Pakistan through their high-quality professionalism.

The Agenda of the meeting included Pakistan – Australia collaboration in joint medical research, Linkages between the Medical Universities of the two countries, opportunities for Pakistani nurses, paramedics and allied health workers, export prospects for Pakistani pharmaceutical, surgical and dental products and medical camps/ relief works in Pakistan and Australia’s South Pacific neighbors.   The High Commissioner informed the participants about existing potential in these areas and the various initiatives already taken about some of the Agenda points. He urged the Pakistani doctors to advise and assist the High Commission in achieving these objectives.

Presentations were made at the Forum by Dr. Khizar Tauseef Ashraf (Sydney) on Joint Research Potential, Dr. Yousaf Haroon Ahmad (Victoria) Nurses and Allied Health, Dr. Majid Gondal (Melbourne) on Family Medicine, Dr. Shahbaz (Melbourne) on Relief Work, Dr. Ishtiaq (Gold Coast) on Follow up Methodology, while Dr. Nadeem Siddiqui (Canberra) and Dr. Ahmed Khan (Bendigo) also made presentations about their medical charity and voluntary work in Pakistan. The diplomats of the High Commission, Consul General Sydney and Consul General Melbourne also participated. Sardar Adnan Rasheed CG Melbourne also made a presentation on the scope for cooperation in the field of Nuclear Medicine.

All the delegates actively participated in the discussion session after the presentations. They appreciated the conduct of the Doctors’ Forum which provided an opportunity for brainstorming and deliberation on various issues in a structured manner and draw practical and workable suggestions. The delegates opined that the Forum helped galvanize the Pakistani doctors’ community for developing a road map and a Plan of Action. The outcome and recommendations of the Forum were formulated on the basis of the views expressed by the participants. 

Canberra

8 July 2019

Meeting of the High Commissioner with Mr. Mike Lawson, Deputy Secretary, Industry and Innovation Department

 

High Commissioner Babar Amin held a meeting with Mr. Mike Lawson, Deputy Secretary and Dr. Gino Grassia, General Manager, International Branch at the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (DII&S), today.

The High Commissioner highlighted that the Government of Pakistan was focused on enhancing collaboration in Industrial Innovation and Science with friendly countries like Australia for developing a robust and vibrant brain economy in the country. The High Commissioner briefed the DII&S’ Senior Officials on his discussions with various Australian stakeholders such as the DFAT, Department of Health, Department of Environment & Energy, CSIRO, ACIAR, TAFE etc for development of a bilateral Cooperation Framework to increase collaboration in science, technology, education and skills development sectors. He also evinced interest in becoming part of Australian Innovation Linkages Programme.

The High Commissioner further underscored that the Pakistan was looking for investment by Australian companies in the Special Economic Zones (SEZs) and invited them to establish a Hi-Tech Park within the SEZs. Pakistan, he said, offered opportunities for processing of rare metals like lithium, cobalt and nickel from Australia, which could be re-exported after value addition. The High Commissioner informed about the proposed Pakistan Minerals and Mining Road Show in Australia in the near future.  He also invited Australian Venture Capital to invest in Innovation and Scientific research in Pakistan.  The High Commissioner drew attention towards the opportunities available for Australian businesses to setup food processing industry in Pakistan.

Mr. Mike Lawson appreciated the existing scientific collaboration between Australia and Pakistan and acknowledged the need for its enhancement. He mentioned that the joint researches, which were carried out by scholars of the two countries, were being cited in various scientific journals. He further emphasized that the Department of Industry and Innovation would like to see increased engagement with Pakistani stakeholders for benefiting the two countries.

Mr. Lawson noted with keen interest, the opportunities for Australian Venture Capital in Innovation and Research in Pakistan.  He offered to bring together Australian Companies to attend Pakistan’s Mineral and Mining Road Show in future.  He also welcomed Pakistan’s Research institutions to benefit from Australian International Collaboration and Global Innovation Linkages Programme.

Canberra

5 July 2019

High Commissioner for Pakistan’s meeting with the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment for South Australia

The High Commissioner for Pakistan, Mr. Babar Amin, met the Honurable David Ridgway MLC, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment of South Australia in his office.

The High Commissioner briefed the Honourable Minister about trade and investment opportunities in Pakistan and urged him to encourage investors from South Australia to invest in Pakistan in the mining, gas, oil exploration and infrastructure development projects. He added that Pakistan would also welcome joint ventures with the Australian companies for the vocational and technical training of Pakistani youthful work force. Pakistan has provided trained work force in the I.T sector for the Silicon Valley, Microsoft and other I.T companies, Australia can also benefit from Pakistan by exploring Joint Ventures in these sectors.

The High Commissioner emphasised interaction at higher level for promotion of trade and invited the Honurable Minister to visit Pakistan. He also briefed the Minister regarding the new tourism policy in Pakistan and how Pakistan is emerging as one of the favourite destinations of foreign tourists. The High Commissioner expressed his desire to learn from the best practices in the field of tourism from Australia.

The Minister thanked the High Commissioner for the briefing and discussed different aspects of cooperation between the two countries and the means of enhancing them especially in the domains of business, trade, investment and tourism.

Canberra 

19 June 2019

High Commissioner for Pakistan’s meeting with the Chief Operating Officer, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute

The High Commissioner for Pakistan, Mr. Babar Amin, met Ms. Amanda Mcllroy, the Chief Operating Officer, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute in her office.

The High Commissioner briefed the Chief Operating Officer about the new ‘health vision’ programme of the government in Pakistan and how the government is focused on providing better health care and medical attention to people. He added that, joint research programmes with foreign governments have also been identified as a key area under the ‘health vision’ and Pakistan therefore offers tremendous opportunities for collaborative research with Australia in the medical and paramedical sectors.

The High Commissioner said that, there is a significant Pakistani medical fraternity working in Australia, and in this effort, doctors of Pakistani descent can play an active role. He urged the Chief Operating Officer to explore potential sectors and partners for joint medical research and other projects in Pakistan.

The Chief Operating Officer thanked the High Commissioner for the briefing and also briefed the High Commissioner about different aspects of research and education at the Institute. She assured that, there are ample joint research opportunities with Pakistan in different fields and that her Institute would like to build long-term relations with the counterpart Institutes in Pakistan for the common benefit.

Canberra 

19 June 2019

 

High Commissioner for Pakistan’s meeting with Acting Vice Chancellor of the University of Adelaide

The High Commissioner for Pakistan, Mr. Babar Amin, met the Acting Vice-Chancellor of Adelaide University Prof Michael Brook in his office.

The High Commissioner lauded the commendable academic cooperation that exists between Pakistan and Australia. He added that Pakistan and Australia have developed a long-term partnership in higher education which provides an excellent opportunity for collaboration in research and short and long-term training programmes for capacity building.

He added that this long-term partnership in higher education can further be expanded into collaboration in research and short and long-term training programmes for capacity building.

The High Commissioner urged the Acting Vice-Chancellor to further promote cooperation with Pakistan in the fields of higher education; vocational education and training; skill development for Pakistani organisations and institutional linkages between educational institutions.

The High Commissioner further informed that Pakistan has over 13,000 students studying in Australia including Higher Education Commission (HEC) scholars and Australian Award recipients. These students have been contributing to the progress of Australia and Pakistan in a tremendous way and are a significant link between the two countries. He encouraged the Vice-Chancellor to start the student exchange programme with leading universities in Pakistan.

The Vice Chancellor appreciated the High Commissioner for visiting the University and also briefed the High Commissioner about different aspects of research and education at the University’s campus. He assured that, there are ample joint research opportunities with Pakistan in different fields and that his University would like to build long-term relations with different universities in Pakistan for the common benefit.

Canberra 

19 June 2019

 

 

 

High Commissioner for Pakistan’s meeting with the Minister for Environment & Water

The High Commissioner for Pakistan, Mr. Babar Amin, met with the Honourable David Speirs MP, Minister for Environment and Water in his office.

The High Commissioner briefed the Minister and said that, Pakistan and Australia have developed a long-term partnership in agriculture, water management and other related fields which provides an excellent opportunity for collaboration in short and long-term training programmes for capacity building and technical support in the related fields. He added that, Pakistan and Australia have a long history of working together on water conservation and management issues, which also provides a foundation for a strong water partnership with the government in South Australia. The High Commissioner urged the Minister to further build on this foundation and assist Pakistan implement South Australian water resource management technologies.

The High Commissioner also briefed the Minister regarding the new Environmental Policy in Pakistan and said that Pakistan would like to learn from the best practices adopted by the Department of Water and Environment to conserve, sustain the environment and prepare for a changing climate.

The Minister thanked the High Commissioner for the briefing and discussed different aspects of cooperation between the two countries and the means of enhancing them especially in the domains of water conservation and environment. He assured that, there are ample joint research opportunities with Pakistan in different fields and that his Department would like to build long-term relations with the counterpart Departments in Pakistan for the common benefit.

Canberra 

19 June 2019

 

High Commissioner for Pakistan calls on the Deputy Governor of South Australia

High Commissioner for Pakistan to Australia, His Excellency Mr. Babar Amin, called on His Excellency the Honourable Chief Justice, Chris Kourakis, the Deputy Governor for South Australia.

During the call, the High Commissioner conveyed greetings and best wishes from the people and government of Pakistan for the Governor’s good health, happiness and well-being. He expressed the desire of the Government of Pakistan to further strengthen the cordial relations with the State of South Australia. He further briefed the Deputy Governor on the status of bilateral relations between Pakistan and Australia and the possibilities that exist for cooperation between South Australia and different provinces of Pakistan.

His Excellency, the Deputy Governor expressed his gratitude to the people and government of Pakistan, for the kind sentiments and expressed the hope that the relations between South Australia and Pakistan would be further strengthened in future. He said that, he firmly believes in the mutually beneficial cooperation with Pakistan in different fields and offered courses to Pakistani judges in the National Judicial College of Australia which is situated in South Australia.

Canberra

18 June 2019

 

 

High Commissioner for Pakistan, Mr. Babar Amin calls on President of the Legislative Council and Speaker of the House of Assembly, South Australia

High Commissioner, Mr. Babar Amin called on the Honourable Andrew McLachlan CSC MLC, President of the Legislative Council and the Honourable Vincent Tarzia MP, Speaker of the House of Assembly of South Australia.

The High Commissioner expressed satisfaction at the longstanding friendly relations between Australia and Pakistan and said that Pakistan would like to further strengthen parliamentary and trade relations with the State of South Australia.

The High Commissioner briefed the President and Speaker about the existence of Pakistan-Australia parliamentary friendship group in the National Assembly and Senate of Pakistan and urged them to work towards the formation of similar groups in the Parliament of South Australia with provincial assemblies in Pakistan. He stressed on the need to enhance exchange of bilateral Parliamentary visits between both sides. The High Commissioner also highlighted the contribution of the Pakistani diaspora in the socio-economic and political environment in Australia. He added that, a Pakistani Consulate in Melbourne has been opened last year to look after the consular needs of the Pakistani diaspora living in Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia. The Consulate is yet another milestone in the ever-growing relations between Pakistan and Australia.

The President of the Legislative Council thanked the High Commissioner for the briefing and said that the Charter of the Commonwealth brings us together for upholding democracy, human rights and the rule of law. The Speaker of the House of Assembly appreciated the constructive role being played by the dynamic Pakistani Community in various spheres. He appreciated the proposal of the constitution of Parliamentary Friendship Group in the Parliament of South Australia and added that, such bilateral parliamentary cooperation afford both sides an opportunity to engage in mutually beneficial interactions.

Canberra

18 June 2019

 

Get together of Pakistani Community in Adelaide

High Commissioner for Pakistan, Mr. Babar Amin visited Adelaide. During his visit, he met and addressed Pakistani community at an event, Eid Al-Fitar function, organized by the Pakistani Australian Association of South Australia on Saturday, 15 June 2019. It was a very well attended event in which a large number of members of Pakistani community, parliamentarians, intelligentsia, academicians and media representatives participated. Hon. David Pisoni, Minister for Innovation and Skills, Hon. Katrine Hildyard, Shadow Minister for Recreation, Sports and Multicultural Affairs and Hon. Zoe Bettison, Shadow Minister for Trade, Tourism & Investment also attended the event.

The High Commissioner, while speaking on the occasion, appreciated the Pakistani community for its positive contribution to the development of Australia and urged them to continue to play its role in acting as a bridge in fostering closer relations between the two friendly countries. He further stated that under its current reforms agenda, the government has identified rule of law, transparency, promotion of merit-based policies and elimination of corruption as its prime targets and is well on its way to achieve high sustainable standards in these fields. He added that, the government has also introduced necessary reforms in the fields of education, healthcare, tourism, agriculture and other sectors which has resulted in the rapid and extensive economic turnaround. Continuing growth and reforms have strengthened Pakistan’s economy and boosted the investor’s confidence, providing a sound and reliable basis for enhanced trade and commerce. The High Commissioner expressed satisfaction over the status of bilateral cooperation.

The Honourable David Pisoni, MP, Minister for Innovations and skills in his remarks highlighted the importance of promoting bilateral relations including parliamentary exchanges and appreciated the positive role of Pakistani diaspora in the progress and prosperity of South Australia. He further emphasized the importance of multiculturalism and harmony within the Australian society. He lauded the services of Pakistani community elders and leaders in bringing social cohesion and dynamism to South Australia. The President of the Pakistani Australian Association of South Australia in his remarks applauded the High Commission for Pakistan for always being there to help and assist the community.

Canberra

17 June 2019

 

 

High Commissioner’s Meeting with Secretary Health

High Commissioner Babar Amin held a meeting with the Secretary, Department of Health, Ms. Glenys Beauchamp PSM, today. The High Commissioner highlighted that Pakistan and Australia historically enjoyed excellent relations. The High Commissioner stated that the current Government in Pakistan was focused on the economic development and welfare of the common people.

The High Commission was keen to explore potential sectors and partners in Australia for joint medical research, allied health, nursing and other projects in Pakistan. He stated that the research funding of the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan and Australian institutions could be utilized for mutually beneficial projects. Mentioning about the robust pharmaceutical and surgical instruments industry in Pakistan, he emphasized that huge potential for export of quality medicines and surgical goods to Australia existed; and requested Health Department’s support in meeting the regulatory requirements.

The High Commissioner also requested the Secretary Beauchamp to support establishment of an examination centre of Australian Medical Council (AMC) in Pakistan for Foreign Medical Graduates. The matter has already been raised by the High Commission with the AMC and is under its active considerations.

The Secretary appreciated the High Commissioner for reaching out to the Department of Health and bringing new ideas for collaboration and cooperation among Australian and Pakistani institutions and businesses. The Secretary assured that the proposals would be thoroughly examined, and the Department of Health would be willing to follow them with its concerned institutions. She also asked her aides to give the feedback and share relevant information with the High Commission.

Canberra

03 May 2019

 

High Commissioner for Pakistan’s meeting with Dr Geoffrey Shaw, High Commissioner-designate to Pakistan

Dr Geoffrey Shaw, High Commissioner-designate to Pakistan called on High Commissioner Babar Amin in his office today.

They discussed issues of mutual interests and way forward to further enhance bilateral political, economic and trade relations between Pakistan and Australia.

Canberra

2 May 2019

 

 

High Commissioner for Pakistan’s meeting with Senator Claire Mary Moore

The High Commissioner for Pakistan, Mr. Babar Amin met Senator Claire Mary Moore in Brisbane on 30 April 2019.

They discussed matters of mutual interest including Pakistan-Australia bilateral relations and the regional situation in the Asia-Pacific.

Canberra

03 May 2019

 

 

High Commissioner for Pakistan’s meeting with Dr. Elizabeth Woods, Director General Department of Agriculture & Fisheries, Queensland.

The High Commissioner for Pakistan, Mr. Babar Amin, met with Dr. Elizabeth Woods, Director General Department of Agriculture & Fisheries, Queensland in her office today.

The High Commissioner briefed the Director General that, Pakistan is an agricultural based country and agriculture is the main contributor towards the economy of Pakistan. Pakistan’s principal natural resources are arable land and water. Fishing industry is a main source of export income in Pakistan and plays an essential role to develop national economy. Pakistan with a coast line of 814 km still has many fish species which can be used to promote fish industry at national and international market. He further stated that, Pakistan has relished strong export achievement in fish products over the past years. This improvement has been assisted by private sector investment and technical support of international agencies.

The High Commissioner added that, Pakistan and Australia have developed a long-term partnership in agriculture and other related fields which provides an excellent opportunity for collaboration in short and long-term training programmes for capacity building and technical support in the related fields.

The Director General thanked the High Commissioner for the briefing and said that her Department is working towards a productive and profitable agriculture and fisheries sector by promoting sustainability and innovation. She assured that, her Department can positively look into working constructively with stakeholders in Pakistan for mutual benefit. She indicated enabling the workforce, managing risks and building resilience to improve market supply chains as possible areas for future cooperation.

Canberra

29 April 2019

 

 

 

High Commissioner for Pakistan’s meeting with Vice-Chancellor and President of Griffith University Queensland

The High Commissioner for Pakistan, Mr. Babar Amin, met the Vice-Chancellor and President of Griffith University Prof Carolyn Evansin in his office today.

The High Commissioner lauded the commendable academic cooperation that exists between Pakistan and Australia and especially with Griffith University. He added that Pakistan and Australia have developed a long-term partnership in higher education which provides an excellent opportunity for collaboration in research and short and long-term training programmes for capacity building.

The High Commissioner further informed that Pakistan has over 13,000 students studying in Australia including Higher Education Commission (HEC) scholars and Australian Award recipients. These students have been contributing to the progress of Australia and Pakistan in a tremendous way and are a significant link between the two countries. He encouraged the Vice-Chancellor to start the student exchange programme with leading universities in Pakistan.

The Vice Chancellor appreciated the High Commissioner for visiting Griffith University. She briefed the High Commissioner about different aspects of research and education at the University’s campus. She said that there are ample joint research opportunities with Pakistan in different fields and that her University would like to build long-term relations with different universities in Pakistan for the common benefit. The Vice Chancellor further added that, at the moment, there are 160 students from Pakistan studying in different disciplines who are very organized and enterprising. The Griffith University is about to conclude an MOU with the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan under which 5 free fully paid scholarships will be offered to Pakistani students in the fields of science, business and engineering. Under the Innovative Universities structure, the Griffith University has chosen Pakistan as its country for research and also research collaboration with other Pakistani universities.

Canberra

29 April 2019

 

High Commissioner, Mr. Babar Amin’s Meeting with the Returned and Services League of Australia, Queensland Branch’s Envoy to the Consular Corps, Mr. John Burgess

Today, High Commissioner, Mr. Babar Amin was hosted at a lunch at the United Services Club, Brisbane by Mr. John Burgess. The lunch was attended by other veterans and ex-servicemen living in Queensland.

Mr. Burgess and his fellow veterans appreciated the bilateral defence cooperation between Pakistan and Australia. They also lauded the role and contribution of Pakistani troops to the United Nations Peace Keeping Mission Operations in different parts of the world.

Canberra

29 April 2019

 

Organization of Consular Camp in Brisbane

The High Commission for Pakistan organized a Consular Camp in Brisbane at the University of Queensland on Sunday, 28 April 2019. The basic aim of the consular camp was to provide consular services to the Pakistan community living in and in the surrounding regions of Brisbane at their door step. The following services were provided to the community:

  1. Attestation of documents and Power of Attorney
  2. Receipt of application for Child Registration, Police Clearance, Driving License
  3. Receipt of Visa application

A large number of community members visited the Consular Camp to avail the above-mentioned consular services. The community members thanked the Government for taking the best care of them in the most pro-active way and applauded the High Commission for having organized the Consular Camp which was one of their pressing demand.

Canberra

29 April 2019

 

 

 

Get together of Pakistani Community in Brisbane

High Commissioner of Pakistan, Mr. Babar Amin visited Brisbane. During his visit, he met Pakistani community at an event organized by the High Commission on Sunday, 28 April 2019. It was a very well attended event in which a large number of members of Pakistani community, intelligentsia, academicians and media representatives. Mr. Duncan Pegg, Member Parliament, from the Australian Labour Party was the Chief Guest on the occasion.

The High Commissioner, while speaking on the occasion, appreciated the Pakistani community for its positive contribution to the development of Australia and urged them to continue to play its role in acting as a bridge in fostering closer relations between the two friendly countries. He further stated that under its current reforms agenda, the government has identified rule of law, transparency, promotion of merit-based policies and elimination of corruption as its prime targets and is well on its way to achieve high sustainable standards in these spheres. He added that, the government has also introduced necessary reforms in the fields of education, healthcare, tourism, agriculture and other sectors which has resulted in the rapid and extensive economic turnaround. Continuing growth and reforms have strengthened Pakistan’s economy and boosted the investor’s confidence, providing a sound and reliable basis for enhanced trade and commerce. The High Commissioner expressed satisfaction over the status of bilateral cooperation. Special prayers for peace, progress and prosperity of Pakistan and victims of the Christchurch shooting were offered.

The Chief Guest in his remarks applauded the organization of consular camp by the High Commission for the Pakistani community in Brisbane. He also highlighted the importance of promoting bilateral relations including parliamentary exchanges and appreciated the positive role of Pakistani diaspora in the progress and prosperity of Queensland. He further emphasized the importance of multiculturalism and harmony within the Australian society. He lauded the services of Pakistani community elders and leaders in bringing social cohesion and dynamism to Queensland.

Canberra

29 April 2019

    

National Defence University’s delegation visits High Commission for Pakistan, Canberra

 

The Foreign Study Tour of the National Defence University of Pakistan, Course 2018-19, is currently visiting Australia from 15-20 April 2019.  The participants comprising of Officers from the Armed Forces of Pakistan, Allied Forces from friendly countries and Pakistan Civil Services visited the High Commission of Pakistan for briefing on 15 April 2019.

The Study Group would also have meetings and briefing at a number of Australian Defence, Foreign Affairs Institutions and Think Tanks.

Canberra

17 April 2019

The Minister of State for Climate Change, Ms. Zartaj Gul visits Canberra.

The Minister of State for Climate Change, Ms. Zartaj Gul visited Canberra from 8-10 April 2019 on the invitation of the Government of Australia. She held meetings at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australian Renewable Energy Agency and with the officials of the ACT Government. She also met Mr. Ewen McDonald, Head of the Office of Pacific and former Developed Country Co-Chair of the Green Climate Fund and the Ambassador for Environment, Mr. Patrick Suckling. The Minister also visited the Australian National University.

Ms Zartaj Gul also led the Pakistani side at the roundtable discussion on climate change, environment, renewable energy, agriculture and water resources. She stated that several projects like the ‘billion tree Tsunami’ were initiated during the PTI’s Government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The Minister underscored that keeping in view the challenges posed nationally, regionally and globally by climatic changes, the current Government had taken several pioneering measures like ‘Clean and Green Pakistan’ and the country-wide ‘Billion Tree Tsunami Initiative’.

She highlighted that Pakistan was one of the lowest emitters of Green House Gases, both in per capita (ranked 135th in the world) and total emissions (0.8% percent of the global emissions) and was spending 5-7% of its budget annually on climate related activities. Pakistan, however, remained highly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change and was threatened in multiple ways, inter-alia, through drought, desertification, glacial-melt, sea level rise and recurrent droughts and floods.

The Minister mentioned that Pakistan had manifested its commitment to Climate Change actions, time and again, through its constructive role in the adoption of the Paris Agreement, the Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol and during the negotiations to operationalize the Paris Agreement. Pakistan expected that the pledges made by the developed countries towards Climate Fund would be materialized.

Ms Gul stated that Pakistan presented huge potential for joint ventures in climate adaptation and mitigation technologies. She hoped that the two countries would benefit through institutional cooperation and joint research in climate change, agriculture, ocean and marine environment.

The Australian interlocutors briefed the MoS on the technological developments and the management system introduced by them to mitigate the adverse impact of climate change. They expressed interest in cooperating further with Pakistan in the areas of climate change, environment and ecology.

Canberra

11 April 2019

 

Mr. Imtiaz Ahmad, Special Secretary (Asia Pacific), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamabad meets Senior Officials at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Mr. Imtiaz Ahmad, Special Secretary (Asia Pacific), Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan held a meeting with Mr. Richard Maude, Deputy Secretary (Indo-Pacific Group), Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Australia. The Special Secretary was assisted by High Commissioner Babar Amin and DHC Khalid Ejaz, whereas DS Maude was joined by the DFAT’s South and West Asia team.

The two sides discussed bilateral, regional and multilateral issues of mutual interest. Some of the prominent areas of discussion included trade, economic and agriculture cooperation, people-to-people contacts, sports and cricketing ties, FATF, NSG, peace and security in South Asia in the backdrop of recent spate in tensions and the strategic stability of the region.

Both sides expressed satisfaction over the close friendly relations between them and agreed to continue regular contacts at various levels on all the areas of mutual interest.

Canberra

11 April 2019

High Commissioner Babar Amin meets with Hon. Shayne Neumann MP, Shadow Minister for Immigration and Border Protection of Australia

 

High Commissioner Babar Amin met with Hon. Shayne Neumann MP, Shadow Minister for Immigration and Border Control in his office, to discuss issues of mutual interest between Pakistan and Australia.

The High Commissioner expressed satisfaction at the close bilateral relations and multilateral cooperation between the two countries. Briefing the Shadow Minister on various aspects, the two countries’ close cooperation in security, intelligence sharing, border management and combating transnational crime was especially focused.

The Shadow Minister was informed about the meeting of the Joint Working Group on Border Management and Transnational Crime held in February this year. Pakistan and Australia shared the view of not politicising the FATF and retaining its technical nature. The High Commissioner appreciated the Australian assistance and training in curbing money laundering and terrorism financing, which, would be of great value in fulfilling the FATF benchmarks. Referring to the remarkable improved security situation in Pakistan, the High Commissioner requested the Shadow Minister’s support for a positive revision of the Australian travel advisory on Pakistan.

The High Commissioner also gave a detailed briefing on the current escalation in tensions in South Asia; and the maturity and restraint displayed by the Pakistani leadership despite strong provocations. The Shadow Minister was also briefed about the goodwill gesture of the Prime Minister of Pakistan to open the Kartarpur Shrine Corridor to facilitate the Sikh pilgrims. The travesty of justice in acquittal of all the perpetrators of Samjhauta Express terrorists’ attack in India, in which 44 Pakistanis had lost their lives, was also discussed.

The Shadow Minister for Immigration and Border Control, Hon. Neumann expressed satisfaction over the bilateral relations and stated that the Labor Party fully supported further augmenting these ties. He emphasized that the Labor Party attached great importance to Australia’s security and intelligence cooperation with Pakistan. He appreciated Pakistan’s efforts to meet the FATF’s benchmarks.

The Shadow Minister also agreed that the travel advisory should take into account the significantly improved security situation in Pakistan. He showed keen interest to know more about the peace and security situation in South Asia, Samjhauta Express attack, Kartarpur Corridor and raised numerous queries in this regard. The Shadow Minister Shayne Neumann, while taking note, thanked the High Commissioner for bringing these issues and the situation in South Asia to his attention.

Canberra

4 April 2019

Pakistan Day Ceremony at Pakistan High Commission

A simple but dignified flag hoisting ceremony was held at the High commission for Pakistan, Canberra tomark Pakistan Day. The ceremony commenced with recitation from the Holy Quran, followed by playing of national anthem which was also sung along by children.

The flag was hoisted by the High Commissioner Babar Amin, after which messages of the President and the Prime Minister for the occasion were read out.

Speaking on the occasion, High Commissioner Babar Amin said that, under its current reforms agenda, the government has identified socio-economic justice, rule of law, transparency, promotion of merit-based policies, employment generation and elimination of corruption as its prime targets. He added that, the government has also introduced necessary structural reforms which are expected to boost industry, agriculture, services of education, healthcare, tourism and other sectors which would result in the rapid and extensive economic turnaround. The investors’ confidence has been boosted providing a sound and reliable basis for FDI and enhanced trade and commerce.

The High Commissioner offered heartfelt condolences over the loss of precious lives, including 9 Pakistani citizens, in the horrific terrorist attack in Christchurch.  He appreciated the people of New Zealand and Australia for reaching out to the Muslims community to bring succour in anxiety and pain caused by the attack.

Special prayers for peace, progress and prosperity of Pakistan and victims of the Christchurch shooting were offered.

Referring to the recent tensions in South Asia, the High Commissioner highlighted the maturity and restraint shown by the Pakistan leadership for the sake of peace and stability of the region and the world.

While appreciating the Pakistani community for its positive contribution to the development of Australia, he urged them to continue to play its role in acting as a bridgehead in fostering closer relations between the two friendly countries.

The High Commissioner expressed satisfaction over the status of bilateral cooperation.

The event was very well attended by a large number of community members from Canberra, Sydney; training defence forces officers attending courses here.

Canberra

23 March 2019

Pakistan Day Celebrations held at the High Commission for Pakistan

To mark the auspicious occasion of Pakistan Day, a reception was hosted at the High Commission for Pakistan, Canberra today.

High Commissioner Babar Amin, senior officials of the Embassy alongwith their spouses greeted the guests. The reception was a very well attended event in which a large number of members of Diplomatic Corps, Parliamentarians, Officials from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, other high ranking Australian government officials, senior officers from the Australian Armed Forces, local intelligentsia, media representatives and dignitaries participated.

In his remarks, the High Commissioner recalled the historic struggle for Pakistan’s freedom and emphasized that the democratic ideals and values espoused in the Lahore Resolution of 1940 guided the Muslims of the Sub-Continent to independence in 1947.

The High Commissioner lauded the close, cordial and mutually beneficial bilateral relations between Pakistan and Australia. The two countries he said, maintained a comprehensive partnership in the fields of socio-economic development, agriculture, health, education, defence, security and development assistance. The High Commissioner also highlighted the people-centric development, justice, employment generation and better opporitunities for the deprived to be among the top priorities of the Government. He stated that Pakistan was poised to become a regional economic power as economists regard it to be the catalyst for the future regional economic integration and development.

The High Commissioner offered heartfelt condolences over the loss of precisous lives, including 9 Pakistani citizens, in the horrific terrorist attack in Christchurch.  He appreciated the people of New Zealand and Australian for reaching out to the Muslims community to bring succour in anxiety and pain caused by the attack.

Referring to the recent tensions in South Asia, the High Commissioner highlighted the maturity and restraint shown by the Pakistan leadership for the sake of peace and stability of the region and the world.

The High Commissioner highly commended the positive contribution and fervor of the Pakistani Australian community. He urged the diaspora to continue playing its role as a bridgehead between the two countries.

The Australian Military Band played the national anthems of Pakistan and Australia, while the children sang along in chorus. Later the children attired in dresses depicting various regions of Pakistan presented tableaus on folk and national songs, which, was highly commended by the guests.

Canberra

22 March 2019

Message from H.E. Mr. Babar Amin, High Commissioner for the Islamic Republic of Pakistan on the occasion of Pakistan National Day 23rd March 2019

 

On the auspicious occasion of Pakistan Day, I wish to convey my heartiest greetings, to the Pakistan community members in Australia, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Island and Vanuatu.

The political movement launched under the leadership of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, following the adoption of the Pakistan Resolution on 23rd March 1940 in Lahore, bears no parallel in the history. On this auspicious occasion, we pay tribute to the Founding Fathers and the Leaders of the Freedom Movement who through their unrelenting sacrifices facilitated the creation of Pakistan as a sovereign independent country. On Pakistan Day we renew our commitment to the core objectives that formed the basis for our demand for a separate homeland for the Muslims of South Asia including justice, socio-economic fair-play, harmony and religious freedom for the citizens

Pakistan today is a fast emerging economy. Its youthful population, an assertive middle class and a vibrant civil society are making their presence felt in every sphere. Pakistan is becoming a catalyst for regional development through reform, people centric development and enhanced connectivity leading to regional integration.

In accordance with the vision of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah Pakistan’s Foreign Policy strives to live peacefully with our immediate neighbours and with the world at large. The restraint displayed by our leadership despite the enormous provocation recently is reflective of our desire to have pacific resolutions of all the disputes including settlement of the core issue of Jammu and Kashmir. We have at the same time displayed complete resolve and capability to defend our sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Pakistan has suffered heavily from the menace of terrorism.  Pakistan condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. We lost valuable lives of our citizens in the terrorist attack in Christchurch. The people and Government of Pakistan have expressed solidarity with the people and Government of New Zealand, the bereaved families and appreciated the humane compassion and respect displayed towards the Muslims in the aftermath. We also thank the Australian people who reached out to the Muslims providing succour in anxiety and pain caused by this horrific act of terrorism.

The most sustaining link between Pakistan and Australia is provided by the Pakistan Diaspora here. I am happy to say that our community has been positively contributing to the development of Australia through its integrative initiatives and hard work which makes us all very proud. It was the community from areas now in Pakistan that had in 1860s and onwards helped open Australia’s outback by laying telegraphic and railway lines. People to people contacts, educational links with over 13,000 Pakistani students in Australia, and our common passion for cricket bring us even closer.

I would once again like to take this opportunity to convey my profound appreciation to all the members of Pakistani community and wishing them a very happy Pakistan Day.

Long live Pakistan.

Pakistan Paindabad.

 

Pro Vice-Chancellor International Macquarie International University, Ms. Nicole Brigg called on the High Commissioner for Pakistan

The Pro Vice-Chancellor of International Macquarie University, Ms. Nicole Brigg called on Mr. Babar Amin, the High Commissioner for Pakistan in his office today.
The High Commissioner lauded the commendable academic cooperation that exists between Pakistan and Australia and especially with Macquarie University. He added that Pakistan and Australia have developed a long-term partnership in higher education which provides an excellent opportunity for collaboration in research and short and long-term training programmes for capacity building.
The High Commissioner further informed that Pakistan has over 13,000 students studying in Australia including Higher Education Commission (HEC) scholars and Australian Award recipients. These students have been contributing to the progress of Australia and Pakistan in a tremendous way and are a significant link between the two countries. He encouraged the Vice-Chancellor to start the student exchange programme with leading universities in Pakistan. Expressing interest in Macquarie University’s counter terrorism and capacity building courses for police force, the High Commissioner stated this would be another area of future collaboration. The police force and counter-terrorism forces in Pakistan were doing a lot to curb terrorism and menace of money laundering and terror financing. The two sides can share their experiences and can learn from each other.
The Pro Vice-Chancellor briefed about different aspects of research and education at the University’s campus. She said that there are ample joint research opportunities with Pakistan in different fields and that her University would like to build long-term relations with different universities in Pakistan for the common benefit. She added that during her forthcoming visit to Pakistan, she would focus on exploring the possibility of joint research and collaboration with medical colleges in Pakistan and also initiating the students’ exchange programme with universities in Pakistan.
The Pro Vice-Chancellor remarked that Pakistan has an excellent profile of quality of students studying in Australia and that the Macquarie University would like to contribute to and build upon the Colombo Plan as well. She assured the High Commissioner to work further on running short-courses for the public servants from Pakistan in the fields of counter-terrorism and capacity building of the police force.
The Pro Vice-Chancellor invited the High Commissioner to visit the University at his convenience which the High Commissioner accepted with thanks.

Canberra
26 February 2018

High Commissioner Babar Amin meeting with Shadow Foreign Minister Hon Senator Penny Wong

High Commissioner, Babar Amin met with the Shadow Foreign Minister Senator Honourable Penny Wong in her Parliament Office and briefed her on various areas of bilateral and multilateral cooperation between Pakistan and Australia.

A particular focus of discussion was the enhancement of trade and economic relations between the two countries. In this regard the High Commissioner elaborated the multiple investment opportunities existing in Pakistan along with the incentives offered to FDI. Senator Wong expressed interest to know about Pakistan’s experience with CPEC and investment opportunity for third countries in its projects. The High Commissioner provided the requisite information to her.

While referring to the centrality of human rights issues in the Labor Party’s Vision, the High Commissioner sensitized Senator Wong on the OHCHR’s Report on human rights violations in the Indian Occupied Kashmir. He expressed the hope that Australia and Pakistan, being members of the Human Rights Council, would work together to support the recommendations contained in the Report, especially on constituting an Independent Commission of Inquiry to investigate the human rights’ abuse. Senator Penny Wong thanked the High Commissioner for bringing the issue to her notice, which she would further look into.

The High Commissioner also underscored the constructive role being played by the Pakistani diaspora in the socio-economic and political environment in Australia. Senator Penny Wong acknowledged this fact and appreciated the contributions of the Pakistani expatriates.

Senator Wong expressed satisfaction at the close friendly bilateral relations between Australia and Pakistan and appreciated Pakistan High Commission’s efforts in further strengthening the existing ties. She conveyed Labor Party’s intensions to develop further close and good rapport with Pakistan, stating that Prime Minister Imran Khan enjoys good stature and is held in high esteem in Australia.

Canberra
21 February 2019

Kashmir Solidarity Day

Kashmir Solidarity Day was commemorated at the High Commission for Pakistan Canberra with the usual fervor and enthusiasm.

  1. Members of Pakistani and Kashmiri community along with a sizeable number of diplomats, journalists, scholars and intellectuals also attended the event. Prominent speakers included former Senator Lee Rhiannon and Dr. Ali Sarfaraz.
  2. Ms. Lee Rhiannon in her remarks informed about her recent participation in the Kashmir Solidarity Day International Conference in London organized by UK’s All Parties Parliamentary Kashmir Group (APPKG). The Conference held in the Westminster, Parliament House, she said, had wide representation including from the House of Commons, House of Lords and European Parliament. The Conference, she added, It called for the implementation of the UN Resolutions on Kashmir and formation of an Independent Commission of Inquiry to probe the human rights abuses in Kashmir as recommended by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). Ms. Rhiannon lamented the indifference of the international community and called for an immediate end to the crimes against humanity that the Kashmiris are made to suffer.
  3. Dr. Ali Sarfaraz while highlighting the human rights violations and abuses by the state apparatus in the Indian Occupied Kashmir, emphasized immediate resolution of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the UNSC resolutions and the wishes of the people of Kashmir.
  4. High Commissioner Babar Amin thanked the participants, and speakers for voicing their frank observations of the situation in the Indian Occupied Kashmir. In his remarks, the High Commissioner underscored the gravity of the human rights situation in Kashmir stressing that the international community needs to mobilize for the just settlement of this longstanding dispute. He also highlighted to the Reports of the OHCHR, APPKG, Westminster Conference and human rights organizations such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, which, have drawn attention towards the grave human rights violations and in IOK.
  5. Messages of the President and Prime Minister of Pakistan were read out to the participants. Brochure about the genesis of Kashmir dispute and human rights abuses were also distributed, while videos on Kashmir were also screened.
  6. Children presented tableau performances reflecting the Kashmiri culture. A photographic exhibition highlighting the atrocities being perpetrated against innocent Kashmiris was also organized. The participants were served with Kashmiri cuisine.

Canberra

12 February 2019

High Commissioner meets Chambers of Commerce & Industry and Chambers of Minerals & Energy of Western Australia

The High Commissioner for Pakistan, Mr. Babar Amin held meetings with Mr. Chris Rodwell, CEO, Chambers of Commerce and Industry as well as Senior Executives Ms. Bronwyn Bell and Ms. Caroline Cherry of the Chambers of Minerals & Energy of Western Australia.

Matters related to trade, investment, training of work force, collaboration and holding of Open House for showcasing business and investment opportunities in Pakistan were discussed. The High Commissioner expressed satisfaction over the upward trajectory of Pakistan-Australia relations. He added that the economic and bilateral trade component of bilateral relations did not commensurate with the existing potential.  The High Commissioner emphasized that Pakistan would like to see improvement of bilateral trade, which would benefit people of both the countries.

The High Commissioner said that Pakistan would welcome joint ventures by Western Australian companies in engineering, mining, agriculture, energy, Nano-bio-technology, paramedical, nursing and allied health sectors. He also conveyed the interest of Pakistani businessmen in joint ventures especially in processing of Halal meat in Pakistan for export to the Middle East. He invited the Chambers to send trade delegations from Western Australia, which would significantly boost the trade ties.

Mr. Chris Rodwell gave a detailed briefing about the working of the Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia and welcomed the proposal for signing of an MOU between Chambers of Commerce of Western Australia and a Pakistani Chamber of Commerce. He also appreciated the interest of Sialkot Chamber of Commerce & Industry for sending a delegation to Western Australia to explore possibilities of trade in sports goods, surgical items, saddle and other items used in horse rearing and leather garments. 

During High Commissioner’s meeting with Ms. Bronwyn Bell and Ms. Caroline Cherry, Pakistan’s interest in attracting Australian investment in Special Economic Zones along the CPEC and development of mineral and mining industry as well as gas, oil and infrastructure projects were discussed.

The High Commissioner mentioned that an MOU was signed for mutually beneficial cooperation in Technical and Vocational Training (TVET) in 2017. In this regard, the Australian mining companies are welcome to join hand with TAFE, High Commission and Curtin University for training of Pakistani work force in mining skills and technology.

Ms. Bronwyn Bell and Ms. Caroline Cherry assured that the Chambers of Minerals & Energy of Western Australia would pass the information about holding of Open House by the High Commission to the business houses and members of the Chamber.

Canberra

24 January 2019

 

 

High Commissioner’s Meeting with Senator the Hon. Linda Reynolds in Perth 

The High Commissioner for Pakistan, Mr. Babar Amin held a meeting with Senator the Hon Linda Reynold, Assistant Minister for Home Affairs in Perth. He exchanged views on bilateral matters and expressed satisfaction at the historically friendly relations between Pakistan and Australia. He hoped that improvement in Pakistan-Australia relations in all spheres including Parliamentary and people-to-people contacts.

Mr. Babar Amin highlighted the business and investment opportunities for the Australian companies in Pakistan, particularly in the Special Economic Zones around China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). He hoped that Australian business houses especially from Western Australia would benefit from the emerging investment opportunities in Pakistan. He thanked for the suggestion for holding an Open House in Western Australia regarding trade, investment and mining opportunities in Pakistan.

The High Commissioner briefed the Hon Assistant Minister about the incoming meeting of Pakistan-Australia Joint Working Group on Border Protection and Transnational Crime and hoped that Australia would consider the improved security situation in Pakistan and revise its Travel Advisory to Pakistan accordingly.

Mr. Babar Amin invited the Hon Senator to join the Australia-Pakistan Parliamentary Friendship Group to strengthen the linkages between the Australian and Pakistani Parliaments, which she had graciously agreed.

The Hon Senator recalled her first visit to Pakistan last year and hoped similar visits in future. She also pointed out that the mining and other companies of Australia could take advantage of the new business opportunities in Pakistan as it was uniquely placed to take advantage of the One Belt One Road initiative. She promised to remain engaged with the High Commission and Pakistan community for the improvement of trade & investment relations between Pakistan and Western Australia.

She also appreciated High Commissioner’s meeting with Vice Chancellor of the Curtin University for exploring training opportunities and joint ventures with Pakistani universities and institutions.

Canberra

24 January 2019

High Commissioner’s Meeting with Prof Deborah Terry, Vice Chancellor of Curtin University, Perth

The High Commissioner for Pakistan, Mr. Babar Amin held a meeting with Professor Deborah Terry, Vice Chancellor of the Curtin University at Perth.

The High Commissioner mentioned that Pakistan and Australia enjoyed deep rooted relations. He stated that Australia was the third most favoured destination of Pakistani students as around 13,000 Pakistani students were currently enrolled in Australia. Most of the Pakistani students were self-financing scholars who had paid around 660 million dollars as tuition and other fee to the Australian Universities and Institutions last year.

The High Commissioner further stated that Pakistan was currently sponsoring more than 100 students and scholars for their master’s and Ph.D degrees in Australia by providing them stipends and health insurance coverage etc.

The Vice Chancellor appreciated the High Commissioner for visiting Curtin University. She stated that Joint collaborative and research activities in agriculture, mining, engineering and science technology with Pakistani universities and institutions could be planned. She accepted the invitation to visit Pakistan and take a delegation for exploring various opportunities of cooperation including faculty and student exchanges and joint Ph.D programs. She hoped that Curtin and Pakistani Universities could jointly work to benefit from global research opportunities as well.

Canberra

24 January 2019

High Commissioner for Pakistan discussed establishing Australian Medical Council Examination Centres in Pakistan

High Commissioner for Pakistan Babar Amin met Mr. Philip Pigou, Chief Executive Officer of Australian Medical Council (AMC), today, to discuss establishing its examination centres in Pakistan.

The High Commissioner informed the CEO, AMC, about Pakistan’s medical education system that has produced medical professionals of international standards, who were serving with great dedication and distinction all over the world including USA, UK, Canada and Australia. He highlighted that the unavailability of AMC’s Examination Centres for foreign medical graduates, in Pakistan, however, deprived most of Pakistani doctors the opportunity to appear for the Australian Exam.

The High Commissioner proposed to the AMC to establish its examination centres in Pakistan taking into consideration Pakistan’s population of 207 million and its large pool of qualified and able doctors. He assured the CEO that the High Commission would facilitate AMC in this endeavour.

Mr. Philip Pigou, CEO, AMC stated that his office would certainly explore the possibility of conducting MCQS (Part-I) of AMC Exam, in Pakistan, through its partner agency.  He agreed to discuss the matter further after doing some more background work by the AMC.

Canberra

13 December 2018

Australian national returns Gandhara Civilization Statue of Buddha to Pakistan

A ceremony was organised at the Pakistan High Commission, Canberra to celebrate the return of a statue of Buddha. The statue was in the possession of Ms. Romy Dingle, an Australian citizen whose mother was a collector of artefacts and had brought it to Australia from Pakistan in the early 1970s. The family now wished to gift it to Pakistan, the place where it belonged.

The event was attended by guests from the civil society, academia, diplomatic corps and media. The Shadow Minister for Families, Youth, Community Services, and Multicultural Affairs, Ms. Elizabeth Kikkert MLA in the ACT Legislative Assembly also attended.

Speaking on the occasion Ms. Romy Dingle said that, she is delighted to facilitate and return the piece of history as it has now been returned to its rightful place to be celebrated and protected in a befitting manner. She added that, today’s event is an excellent example of the results that can come with close cooperation between individuals from civil society and government institution to preserve and celebrate art.

In his remarks, High Commissioner for Pakistan, Mr. Babar Amin said that the statue was an important element of the cultural history and heritage of Pakistan and was so much more than a piece of property. While giving a genesis of the Gandhara civilization, he added that Gandhara was an ancient kingdom in the modern-day North of Pakistan spreading from Peshawar to the Swat valley, and Pothohar plateau region of Pakistan.

As a centre of Buddhism, Gandhara attained its height from the 1st century to the 5th century under the Kushan Kings and contributed immensely in the spheres of painting, sculpture, coins, pottery and all the associated elements of an artistic tradition.  Taxila was its seat of learning which hosted the famous Jaulian University one of the first in the world.  People from all over the area and neighbouring regions came to Gandhara not only for trade and commerce but also for learning and acquiring knowledge.

The High Commissioner termed the return of Buddha as a wonderful gesture and thanked Ms. Dingle’s family for gifting the statue which was amazing not only for its history but also for its nifty carving. He remarked that he hoped the people understood its value as it is one part of Pakistan’s history which also belonged to the entire world.

Canberra

12 December 2018

Presentation of Souvenirs to Prof. Dr. John S. Biggs and Mrs. Biggs to acknowledge their contribution to medical education in Pakistan

A simple but dignified ceremony was organised at the High Commission for Pakistan in Canberra to present souvenirs to Prof. Dr. John S. Biggs and Mrs. Biggs to acknowledge their services in the field of medical education, family medicine training, assessment of post-graduate education and betterment of health system in Pakistan. The Steering Committee of Family Medicine and the Vice Chancellor of University of Health Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan had decided to present Professor and Mrs. Biggs these souvenirs as a mark of gratitude for their enormous work in Pakistan.
Speaking on the occasion, High Commissioner Mr. Babar Amin thanked Prof. Biggs and his spouse for their selfless and valuable services to assist the government of Pakistan in the medical field. He said that Dr. Biggs’ contributions will go a long way in enhancing medical services in Pakistan especially in the field of family medicine. He also lauded Dr. Biggs’ contributions in fostering friendly relations between the medical fraternity of Australia and Pakistan.
The High Commissioner stated that Pakistani doctors were also rendering valuable services in Australia in various specialities. He added that the Australian medical institutions can further take advantage of the vast Human Resource potential of Pakistan in medical field including of doctors, paramedics and nurses.
Dr. Haroon Ahmad, Chair RWAV & Deputy Chair, RACGP Council, Victoria and Dr. Majid Nadeem Gondal, Chair IMG Committee and Member RACGP Council Victoria gave their presentations regarding family medicine in Pakistan and avenues of collaboration between health organisations of Australia and Pakistan
Prof. Biggs in his remarks thanked the government and High Commission for Pakistan for bestowing the honour on them. He stated that, the award is very special as it would remind them of their work aimed at illuminating people to deliver in the best possible way and therefore bring quality medical services to people. Dr. Biggs stated that he would continue to provide inputs and recommendations to the government of Pakistan in the medical, paramedical and other health care sectors.
Canberra
17 November 2018

Iqbal Day at the Pakistan High Commission, Canberra

Pakistan High Commission in collaboration with Bazm-e-Adab Canberra organised a function at the Chancery to commemorate the 141st birth anniversary of the Poet of the East, Doctor Allama Mohammad Iqbal. Many members of Pakistani community attended the event.  Prime Minister Imran Khan’s message for the Iqbal Day was relayed for the audience.

The High Commissioner, Babar Amin in his remarks stated that Allama Dr. Mohammad Iqbal is the ideological founder and national poet of Pakistan. Iqbal rekindled the quest for independence and separate homeland among the Muslims of South Asia through his poetry and philosophy.  His inspiring poetry greatly bolstered the self-esteem of the Muslims which had dampened under the colonial yoke. The High Commissioner also cited various verses from Iqbal’s poetry in this context. He further added that Iqbal’s message is Universal for he advocated progressiveness, peace and harmony in the world.

Religious scholar, Adama Konda of Burkina Faso, the Imam of Canberra Islamic Centre, in his remarks stated that Iqbal’s poetry and philosophy has wide influence in Africa as well. Iqbal, he said is a poet and thinker whose vision is going to stay for all times to come. Imam Konda highly lauded the services of Iqbal for reconstruction of religious thought in Islam. He added that, Iqbal’s message is of eternal hope, prophetic love and devotion.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Nadeem Shaikh, President of Bazm-e-Adab Canberra and Dr. Naimat Cheema from Melbourne highlighted that Iqbal’s works while focusing on the spirituality take a pragmatic approach towards development of human society. His legacy remains strong even beyond Pakistan and he is widely regarded to have inspired several movements across the globe. Iqbal’s thoughts and poetry have made him a cultural icon for many around the Muslim world especially in Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Central Asia and even in middle East and North Africa. His revitalizing philosophy has inspired many leading figures in the Muslim world.

Dressed in vibrant colourful clothes, children of different ages presented skits and tableaus based on stories portraying Iqbal’s messages. The children also enthralled the audience with national songs and verses from Iqbal’s poetry.

Canberra

11 November 2018

Meeting of the High Commissioner for Pakistan, Mr. Babar Amin with the Speaker of the House of Representatives in the Australian Parliament, the Hon Tony Smith MP

High Commissioner, Mr. Babar Amin met with the Speaker of the House of Representatives in the Australian Parliament, the Hon Tony Smith MP, in his office, today.

The High Commissioner expressed satisfaction at the longstanding friendly relations between Australia and Pakistan. He said that Pakistan would like to further strengthen parliamentary relations with Australia.

The High Commissioner informed the Speaker that following the General Elections in Pakistan, a new Pakistan-Australia parliamentary friendship group is being formed in the National Assembly of Pakistan. Moreover, the Pakistan-Australia Friendship Group has already been formed in the Senate of Pakistan. He stressed on the need to enhance exchange of bilateral Parliamentary visits between both sides. While agreeing to the need of greater interaction, the Speaker indicated that the earliest such visits could take place would be after the Australian parliamentary elections next year.

The High Commissioner briefed the Speaker about the OHCHR’s report on human right’s violations in Kashmir. He expressed the hope that Australia and Pakistan, being members of the Human Rights Council, would work together to support the recommendations contained in the report, most importantly, to form an Independent Commission of Inquiry on human rights violations in Kashmir. The Speaker while thanking for apprising him about the situation stated that the Australian Ministry of Foreign Affairs should be looking into the matter.

The High Commissioner highlighted the contribution of the Pakistani diaspora in the socio-economic and political environment in Australia. The Speaker appreciated the constructive role played by the dynamic Pakistani Community in various spheres. The High Commissioner also drew attention of the Speaker towards consular matters of Pakistani community in Australia.

While referring to the marked improvement in the security situation in Pakistan, the High Commissioner called for the Australian cricket team to visit Pakistan for a series. The Speaker while lauding the enormous cricket talent in Pakistan expressed the hope that the Australian cricket team would visit Pakistan in future.

 

Canberra

23 October 2018

 

 

Meeting of the High Commissioner for Pakistan Mr. Babar Amin with Ms. Jenny Bloomfield, State Director, DFAT State Office Victoria, Melbourne

High Commissioner Babar Amin met with Ms. Jenny Bloomfield, State Director, DFAT State Office Victoria, Melbourne, today.

During the meeting, High Commissioner discussed with his interlocutor, Pakistan-Australia relations, potential for cooperation at the province-state level and consular matters.

High Commissioner highlighted trade and investment opportunities Pakistan presented and encouraged Australian businesses to make use of various incentives offered by the government of Pakistan. He stated that there was significant scope of cooperation between Pakistan provinces and Victoria in the fields of education, science and technology, and tourism. He stressed the importance of institutional linkages in this regard. High Commissioner underscored the contribution of Pakistani diaspora to the multiculturalism and economic development of Australia.

Ambassador Bloomfield while welcoming High Commissioner to Melbourne, stated that Australia attached great importance to its relations with Pakistan. She also welcomed the opening of Pakistan’s Consulate General in Melbourne and offered her office’s full support in facilitating its working.

 

Melbourne

8 October 2018

 

 

 

Meeting of High Commissioner for Pakistan, Mr. Babar Amin with the President of the Australian Senate, the Hon. Scott Ryan

The High Commissioner for Pakistan, Mr. Babar Amin met with the President of the Australian Senate, the Hon. Scott Ryan to discuss parliamentary cooperation between the two countries.

The High Commissioner briefed the President of the Senate on the recently held successful general elections in Pakistan.  He highlighted the Government’s developmental and foreign policy priorities including to strengthen parliamentary cooperation with friendly countries. The High Commissioner informed the President of the formulation of Pakistan-Australia Friendship Group in the Senate of Pakistan and recommended strengthening the mechanism for regular interaction between Senates of the two countries to enhance understanding and cooperation.

The High Commissioner reiterated the invitation by the Chairman, Senate of Pakistan, to the President of Australian Senate and Speaker of the House of Representatives to participate in the Meeting of Asian Parliamentary Assembly(APA)’ Standing Committee on Political Affairs in Gwadar on 29-31 October 2018.

The President of the Australian Senate expressed the desire to strengthen Parliamentary relations with Pakistan.  He lauded the constitution of Australia-Pakistan Parliamentary Friendship Group in the Senate of Pakistan. The President also called for a greater interaction between the two Parliaments including at the multilateral parliamentary forums. He informed that the invitation to attend the APA meeting in Pakistan was under consideration and would be responded in due course.

He appreciated the idea of assistance in legislative capacity building and assured to have it looked into for possibilities.

Canberra

25 September 2018

 

 

Meeting of High Commissioner for Pakistan with the Australian Minister for Home Affairs

The High Commissioner for Pakistan, Mr. Babar Amin met with the Australian Home Affairs Minister Mr. Peter Dutton to discuss bilateral cooperation on issues related to Security, Border Management and Combating Transnational Crime.

The High Commissioner conveyed desire of the Government of Pakistan to further strengthen cooperation between the Ministry of Interior and the Department of Home Affairs of Australia.  Appreciating the strong security cooperation between the two countries under the Joint Working Group on Border Management and Transnational Crime, the High Commissioner stated that Pakistan looked forward to its next meeting in Canberra. He also raised the consular matters pertaining to the Pakistanis in Australia and visa difficulties faced to Pakistani students and businessmen.

The Minster for Home Affairs stated that Australia attached great significance to its relations with Pakistan including in the areas of combating transnational crime and border management.  He expressed the desire to further strengthen pragmatic cooperation particularly under the domains of security, counter terrorism and combating sophisticated crimes.  The Minister also assured to look into the delays in visas to the Pakistani students and businessmen.

Canberra

24 September 2018