The High Commissioner and Mrs. Babar Amin hosted a dinner in honour of the visiting Pakistan Women Cricket Team at the High Commission in Canberra

 

The High Commissioner and Mrs. Babar Amin hosted a dinner in honour of the visiting Pakistan Women Cricket Team at the High Commission in Canberra today.

The event was attended by high ranking Australian Government officials, politicians, foreign diplomats, journalists, members of the Pakistani community including cricket enthusiasts.

Welcoming the Pakistan Women Cricket Team to Australia, the High Commissioner highlighted the strong bilateral relations between Pakistan and Australia underscored by common sporting heritage and cricketing ties. While referring to the achievements of the Pakistani Women Cricket Team, he lauded them for flying the national flag high. He advised the players to play to their full potential and dedication while aiming at winning the tournament. He emphasized that the spirit of the sports was even more important than result of the game.

Ms. Bismah Maroof, Captain of the Pakistani Women’s Cricket Team thanked the High Commissioner and Mrs. Uzma Babar for hosting the Team at Canberra and vowed to play to the best of their abilities. Ms. Kate Logan, the Chief of Protocol at Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, wished the Pakistani team success during the tough competition. Ms. Bronwyn Halfpenny, Convener of Pakistan-Australia Friendship Association in the Victorian Parliament remarked that the Pakistani Women’s Cricket Team was a true representation of the participation of women in sports in Pakistan. Mr. Alistair Coe, leader of the opposition in the ACT Legislative Assembly, welcomed the Pakistani Team to Canberra and Australia. Ms. Aisha Jalil, Assistant Manager, Pakistan Women’s Cricket Team recounted her visit as part of the then Pakistan Women’s Cricket team touring Australia in 1997. She said that the current Team was composed of young players who were hungry for victory, as well as senior ones who could moderate and sheet anchor the game.

To commemorate the event, a cake was also cut by the High Commissioner, the Chief of Protocol, the Pakistan Captain Cricket Team and Manager.

Canberra

22 February 2020

 

 

High Commissioner for Pakistan’s meeting with the Minister for Primary Industry and Resources of the Northern Territory

 

The High Commissioner for Pakistan, Mr. Babar Amin, met the Honurable Paul Kirby, Minister for Primary Industry and Resources of the Northern Territory in his office.

The High Commissioner briefed the Honourable Minister about trade and investment opportunities in Pakistan and urged him to encourage investors from the Northern Territory to invest in Pakistan in the manufacturing industry, mining, gas, oil exploration and infrastructure development projects. He added that Pakistan would also welcome joint ventures with the Northern Territory’s companies for the vocational and technical training of Pakistani youthful work force. Pakistan, he said had a large pool of trained work force in the I.T sector which contributed in the development of Silicon Valley, Microsoft, Google and other major I.T companies. The Northern Territory could also benefit from Pakistan’s IT potential by exploring Joint Ventures in these sectors.

The High Commissioner emphasised interaction at higher level for the promotion of industrial and trade cooperation. He also invited the Honurable Minister to visit Pakistan. He briefed the Minister on the existence of strong SMEs sector in Pakistan and its emergence as one of the favourite destinations of foreign investment. The High Commissioner expressed his desire to learn from the best practices and technical know-how in the field of industrial upgradation from Northern Territory.

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 natural resources, industry, trade, investment, IT and tourism. The Minister further indicated that, there are opportunities for bilateral cooperation in the mining, gas, agriculture and the export of live cattle. He added that, IT specialist and engineers from Pakistan could come to the Northern Territory to make up for the human resource deficiency in these sectors under the skills-based employment and residency programmes.

Canberra
17 February 2020

 

High Commissioner for Pakistan’s meeting with the Executive Director of the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre

 

The High Commissioner for Pakistan, Mr. Babar Amin, visited the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre in Darwin and met with the Executive Director, Professor Len Notaras AM of the Institute in his office.

The High Commissioner briefed the Executive Director about the new ‘health vision’ programme of the Government of Pakistan and its focus on providing better health care and medical attention to people. He underlined that, an effective system for emergency preparedness and rescue responses has been put in place in all the major cities of Pakistan as a step contributing towards building healthy, resilient and safer communities. 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 thanked the Executive Director for the Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre’s timely and invaluable assistance during floods in Pakistan in 2010. He added that there is a significant Pakistani medical fraternity working in Australia, who are interested to do voluntary work in the Pacific region the under various Australian commitments. He urged the Executive Director to explore potential sectors and work as partners for joint research and technical capacity building of the national disaster and trauma response teams in Pakistan.

The Executive Director thanked the High Commissioner for visiting the Centre and briefed him about different aspects of research and capacity building activities. He assured that, there were ample joint working and capacity building opportunities for Australia to work with Pakistan in the area of Critical Care and Trauma Response. He added that his Centre would like to build long-term relations with the counterpart Institutes in Pakistan for the common benefit and a joint response in the future regional emergencies.

Canberra
18 February 2020

Meeting between High Commissioner for Pakistan and the Lord Mayor of Darwin

 

High Commissioner for Pakistan to Australia, His Excellency Mr. Babar Amin, met with the Hon. Kon Vatskalis, the Lord Mayor of Darwin city in his office.

During the call, the High Commissioner expressed the desire to promote cordial relations between major Pakistani cities and the city of Darwin. He briefed the Mayor about the prospects of bringing people together through promotion of business, educational and institutional links. The High Commission emphasized that owing to the existing friendly relations between Pakistn and Australia, which, were further augmented by our similar institutions and system, the scope for cooperation was enormous.
The High Commissioner also suggested the establishment of Sister-City relationship between Darwin and a Pakistani city.
The Lord Mayor thanked the High Commissioner for visiting Darwin and for looking into means of promotion of friendship and cooperation between the Darwin city and Pakistani institutions. He lauded the Pakistani Community in Darwin and the Northern Territory for its very positively contribution to the development of Australia in all walks of life. He laid strong emphasis on enhancing the mutually beneficial cooperation in tourism, education, science and research between institutions in Darwin and Pakistan. The Lord Mayor agreed in principle to launch a Friendly City arrangement with a city in Pakistan. He also agreed to support the Pakistani Community in organizing its cultural and social activities.

Canberra
18 February 2020

High Commissioner for Pakistan’s meeting with the Deputy Vice Chancellor and Vice President Global Strategy and Advancement of the Charles Darwin University

 

The High Commissioner for Pakistan, Mr. Babar Amin, met the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice President Global Strategy and Advancement of Charles Darwin University (CDU), Professor Andrew Everett in his office.

Commending the strong academic cooperation between Pakistan and Australia, the High Commissioner stated that the two countries have developed a long-term partnership in higher education, academic research collaboration and capacity building training programmes. He informed that currently Pakistan had over 13,000 students in Australia, including the Pakistan Higher Education Commission (HEC)’s scholarship holders and Australian Award recipients. These students, he added, have been tremendously contributing to the knowledge exchange and collaborative research between the two countries. The High Commissioner said that these students also provided significant links for people to people interaction.

The High Commissioner urged the Deputy Vice-Chancellor to start the student and academic exchange programmes with leading universities in Pakistan. He stated that a long-term partnership could also be developed between the HEC and the CDU, on the model of the similar collaboration with other Australian Universities.

The Deputy Vice Chancellor appreciated the High Commissioner for visiting the University and briefed him about different aspects of research and education at the CDU. He expressed keen interest to institutionalize educational linkages with the HEC and Pakistani Universities for mutual benefit. The Deputy Vice Chancellor also agreed to visit the High Commission of Pakistan, Canberra for finalizing the visit programme of the University’s delegation to Pakistan, later this year, for this purpose.

Canberra
18 February 2020

High Commissioner for Pakistan’s meeting with the General Manager, Innovation Hub, Darwin

 

The High Commissioner for Pakistan, Mr. Babar Amin visited the Innovation Hub, Darwin and held a meeting with Ms. Emma Nesbitt, the General Manager of the Hub.

The High Commissioner briefed the General Manager and said that, Pakistan is fast becoming a part of the global knowledge society and with its abundant human and material resources, is an active player in the field of IT, telecommunications, infrastructure building, and other modern technologies. The government is highly committed to provide necessary legal and financial cover for the success of start-ups and initiatives in the fields of science, technology & innovation. He urged the General Manager to encourage collaboration, joint ventures in research and capacity building with the relevant departments in Pakistan in the fields of IT & data sharing, software development, education, business start-ups and job creation.

The General Manager 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 IT & data sharing, software development, education, business start-ups and job creation. She agreed that, there are ample joint research and match making opportunities with Pakistan in different fields and that her Department would like to build long-term relations with the counterpart Departments in Pakistan for the common benefit. The General Manager added that, relevant companies and individuals from Pakistan can approach them directly for liaison and collaboration.

Canberra
19 February 2020

 

High Commissioner for Pakistan’s Whole of the Government Departments Roundtable at Darwin, Northern Territory

 

The High Commissioner for Pakistan, Mr. Babar Amin, held a Whole of the Government Roundtable meeting with Mr. Luke Bowen, the General Manager Department of Trade, Business & Innovation and his team at Darwin, Northern Territory. The other Departments represented at the meeting included Investment, Health, Education, Science & Technology, Agriculture Trade, Tourism and Migration.

The High Commissioner briefed the General Manager and his team about trade and investment opportunities in Pakistan. He urged him to encourage collaboration, joint ventures and investment from Northern Territory to Pakistan in the fields of IT & data sharing, software development, mining, gas, oil exploration, education, tourism and infrastructure development projects. He added that Pakistan would also welcome joint ventures with the Australian companies for the vocational and technical training in Pakistan.

The High Commissioner informed that Pakistan provided Human Resource in the I.T & Software sector for the Silicon Valley, Microsoft, Google and other major I.T companies. A large pool of Pakistan origin professionals, doctors, engineers, IT & software experts, academics, researchers, educationists and businessmen were meritoriously contributing to various fields in Australia. He also briefed the General Manager and the team regarding the new Digital Pakistan Policy, the boom in telecommunication sector in Pakistan and how it was emerging as one of the favourite destinations for foreign investors. The High Commissioner said that both countries could benefit with each other experience in these field.

The General Manager thanked the High Commissioner for the briefing and said that, his Department would like to do outsourcing to Pakistani companies/professionals and could provide technical support for upgradation of the skills of the workforce in Pakistan. The Northern Territory, he said, had expertise in the areas of innovation, research, technology, Agriculture, Aquaculture, off and on shore LNG, mining and meat export/import. The Representative of Education Department stated that Northern Territory would like to have more Pakistani students as their academic performance in Australia had been good. The Agriculture Department Representative expressed interest to import more produce from Pakistan subject to quarantine arrangements. He also expressed interest in collaboration to enhancing productivity of water buffaloes. The Investment Department Representative briefed about business opportunities in Darwin and Northern Territory particularly in LNG, mining and minerals. The Tourism Representative spoke about facilities and attractive sites in the Northern Territory.

The two sides agreed to remain engaged to further follow up on their discussions.

Canberra
18 February 2020

 

High Commissioner for Pakistan’s meeting with Professor Alan Cass, Director Menzies School of Health Research, Darwin

 

The High Commissioner for Pakistan, Mr. Babar Amin visited the Menzies School of Health Research and met Professor Alan Cass, Director of the School, in Darwin, Northern Territory.

The High Commissioner thanked the Director for working in collaboration with the Agha Khan Institute for the eradication of Malaria in Pakistan. He urged that the Menzies may also consider working on eradication of Dengue with the relevant Research Institutes in Pakistan as it was a major health challenge for the country. The High Commissioner also underlined the need for signing of Agreements between Menzies and counterpart institutes in Pakistan for the purpose of carrying out joint research projects, transfer of knowledge/ data, training and capacity building. He further briefed Professor Cass on the existence of good private and public medical research institutes in Pakistan which offered tremendous opportunities for collaborative research with Menzies.

Professor Alan Cass thanked the High Commissioner for the briefing and visiting the School. He also briefed the High Commissioner about different aspects of research, international collaboration and training facilities at the School. He agreed that, there were ample joint research opportunities with Pakistan in different fields like reducing the treatment time of the diseases, finding cures for high antibiotics-resistant infectious diseases, chronic kidney diseases and otitis media infections. The Director added that the Menzies School was open for collaboration and would like to build long-term relations with the counterpart Institutes in Pakistan for the common benefit.

Canberra
19 February 2020

Organization of Consular Service Facilitation in Darwin

 

The High Commission for Pakistan organized for the first ever Consular Facilitation in Darwin on 14 February 2020, during the visit of the High Commissioner to the Northern Territory. The services provided included:

  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 Facilitation Venue to avail the above-mentioned consular services. The community members appreciated the Government for its pro-active approach to facilitate Overseas Pakistanis and lauded the organization of the first ever Consular Facilitation by the High Commission in Darwin.

Canberra 

17 February 2020

High Commissioner for Pakistan’s meeting with Mr. Andrew Campbell, CEO of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)

 

The High Commissioner for Pakistan, Mr. Babar Amin, met Mr. Andrew Campbell, the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) to discuss ongoing cooperation and future plan of action for bilateral and regional collaboration. The High Commissioner stated that, Pakistan-Australia agricultural cooperation is a significant area for joint ventures and the ongoing interaction in this sphere has been very beneficial for both our sides.

The High Commissioner urged the Chief Executive to conduct some regional research programmes in Pakistan against local crop diseases which are proving deadly for some vital crops. He further emphasized the need for the capacity building and empowerment of rural women though skills development and enabling policies for small farmland holders. The High Commissioner added that, these propositions are critical to true rural transformation and rural women empowerment in Pakistan.

The Chief Executive agreed with the High Commissioner and said that, enabling policies for developing smallholder agriculture in Pakistan are very important to the overall economic growth and development in Pakistan. He added that ACIAR’S future projects would prioritise improving the profitability of smallholder farming households in Pakistan through on-farm efficiency gains, rural women empowerment and development of dairy and beef market opportunities.

The Chief Executive underlined that, waterlogging and salinization are major impediments to the sustainability of irrigated agriculture and livelihoods of farming families across Pakistan and ACIAR is aimed at adopting a holistic approach that would incorporate the social, environmental, technical and economic aspects of salinity management in Pakistan in future.

Canberra
12 February 2020

High Commissioner for Pakistan, H.E. Mr. Babar Amin expresses condolences on the passing away of Muhammad Ayub Khan, former Honorary Consul of Pakistan in Western Australia

 

The High Commissioner for Pakistan in Canberra, H.E. Mr. Babar Amin has expressed heartfelt condolences to Mr. Farooq Khan and family on the sad demise of late Muhammad Ayub Khan.

Late Muhammad Ayub Khan came to Australia in his early 20s and had served the Pakistani and Muslim community with dedication and great devotion. He was the Honorary Consul for Pakistan in Western Australia for more than three decades. He had also been the trustee of the Perth Mosque for over sixty years, past member of the Australian Immigration Review Tribunal, founder of Halal meat Board of Western Australia and a leading member of the Perth Pakistani community.

During his tenure as the Honorary Consul of Pakistan, he facilitated people to people contacts. The Government of Pakistan dearly values his contributions. His death is a great loss for the Pakistani community in Australia and for the High Commission for Pakistan. He services will be remembered for years.

Late Muhammad died peacefully at the age of 94 and has left a widow, two sons and a daughter.

May Allah Almighty rest his soul in eternal peace and give courage to the bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss, Aameen!

Canberra

11 February 2020

High Commissioner for Pakistan’s meeting with Honourable Nola Marino, Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories

 

The High Commissioner for Pakistan, Mr. Babar Amin, met the Hon. Nola Marino MP, Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories in her office at the Parliament.

The High Commissioner stated that, Australia and Pakistan enjoy a long-standing, cordial and growing relationship marked by deepening people-to-people links. He lauded the commendable parliamentary cooperation that exists between Pakistan and Australia and added that the Parliaments of Pakistan and Australia have developed a long-term partnership which needs to be further fortified.

The High Commissioner briefed the Assistant Minister about the trade and investment opportunities in Pakistan in the fields mining, gas, oil exploration and infrastructure development projects. The High Commissioner added that ample opportunities also existed for cooperation between Australian States and different provinces in Pakistan.  He invited the Assistant Minister to participate in the Seminar for Asia-Pacific Parliaments on achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), jointly being organized by the National Assembly of Pakistan and International Parliamentary Union (IPU), in Islamabad, on 2-3 March 2020.

The Assistant Minister thanked the High Commissioner for the briefing and expressed keen interest enhancing cooperation with Pakistan in various fields. She further discussed the different aspects of cooperation between the two countries, especially in the domains of parliamentary exchanges, mining, science, technology, research and investment. She stated that Australia’s experience in Development of Regions and Territories could be useful for the Asia-Pacific countries.

Canberra 

11 February 2020

High Commissioner for Pakistan, Mr. Babar Amin calls on the President of the Senate, Senator the Honourable Scott Rayan

 

High Commissioner Babar Amin called on the President of the Senate, Senator the Honourable Scott Rayan today in his office.

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

The High Commissioner briefed the President about the Pakistan-Australia parliamentary friendship group in the National Assembly and Senate of Pakistan stated that such bilateral Forums augmented bilateral parliamentary interactions. Stressing on the need to enhance bilateral Parliamentary visits between both the sides, he invited Hon. Scott Rayan to visit Pakistan at mutually convenient dates.

The President of Australian Senate thanked the High Commissioner for the briefing and stated that the Charter of the Commonwealth brings us together for upholding democracy, human rights and the rule of law. He appreciated the constructive role being played by the dynamic Pakistani Community in various spheres. He appreciated the role of Parliamentary Friendship Groups in the two Parliaments and added that, such bilateral parliamentary cooperation affords both sides an opportunity to engage in mutually beneficial interactions.  The President of Australian Senate agreed to include a future visit to Pakistan in his calendar, subject to mutual agreement on time.    

Canberra

10 February 2019

High Commissioner for Pakistan’s meeting with Honourable Patrick Gorman, Member of the Federal Parliament from Perth

 

The High Commissioner for Pakistan, Mr. Babar Amin, met Honourable Patrick Gorman, Member from Perth, in the Federal House of Representatives. The High Commissioner lauded the commendable parliamentary cooperation that exists between Pakistan and Australia and stated that the two Parliaments need to develop a long-term partnership which needs to be further fortified.

The High Commissioner underlined the need to strengthen the Parliamentary Friendship Groups and regular parliamentary interaction during the meetings of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and other regional and international parliamentary organisations. The High Commissioner also briefed Mr. Gorman about the trade and investment opportunities in Pakistan especially in the fields mining, gas, oil exploration and infrastructure development projects.

Mr. Gorman thanked the High Commissioner for the briefing and conveyed his happiness to be able to take a lead role in enhancing Parliamentary cooperation between the two countries. He also discussed various other area of cooperation between the two countries including trade, investment, agriculture, education, mining, science and technology.

Canberra 

7 February 2020

High Commissioner for Pakistan’s meeting with Chancellor of the Australian National University

 

The High Commissioner for Pakistan, Mr. Babar Amin, met the Chancellor of the Australian National University, the Honourable Julie Bishop in her office today.

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 Chancellor to further promote cooperation with Pakistan in the fields of higher education, vocational education and training, skills development 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 Chancellor appreciated the High Commissioner for visiting the University and briefed him about different aspects of research and education at the University’s campus. She assured that, there are ample opportunities in the fields of joint research, short training and internship under the Colombo plan with Pakistan and that her University would like to build long-term relations with different universities in Pakistan for the common benefit.

Canberra 

6 February 2020

 

 

Kashmir Solidarity Day, 5 February 2020

 

To mark the Kashmir Solidarity Day, a seminar titled “Upholding the Human Rights of the People of Jammu & Kashmir”, was organized on 5 February 2020 at the High Commission for Pakistan, Canberra. This year’s Kashmir Solidarity Day was commemorated amidst the continuing lockdown of IOJ&K by the Indian security forces in the aftermath of the Indian Government’s illegal constitutional changes of 5 August 2019.

The list of speakers included former Senator Ms. Lee Rhiannon, Member of the Legislative Assembly of the Australian Capital Territory Parliament Ms. Li Couteur, Member of the Legislative Assembly of the New South Wales Parliament Mr. David Shoebridge, renowned politico-strategic analyst and author Dr. Christopher Snedden, prominent academic and expert on South Asia and Kashmir Dr. Claude Rakisits, peace activist and advocate for human rights Ms. Diana Abdel-Rahman, Reverend Canon Kevin Stone and the High Commissioner for Pakistan, Mr. Babar Amin. The cross-section of attendees included parliamentarians, members of the diplomatic community and think tanks, academicians, human rights activists, media personalities, local Australians and members of the Pakistani and Kashmiri diaspora.

In her remarks, former Senator Lee Rhiannon, who is an ardent supporter of the Kashmir cause, drew attention to the deteriorating situation in IOJ&K. She called upon the international community, including the Government of Australia, to intervene and ease the suffering of the people of IOJ&K. She called for the immediate cessation of the lockdown in IOJ&K and to bring normalcy in the lives of the Kashmiris. She also referred to the numerous reports of international organization enumerating the atrocities being committed by the Indian forces in the garb of the draconian laws prevalent in IOJ&K. She also welcomed Pakistan’s commitment to cause of the Kashmiri people especially in the form of diplomatic and moral support.

Dr. Christopher Snedden voiced his concerns about the human rights situation in IOJ&K and the denial of basic facilities to the Muslims of the region.

Mr. David Shoebridge lamented the indifference of the international community including Australia to the plight of the Kashmiris. He vowed to continue to take up the issue on every forum possible.

Dr. Claude Rakisits criticized the draconian laws in force in IOJ&K that give unlimited and unchecked powers to the Indian security forces leading to the ongoing human rights violations. He declared the Government of BJP in India as a blatant violator of human rights and a disgrace to democratic ideals.

Ms. Caroline Le Couteur appreciated the ongoing efforts to draw attention to the miseries of the people of IOJ&K. She called on all parties to the conflict and the international community to ensure the respect, dignity and human rights of all Kashmiris.

Ms. Diana Abdel-Rahman and Reverend Canon Kevin Stone also highlighted the atrocities being perpetrated by the Indian Government in IOJ&K and called upon all parties to respect basic human rights of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

High Commissioner, Mr. Babar Amin, while referring to the numerous international reports that have recorded the current grave situation in IOJ&K, said that Kashmir is an internationally recognized issue. He reiterated the significance of respecting the human rights of the people of IOJ&K, including their inalienable right to self-determination.  The sooner that the Kashmir dispute is settled peacefully, through realization of the human rights of its people, including the Right to Self-determination, the better it would be for the region and the entire world, he added.

Short video clips, depicting the plight of the people of IOJ&K at the hands of the Indian security forces were also shown on the occasion. At the end, participants were served with Kashmiri cuisine.

Canberra

05 February 2020

Exhibition of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Trophy at Pakistan High Commission, Canberra

 

The ICC T20 Women’s Cricket World Cup trophy arrived today at the Pakistan High Commission in Canberra as part of its exhibition journey. A simple ceremony was held to display the trophy.

Mr. Sam Watson, the General Manager of Cricket Australia, who was present on the occasion, appreciated the participation of Pakistan’s Women Cricket Team in the event and requested the High Commissioner to encourage the Pakistani community in Australia to come and watch the cricket matches in the ground. The High Commissioner for Pakistan, Mr. Babar Amin thanked him for bringing the trophy for display at the High Commission and also thanked Cricket Australia for hosting the event.

The ICC Women’s T20 World Cup is scheduled to be held in Australia from 21 February to 8 March 2020. Pakistan will be playing its first match of the event on 26 February at Manuka Oval, Canberra and its second match against England on 28 February at the same venue. The final will take place on 8 March at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on International Women’s Day.

Canberra

30 January 2020

 

 

Annual Consultation Conference

 

The Annual Consultation Conference was held at the High Commission for Pakistan, Canberra today. The Conference was attended by the Officers of the High Commission as well as the Consuls General, Sydney and Melbourne.

Extensive deliberations took place on a variety of issues including, inter alia, the bilateral political relations with Australia, trade and investment promotion, consular services delivery to the Pakistani diaspora, education, cultural and tourism projection, and, science and technology cooperation.

The High Commissioner laid out his vision for promotion of Pakistan’s interest in Australia and asked all officers to utilize all resources for this purpose. He further directed the officers to ensure timely service delivery to the Pakistani diaspora across Australia, as a top priority.

Canberra

25 January 2020

High Commission for Pakistan organized a Video Conference between the ACIAR, TAFE Australia and the PARC and NAVTTC Pakistan

 

The High Commission for Pakistan organized a Video Conference between the Australian Centre for International Agriculture Research (ACIAR) and the Australian Technical And Further Education (TAFE), with the Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) and the National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC), to explore further avenues for cooperation in the relevant fields.

Chairman PARC Dr. Muhammad Azeem Khan and Dr. Nasir Khan, Executive Director, NAVTTC, represented their respective institutions from Islamabad, while Ms. Eleanor Dean, General Manager, ACIAR and Mr. Craig Robertson, Chief Executive Officer, TAFE represented their organizations at the video-link established at the Pakistan High Commission in Canberra.

In his welcoming remarks, High Commissioner Babar Amin highlighted the significant assistance that ACIAR and TAFE Australia have extended to Pakistan in capacity building, research and skills development. The Chairman, PARC and Chief Executive Officer NAVTTC outlined the priorities of their institutions for further strengthening cooperation with the counterparts organizations in Australia.

The Representatives of ACIAR and TAFE stated that cooperation and research collaboration with Pakistan had been very beneficial to the Australian side as well, providing them valuable experience. They expressed keen desire to work on joint projects with their counterpart institutions in Pakistan. It was also agreed that the PARC and NAVTTC from Pakistan side and ACIAR & TAFE from Australia would work jointly to promote Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in the field of agriculture, especially for the empowerment of rural women, in Pakistan.

Canberra

24 January 2020

Meeting of the High Commissioner for Pakistan with the Deputy Secretary, Australian Department of Education

 

High Commissioner Babar Amin met with Deputy Secretary for Higher Education, Australian Department of Education Rob Heferen, to discuss recognition and equivalence of Pakistani academic qualifications and various issues related to Pakistani students. They also discussed research collaboration and cooperation between Pakistani and Australian Universities and the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan.

Highlighting the excellent cooperation between Pakistan and Australia in the field of education, the High Commissioner mentioned that over 13,000 Pakistanis were currently studying in Australia, while 108 out of these were funded by the HEC. He emphasized the need to review the Country Education Profile (CEP) of Pakistan under the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) so that the Pakistani academic qualifications, skills and experience are graded appropriately, in keeping with the enhanced standards of its institutions. The High Commissioner also informed the Deputy Secretary about the joint collaborative research opportunities in Pakistan.

Deputy Secretary Rob Heferen asked his colleagues to look into the issue of reviewing Pakistan’s CEP, as considerable time had elapsed since the last review was undertaken. He also expressed interest to enhance research collaboration and institutional linkup between Australian and Pakistani academic and educational institutions.

Canberra

24 January 2020

The President, Prime Minister and Chairman Senate of Pakistan express condolences and sympathies with their Australian counterparts over the bushfires

 

The President of Pakistan, H.E. Dr. Arif Alvi, Prime Minister, H.E. Mr. Imran Khan and the Honurable Chairman Senate, H.E. Mr. Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani have expressed their heartfelt condolences and sympathies with the government and people of Australia over the devastating bushfires.

In their separate condolence messages to the Honourable Governor General, Prime Minister and President of the Senate of Commonwealth of Australia, the Pakistani dignitaries have stated that, the thoughts and prayers of the government and people of Pakistan are with all those affected by the shocking bushfires in Australia.

President Dr. Arif Alvi has expressed the confidence that the Australian people will overcome this challenge with their characteristic resilience.

Prime Minister Imran Khan while expressing deep sorrow over the loss of precious lives and large-scale material damage has conveyed Pakistan’s readiness to assist in any manner possible, keeping in view the close friendly ties and deep-rooted historical connections between the two countries.

Chairman Senate Mr. Sanjrani also conveyed his readiness to help and support Australian authorities by everything in his power in this challenging time. 

Canberra

13 January 2020

High Commissioner Babar Amin briefs Senator Katy Gallagher of the Australian Labor Party, on the situation in IOJ&K

 

High Commissioner Babar Amin met with Senator Katy Gallagher, member for Canberra, of the Australia Labor Party in the Federal Parliament, at her office, today.

The High Commissioner appreciated and commended Senator Gallagher for her intervention in the Parliament on the issue of human rights violations in the India Occupied Jammu and Kashmir. Referring to her interventions, the High Commissioner briefed her on the latest situation in IOJ&K in the backdrop of the illegal abrogation of autonomy and removal of restriction on the demographic changes in the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOJ&K) by the Indian government, on 5th August 2019.  Senator Gallagher said that raising the issue of plight of the Kashmiris in the Parliament was the least she could do.

The High Commissioner drew her attention to the Reports of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) issued in June 2018 and July 2019 about the grave human rights violations in IOJ&K. Upon Senator Gallagher’s query as to the current condition of the people in IOJ&K, the High Commissioner stated that situation has gone from bad to worse despite the claims to the contrary. Drawing attention to the yesterday’s call of the World Human Rights Day to ‘Stand up for Human Rights’, the High Commissioner hoped the International Community and Australia would also be able to support the restoration of the human rights of Kashmiris.

Senator Katy Gallagher thanked the High Commissioner for the briefing and expressed deep concern on the situation in IOJ&K. She agreed with the High Commissioner’s assertion that the international community must act swiftly to avoid further damage to the fabric of the lives of the Kashmiri people. She also stated that the Australian silence on many issues was unfortunate which, was a sort of deviation from its advocacy for human rights.

Canberra

11 December 2019

Mr. Timothy Weeks, the Australian who had remained hostage in Afghanistan for more than three years, visited the High Commission for Pakistan in Canberra, today. He requested the High Commissioner Babar Amin to convey his gratitude to Prime Minister Imran Khan and the Government of Pakistan for their support and facilitation to secure his release in Afghanistan. He was also appreciative of Pakistan’s role in supporting the Afghan peace process.

The High Commissioner expressed his delight over the release and safe return of Mr. Weeks. He commended his resilience and courage in the face of hardship suffered during the long incarceration. The whole of the Pakistani nation was elated on hearing the good news of his release, the High Commissioner added. The High Commissioner conveyed his best wishes to Mr. Timothy Weeks in his future life.

The High Commissioner further stated that Pakistan strongly believes that the solution of the Afghan conflict lied in a politically negotiated settlement led and owned by the Afghans themselves. Pakistan had committed more than US$ 1 billion to the development of Afghanistan and had hosted millions of Afghan refugees for more than four decades on its soil, with over 2.7 million still residing in country. He reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment to support the international community’s efforts in bringing peace and stability in Afghanistan.

Canberra,

04 December 2019

High Commissioner Babar Amin briefs Senator Richard Di Natale, leader of the Australian Greens Party, on the situation in IOJ&K

High Commissioner Babar Amin met with Senator Richard Di Natale, leader of the Australia Greens, at the Federal Parliament, today.

The High Commissioner appreciated the Greens for their consistent and unwavering support to the Right to Self-determination of Kashmiris.  He especially admired the support rendered after the illegal abrogation of autonomy and removal of restriction on the demographic changes in the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOJ&K) by the Indian government, on 5th August 2019. The High Commissioner thanked the Greens for tabling Resolutions and making statements by its Senators and Representatives, including by Senator Di Natale himself, in the Federal and State Parliaments.

The High Commissioner briefed the Greens leader on the Reports of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) issued in June 2018 and July 2019 about the grave human rights violations in IOJ&K. He also highlighted the Reports issued by the OHCHR and other Human Rights Organizations, Civil Society, Global Leaders and International Media, since 5th August this year.

Senator Di Natale thanked the High Commissioner for outreaching to the Greens and to brief him on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir. Expressing deep concerns, he raised numerous queries to learn about the human rights and humanitarian plight of the people of IOJ&K. The Greens leader also inquired about the current situation in the backdrop of certain claims that ‘normalcy had return to the region’. The High Commissioner drew attention to the numerous recent reports by the Indian civil society highlighting that situation in IOJ&K was ‘far from being normal’.

Senator Di Natale stated that it was Greens’ position to stand against human rights violations globally and assured to continue raising voice for the realization of the rights of the Kashmiris.

Canberra

26 November 2019

No Money for Terror Ministerial Conference, Melbourne

The Australian Government hosted an International Conference on “No Money for Terror”, in Melbourne from 07-08 November 2019. Delegations from 70 countries across the globe, participated in the conference.

The Ministerial Conference focused on efforts made by the global community in combatting Terror Financing.  The Conference discussed the global efforts to curb terror financing under six thematic areas of international cooperation, including NPOs, Virtual currencies and the role of Public Private Partnership in effectively curbing the menace of terror financing.

High Commissioner Babar Amin led Pakistan’s delegation to the Conference. In his intervention, the High Commissioner highlighted Pakistan’s role in curbing Terror Financing and putting in place risk-based controls and measures to combat the entire terrorism related paraphernalia. The High Commissioner also had a brief chat with Australian Home Minister Peter Dutton on the sidelines of the Conference and informed him about the outcomes of the Pakistan – Australia JWG meeting on Border Management and Transnational Crime, held earlier this year.

The “No Money for Terror” is an annual Conference, initiated by France in the year 2018. This was the second Conference on the subject.

Canberra

15 November 2019

 

Iqbal Day at the High Commission for Pakistan in Canberra

 

To commemorate the 142nd birth anniversary of Poet of the East, Doctor Allama Mohammad Iqbal, a ceremony was held at the High Commission for Pakistan in Canberra.

Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran, H.E. Mr. Fereidoun Haghbin and Madam Mrs Zahra HAGHBIN were the guests of honour. Members of diplomatic corps from other countries and Pakistani community also attended the event.

In his scholarly address, the Ambassador of Iran stated that Iqbal had given a clear direction which could still be utilised for uniting the Muslim ummah. He paid tribute to the poet of the East in these words, “Iqbal’s poetry is a beacon of light and a source of inspiration for millions in Iran, Turkey, Central Asia and beyond even today.”

In his remarks, High Commissioner, H. E.  Mr. Babar Amin recapitulated various phases of Iqbal’s poetry. He mentioned that Iqbal’s message had not only emancipated the Muslims of the Sub-Continent but had inspired several movements across the globe. Emphasising that Iqbal’s thoughts were primarily focused towards the spiritual well-being and the development of human society, the High Commissioner underscored that Mohammad Iqbal teachings could play a role in bringing peace and harmony in the world. He stated that the multicultural society of Australia could also benefit from Iqbal’s vision of love, harmony and human dignity.

Mr. Muhammad Ali also presented his essay about Iqbal’s philosophy. Iqbal Khan recited verses of Iqbal in his melodious voice. Videos on Iqbal’s life and poetry were also presented. A quiz competition about Allam Iqbal’ s life was held which was especially liked by the community members. A Photo Exhibition was also organised to display various aspects of the life of the poet of the East.

Earlier, Quran Khawani was also held and Naats were recited at the Chancery on the auspicious occasion of 12 Rabiul Awaal.

 

Canberra

11 November 2019

High Commissioner addresses event celebrating 550th birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak Dev at Victorian Parliament

High Commissioner Babar Amin addressed an event held to commemorate the 550th birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of Sikh religion. The event organized by the local Sikh community at the Victorian Parliament was attended by the members of Federal and State Parliaments, government officials, and many Sikh devotees.

In his remarks, High Commissioner felicitated the Sikh community on the 550th birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak and lauded his message of love and peace. Briefing about the opening Kartarpur Corridor, he stated that it was a goodwill initiative of the Prime Minister Imran Khan in deference to the call of the Sikh Community and reflects Pakistan’s desire to promote peace, forbearance and harmony taking stronger roots in the region. He informed that Sikh Pilgrims could enter Pakistan without visas through the Kartarpur Corridor to offer their prayers and respects at Gurdwara Darbar Saheb, a place where Baba Guru Nanak spend last 18 years of his life. The construction of the 4-kilometre Corridor including river bridge, its huge immigration station with 80 counters, renovated and expansion of Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Complex had been completed in a short span of nine months.

The High Commissioner also praised the Victorian government for its policy of strengthening and promoting multiculturalism.

The hosts warmly thanked the government of Pakistan for fulfilling the long-standing wish of the Sikh Community and expressed the hope that this step would lead to lasting peace and stability in the region. The Australian Members of Parliament attending the event also appreciated the positive goodwill gesture by Pakistan.

Canberra

11 November 2019

High Commissioner meeting Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Victoria

 

High Commissioner Babar Amin met with Hon Richard Wynne, Minister for Multicultural Affairs of Victoria in Melbourne. The meeting provided an opportunity to discuss matters of mutual interest and explore potential areas of collaboration between Pakistani provinces and Victoria.

High Commissioner was appreciative of Victoria’s success as a hub of quality education which was attracting an ever-increasing number of international students to the State, including a large number from Pakistan. He mentioned the existence of opportunities for collaboration between Pakistan’s higher education institutions and local universities. Minister Wynne appreciated the idea and undertook to discuss it with universities in Melbourne.

High Commissioner thanked the Victorian government for taking excellent care of Pakistani community. Minister concurred with the High Commissioner stating that the Pakistani community has been able to mark its presence and is contributing positively to Australia in a short period of time.  He added that Pakistani community was among the “most peaceful and law-abiding” communities in Victoria.

Canberra

11 November 2019

High Commissioner Babar Amin met with Hon Bronwyn Halfpenny MP Member of Legislative Assembly and Co-Convener of the Friendship Group of Pakistan in Victoria’s Parliament

High Commissioner Babar Amin met with Hon Bronwyn Halfpenny MP, Member of Legislative Assembly and Co-Convener of the Friendship Group of Pakistan in Victoria’s Parliament. The High Commissioner lauded the establishment of the Friendship Group and expressed the confidence that it would go a long way in strengthening people-to-people and parliament-to-parliament contacts. He invited the group for a visit to Pakistan.

MLA, Hon Bronwyn Halfpenny expressed satisfaction over the establishment of Pakistan Friendship Group in the Victoria Parliament and expressed the view that it was reflective of the State’s desire to strengthen ties with Pakistan.

The High Commissioner briefed Ms. Halfpenny on the human rights violations and humanitarian crisis in Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir where people have been put under a lockdown for over three months with little access to outside world. It is imperative that the international community play its role in ending IOJ&K’s plight, he added. MLA, Ms. Halfpenny expressed concern over the situation.

Melbourne

8 November 2019

High Commissioner’s meetings with The Hon President of the Legislative Council, The Hon Speaker of the Legislative Assembly and Deputy Leader of Opposition of Western Australia.

The High Commissioner for Pakistan, H.E. Mr. Babar Amin held meetings with The Hon Kate Doust MLC, President of the Legislative Council, The Hon Peter Watson MLA, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia and The Hon Bill Marmion MLA, Deputy Leader of the Opposition at the Parliament House, West Australia.

The Parliamentary leaders and the High Commissioner exchanged views on bilateral matters and expressed satisfaction at the historically friendly relations between Pakistan and Australia. They hoped improvement in people-to-people contacts, state level cooperation and deepening of trade and educational links. The idea of parliamentary friendship groups at the state level and holding of seminars on various issues of mutual concern were also broached.

The High Commissioner Babar Amin stated that the vibrant Pakistani community in Western Australia was playing an important role in the socio-economic development and bringing together various communities in the State.

High Commissioner drew the attention of the leaders towards the grave situation in the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir. He apprised them about the human rights violations by the security forces and the current humanitarian crisis in the IOJ&K. The High Commissioner also brought to their attention the recent Reports of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch and Indian civil society regarding the draconian laws and the rampant human rights violations including enforced disappearances in the IOJ&K. The lock down and restrictions imposed on the civilians since August 05, 2019 had converted Kashmir into a large prison under military occupation, affecting around eight million population, he added.

The President of Legislative Council, Speaker Legislative Assembly and the Deputy Leader of Opposition expressed concerns over the human rights violations and humanitarian situation.  They expressed sympathy with the affectees and called for the need for redressal of the situation.

Canberra 

01 November 2019

Perth: High Commissioner Babar Amin meeting with The Hon Bill Marmion MLA, Deputy Leader of the Opposition at the Parliament House, West Australia.

 

High Commissioner Babar Amin attended the 550th anniversary celebrations of the birth of Baba Guru Nanak Sahib

At the invitation of the United Sikhs and Australian Sikh Council, Western Australia, High Commissioner for Pakistan, H.E. Mr. Babar Amin attended the celebrations of 550th anniversary of the birth of Guru Nanank Sahib, at Perth, Western Australia.

Speaking at the ceremony, the High Commissioner stated that Pakistan has always endeavoured to provide the best possible facilities to the Sikhs from across the world to perform their religious ceremonies in a conducive atmosphere. The Sikh pilgrims visit their holy sites such as Janam Asthan Gurdwara Nankana Sahib, Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur Narowal, Punja Sahib Hasanabdal and many other such sacred places in Pakistan throughout the year.

The High Commissioner stated that the government of Pakistan pays a special attention for the upkeep and renovation of Sikh Gurdwaras. Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee organizes all Sikh religious rites and festivals.

Informing about the special initiative of the Prime Minister Imran Khan to open Kartarpur Corridor, the High Commissioner stated that bilateral agreement on the modalities has already been signed between Pakistan and India on 24 October 2019.

Kartarpur is revered by the Sikhs for Baba Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the founder of Sikhism, had spent the last eighteen years of his life over there. The Sikhs had been urging Pakistan to further facilitate access to the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur. Prime Minister Imran Khan announced visa free Kartarpur Corridor for Sikh Pilgrims, soon after his appointment and invited Indian government for talks on the modalities.

Pakistan looks forward to opening the Corridor on 9 November 2019. Initially 5,000 Sikh pilgrims would be provided visa free access every day through the Corridor. This numbers would be enhanced to daily 10,000 in due course. The High Commissioner also informed the audience about the easing of visa requirements for Sikhs settled in various countries intending to visit Pakistan for pilgrimage.

The Government of Pakistan formed special committees to oversee the development and maintenance of the Kartarpur Corridor and complete renovation as well as enlargement of the Darbar sahib Kartarpur Gurdwara Complex. In an enormous amount of work undertaken during the last one year, Darbar sahib is now the world’s largest Gurdwara Complex, with an area of over 1500 acres.

Mr. Harkirat Singh, Australian Sikh Council, Mr. Gurbaksh Singh, Sikh Supreme Council of Australia, Mr. Jarnail Singh Bhaur, Sikh Gurudwara Perth Bennett Springs, and Dr. Sukhpreet Singh Udoke, Founder, Institution for Teaching Ideology, Heritage and Artefacts of Sikhs and others appreciated the High Commissioner for gracing the occasion and briefing them about the Kartarpur Corridor and Darbar sahib Gurdwara complex.  They also lauded the Government of Pakistan for providing an highly friendly and conducive environment to the Sikh pilgrims. The Sikh Speakers especially thanked Prime Minister Imran Khan for his epoch-making initiative of the opening of the Kartarpur Corridor.

Canberra,

01 November 2019

High Commissioner for Pakistan’s Call on the Governor of Western Australia

The High Commissioner for Pakistan, H.E. Mr. Babar Amin, called on The Hon Kim Beazley, AC, the Governor of Western Australia at the Government House, Perth.

The High Commissioner stated that the relations between Pakistan and Australia were on the upward trajectory. He underscored that the people to people contacts between Pakistan and Australia were very strong and cricket had also played an important role in bringing our people closer. Mr. Babar Amin emphasized the need for increasing interactions and evolving mechanisms for the regular exchange of views for promotion of bilateral cooperation in all spheres of life including trade and economic cooperation etc., at the State level.

The Governor appreciated the historically friendly relations between Australia and Pakistan and hoped that the relations would grow further. He recalled his fond memories of the University of Oxford when Prime Minister Imran Khan used to play cricket for the University. Concurring with High Commissioner on the need to strengthen State level ties, the Governor stated that he would convey to the government of Western Australia, Pakistan’s desire to deepen trade, economic, scientific and educational relations.

The High Commissioner also gave a detailed briefing about the human rights violations and the humanitarian crisis in the Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IOJ&K). He stated that the Indian actions of 5th August 2019 were aimed at depriving the Kashmiris of their right to self-determination. The High Commissioner added that eight million Kashmiris had been under virtual lockdown for the third consecutive month now, facing the state enhanced human rights violations and living under tremendous hardship. He drew attention of the Governor towards the Reports of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and other organizations that have consistently expressed grave concern on the human rights and humanitarian situation in the IOJ&K.

Canberra 

31 October 2019

High Commissioner Babar Amin delivers lecture on Human Rights and Humanitarian Situation in Kashmir at the University of Western Australia, Perth

The High Commissioner for Pakistan to Australia, Mr. Babar Amin was invited by the Centre for Muslim States and Societies at the University of Western Australia, to deliver a Public Lecture on the “Human Rights and Humanitarian Situation in Kashmir” since the revocation of its special status.

The High Commissioner thanked the Centre for Muslim States and Societies, University of Western Australia for inviting him to speak on a very important issue which is vital for regional peace, security and stability.

High Commissioner, Babar Amin dilated upon the genesis of the Kashmir dispute and the illegal Indian occupation of the Jammu and Kashmir. He also gave the historical background of forcibly taking over of the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir by the Indian military on 27 October 1947, which is since marked as a Black Day by Kashmiris around the world.

Speaking about the illegal actions of Indian government to abrogate the autonomous status and lifting restrictions on non-J&K persons acquiring permanent residence in IOJ&K, the High Commissioner regarded these as attempt to annex the territory and changing its demography. He elucidated the illegality of these action for being contrary to the International law, UN Charter, several UN Security Council resolutions and the bilateral agreements between Pakistan and India.

High Commissioner Babar Amin apprised the audience about the gravely enhanced human rights violations and the ensuing humanitarian crisis in IOJ&K, since the illegal Indian actions of 05 August this year. He cited the statement of UN Secretary General, UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Statement of the members of the UK’s House of Commons, Special sessions of the US House and Senate on Kashmir, and the serious concerns expressed by international human rights organizations and media worldwide on the prevailing lockdown of the 8 million people in IOJ&K.

While reiterating Pakistan’s commitment to provide moral, political and diplomatic support to the people of Jammu & Kashmir, the High Commissioner emphasized that the International Community including Australia had the responsibility to addressing human rights violations and humanitarian crisis in IOJ&K, on priority putting aside any political and economic expediencies.

The event was well attended by the Pakistanis, Kashmiris including those from the Pandit community and Australians. An interactive Q&A session followed the lecture, in which the attendees took significant interest. The queries of the participants were responded to at length, citing historical documents, principles of international law and opinion of eminent jurists and international human rights organizations.

At the end, the Director, Centre for Muslim States and Societies at the University of Western Australia, thanked the High Commissioner for visiting the University and delivering a scholastic and informative lecture for the benefit of the students and attendees from the public.

Canberra

27 October 2019

 

Forum on “Peace in South Asia: Lockdown of Eight Million Kashmiris”

To mark the Kashmir Black Day (falling on 27 October every year), a forum was organized on 24 October 2019 in the New South Wales Parliament by the Kashmir Council of Australia. This year’s Kashmir Black Day was commemorated amidst the continuing lockdown of IOJ&K by the Indian security forces in the aftermath of the Indian Government’s illegal constitutional changes of 5 August 2019. The topic of the forum this year was aptly named “Lockdown of Eight Million Kashmiris”.

Those who attended the event included high profile NSW parliamentarians from various parties. Among the notable attendees were Honourable Shaoquett Moselmane, Labour Party Member Legislative Council (MLC), David Shoebridge, Greens Party’s MLC, former Federal Senator Lee Rhiannon, Mr. Jihad Dib, Member NSW Parliament, Mr. Shayne Mallard, Member Legislative Council of NSW, Mr. Kyser Trad, Founder of Islamic Friendship Association of Australia along with academics, scholars, teachers and members of Kashmiri and Pakistani community. Mr. Babar Amin, High Commissioner for Pakistan also attended.

In his remarks Honourable Shaoquett Moselmane, emphasised the need for a peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute. He also called upon the Indian Government to lift the curfew and let life come back to normalcy in the valley.

Speaking on the occasion former Senator Lee Rhiannon drew attention to the deteriorating situation in IOJ&K. She called upon the international community, including the Government of Australia, to intervene and ease the suffering of the people of IOJ&K. She called for the immediate cessation of the lockdown in IOJ&K and to bring normalcy in the lives of the Kashmiris. She also referred to the numerous reports of international organization enumerating the atrocities being committed by the Indian forces in the garb of the draconian laws prevalent in IOJ&K. She also welcomed Pakistan’s commitment to cause of the Kashmiri people especially in the form of diplomatic and moral support.

Mr. Jihad Dib voiced his concerns about the human rights situation in IOJ&K and the denial of basic facilities to the people. He cautioned the international community against lethargy in reacting to this crisis of enormous proportions. Mr. Dib called for the immediate lifting of curfew and release of prisoners by the authorities.

Mr. David Shoebridge also lamented the indifference of the international community including Australia to the plight of the Kashmiris. He vowed to take up the issue on every forum possible. He read out a resolution that had been tabled in the NSW Parliament and was expected to be deliberated upon soon. The resolution condemned the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the IOJ&K. Mr. Kyser Trad criticized the draconian laws in force in IOJ&K that give unlimited and unchecked powers to the Indian security forces leading to the ongoing human rights violations. He declared the Government of BJP in India as the most atrocious violator of human rights. Mr. Trad appealed to the Australian Government to take concrete measures to force India to step back from its suppression of the people of IOJ&K. A resolution was also presented by Mr. Kyser Trad which was unanimously adopted (as Annexure).

High Commissioner Mr. Babar Amin informed the audience that as a result of the 5th August’s measure by the Indian Government, restrictions were lifted on non-J&K persons to acquire permanent domicile in the territory which would change the demographic composition of the territory, adversely affecting the future UN organized plebiscite in J&K. The Indian Actions are illegal under international law for being in violation of UN Charter, UN Security Council Resolutions and bilateral Agreements between Pakistan and India on Jammu and Kashmir.

The High Commissioner said that as a result of the lockdown 8 million Kashmiri people were faced with acute food shortages, little access to health services and have been deprived off their means to livelihood.

Other speakers, including Miss Amara Khan, Mr. Anjum Rafiqui and Dr. Ali Sarfaraz of the Kashmir Council of Australia also made a passionate appeal to the international community to act swiftly and stop the ethnic cleansing being carried out in IOJ&K by India. 

Canberra

25 October 2019

RESOLUTION

Presented during the Forum on Peace in South Asia held on 24 October 2019 at NSW Parliament House.

 

The Jammu & Kashmir dispute is a nuclear flashpoint in South Asia. God forbid if a nuclear war starts, no living being will remain unimpacted. We, therefore, discharge our moral obligations to pursue support for continuity for life on the planet by adopting the following resolution:

  1. India must immediately lift the curfew, end the communications and internet blackout; release all detained children, protestors, and elected Kashmiri political leaders; reduce Indian security forces in the region; and, immediately reinstate the protected status of Jammu and Kashmir.
  2. The Australian government and the international community must blacklist from trade any Indian logistics and technology companies that have actively supplied or furthered India’s military takeover of Kashmir or construction of concentration camps for Muslims stripped on Indian citizenship.
  • The Australian government must immediately adopt visa restrictions on any Indian government official, military leader, or political party leader who has ordered or overseen: India’s military takeover of Kashmir; stripping Indian Muslim nationals of their rightful Indian citizenship; construction of concentration camps for Muslims stripped of Indian citizenship.
  1. The Australian government must institute a visa ban on Indian Prime Minister Narindra Modi.
  2. India must stop all violations of human rights and war crimes in Jammu & Kashmir.
  3. India must immediately restore all transportation, TV, health services, food supply and other essentials services suspended since 5 August 2019.
  • Both India and Pakistan should resume dialogue to arrange a free and fair plebiscite allowing Kashmiris to decide their destiny as promised by the UN in 1948.
  • India must withdraw all its occupation troops from Kashmir by no later than 30 June 2020. If necessary, such troops can be replaced by a reasonable deployment of UN peace keeping forces along the India Kashmir border.

End of resolution

 

‘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