High Commissioner Babar Amin held a meeting with Senator Hollie Hughes in Canberra today.

The High Commissioner thanked Senator Hughes for joining Pakistan-Australia Friendship Group and in promoting bilateral relations between the two countries. The High Commissioner informed that Pakistan was keen to enhance cooperation with the Australian side in trade & investment, education, science & technology and health. The High Commissioner stated that there was a need for the two sides to conclude Preferential Trade Agreement or Free Trade Agreement to further promote economic cooperation.

The High Commissioner briefed the Senator regarding Pakistan’s vision of connectivity and sustainable economic development. He stated that Pakistan was focused on economic based and knowledge-based economy. He further informed about various opportunities for the Australian companies to invest in Pakistan. Senator Hughes agreed that there were a number of areas where the two sides could cooperate such as STEM, agriculture, etc. She also expressed desire to meet with the Pakistani community in New South Wales, especially in Newcastle.

The High Commissioner also briefed the Senator regarding the human rights violations in IIOJK. He informed that since August 2019, the human rights violations in IIOJK had escalated, including extra-judicial killings, abduction of Kashmiri youth, use of pellet guns, etc. He stated that the human rights violations were documented by the OHCHR and other International Human Rights Organizations. Senator Hughes stated that the two sides could further discuss the issue during the virtual meeting of the parliamentary groups.

13 April 2021