ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has urged constructive engagement of the international community and urgent measures to prevent the humanitarian crisis in the face of serious economic challenges in Afghanistan.
Talking to the Speaker of the Council of Representatives of the Kingdom of Bahrain, Fawzia Bint Abdullah Zainal, who called on along with a parliamentary delegation, the prime minister reaffirmed Pakistan’s desire to forge closer ties with the Kingdom in all facets of cooperation.
The prime minister highlighted the serious humanitarian situation in Afghanistan and stressed the need for unfreezing of Afghanistan’s financial assets.
Apprising the visiting dignitary on the ongoing and egregious human rights violations in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the Prime Minister stressed the need for the international community, in particular the Muslim world, to raise its voice for the protection of the fundamental rights of the Kashmiri people.
He also highlighted Islamophobia as the leading issue faced by Muslims globally, and emphasised the importance of unity and solidarity among the Ummah to tackle such issues collectively. The Speaker agreed with the Prime Minister for a constructive and collective response of the Islamic world to the situation in Afghanistan, and support for the Muslim causes.
The Speaker conveyed earnest regards to the Prime Minister from the leadership of the Kingdom. She stressed that her visit was a reaffirmation of long and historic fraternal ties of the two countries.
Recalling continued and close cooperation, bilaterally as well as at multilateral fora, the Speaker expressed desire to further strengthen mutual collaboration, in particular in the fields of trade, commerce and investment. Lauding the contributions of a sizeable Pakistani diaspora in Bahrain, the Speaker termed Pakistanis in Bahrain as kin of the Bahraini people.
The Prime Minister reiterated his invitation to the King and the Crown Prince of Bahrain to visit Pakistan. He expressed special gratitude to the leadership of Bahrain for the care afforded to the 120,000 strong Pakistani Diaspora, in particular during the testing times of the global pandemic.
The Speaker of the Council of Representatives of the Kingdom of Bahrain along with her delegation is visiting Pakistan from 17-21 November 2021 on the invitation of the Speaker of the National Assembly.