Pakistan highly values ties with UK; desires further expansion: President
PR. No. 159/2021
Islamabad: President Dr Arif Alvi has said that Pakistan attaches high priority to its relations with United Kingdom (UK) and wants to further expand bilateral relations in all areas of mutual benefit. The President made these remarks during a meeting with Lord Wajid Khan, at Aiwan-e-Sadr, today.
Talking to the visiting dignitary, the President briefed him about Pakistan’s smart lockdown policy that led to successfully containing the COVID-19 pandemic. He also highlighted Pakistan’s successes against the war on terror during the last 20 years. Exchanging views over the situation in Afghanistan, the President also highlighted that Pakistan had extended humanitarian support to Afghanistan and facilitated the evacuation of over 12,000 Afghan and foreign nationals. He informed that Pakistan was hosting about 3 million Afghan refugees for the last four decades, besides contributing to the reconstruction and development of Afghanistan.
The President felicitated Lord Wajid on his elevation to the prestigious House of Lords. He added that his elevation to the House of Lords reflected the high regard the people and leadership of the UK had placed in his vision. The President appreciated Lord Wajid’s efforts for raising concerns about human rights violations of the people of the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK). He urged the international community to take notice of the reign of terror being unleashed by the Indian occupation forces against the innocent people of IIOJK and hold India accountable for its abhorrent conduct.
Lord Wajid Khan congratulated Pakistan on handling the COVID-19 pandemic successfully and lauded Pakistan’s smart lockdown strategy in this regard.