Ambassador Discusses Pakistan-Qatar Ties
In a recent lecture hosted by the Department of International Affairs (DIA) in the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS), Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to Qatar HE Muhammad Sarfraz A Khanzada highlighted his country’s strong relationship with Qatar and the Gulf countries. The lecture and following Q&A session aimed to give more insight to DIA students on the mutual cooperation that endures between Pakistan and Qatar.
In his opening remarks to the audience comprising DIA faculty and students, and Pakistan Embassy officials, Assistant Professor of International Affairs Dr Farhan Chak noted that one of the Department’s major objectives is to host local and international officials to dialogue with the department’s students and engage them on international events and developments. “We are honored to host Ambassador Khanzada’s lecture to our students on Pakistan-Qatar relations from the perspective of policy, economics, defence and trade”.
The Ambassador gave a short historical brief about Pakistan, noting that it is the only nuclear Islamic country in the world. Pointing to the importance of Pakistan’s relations with Qatar, he said: “There are more than 90,000 Pakistanis living in this generous country and they enjoy the result of the deep mutual respect, friendship and Islamic brotherhood we share. Pakistanis are among the first expatriates who migrated to Qatar and took part in its development especially in building the basic infrastructure of Qatar which is well regarded by the leadership of the State. Pakistan is impressed by the great vision and leadership of The Emir HH Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Sheikha Moza and the Heir Apparent in enhancing the image of Qatar regionally and internationally”.
Ambassador Khanzada added further: “Pakistan and Qatar cooperate with each other in pursuing common goals in international organizations, especially in the UN”. He noted that The Emir is the recipient of Nishan-e-Pakistan, the highest award in Pakistan, which he said, reflects the solid admiration and respect between the two countries.
The Ambassador’s recalled Qatar’s assistance to Pakistan following the 2005 earthquake by providing a medical team of 83 doctors, field hospitals and relief goods in the amount of US$20 million.
Highlighting his country’s contribution to Qatar Armed Forces, and their mutual cooperation and collaboration in the area of defence, the Ambassador said: “Pakistan’s armed forces helped to organize, restructure and systemize Qatar’s armed forces in the 80s and early 90s through advisory teams consisting of hundreds of Pakistan’s officers. Our military training institutions also provided training facilities to Qatar officers”.
On the development of Pakistan-Qatar cooperation in business and trade, Ambassador Khanzada pointed out that many Qatari companies such as Qatar Petroleum, Qatar Airways and Doha Bank established strong investment in Pakistan. He also stated that exports from Qatar to Pakistan are mainly in chemicals and petroleum products while Qatar imports rice, vegetables, fruits and textiles from Pakistan. “We continue to strengthen our relations with Qatar and to increase our business activities in the country by participating in exhibitions, seminars and trade fairs, developing financial and banking sectors, and investing in an export processing zone”, the Ambassador said.