ISLAMABAD: German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas Tuesday while welcoming Pakistan’s efforts for peace and stability in the region, appreciated Prime Minister Imran Khan’s responsible handling of the situation, particularly the releasing of Indian pilot.
In a meeting with Prime Minister Imran Khan here at PM Office, the visiting German Foreign Minister said the decision of Prime Minister Imran Khan to release the captured Indian pilot had been noted positively by the international community.
Welcoming the German foreign minister, the prime minister said that Pakistan attached high importance to its relations with Germany, which were characterized by shared democratic values and multifaceted cooperation.
He praised the leadership of German Chancellor Angela Merkel particularly her handling of the immigration crisis.
The prime minister apprised the German Foreign Minister on the current regional situation, including India and Afghanistan as well as the steps taken by his government towards de-escalation.
He stressed upon the international community to take notice of the grave human rights violations in Indian Occupied Kashmir.
On bilateral ties, the prime minister welcomed German investment in hydroelectric power generation and automobile sectors of Pakistan.
Terming Germany as an important development partner, the prime minister invited enhanced German technical support to Pakistan in sectors related to human development, especially education and health.
The German Foreign Minister underscored Pakistan’s key role towards peaceful settlement in Afghanistan.
He reiterated German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s invitation to the prime minister to visit Germany.
Meanwhile, Chief Executive Mitsubishi Corporation Kimihide Ando Tuesday said that the Government of Japan had decided to increase its engagement with Pakistan and support its companies to increase their investment in the country.
In a meeting with Prime Minister Imran Khan along with a delegation here at PM Office, Kimihide Ando, also the vice president of Mitsubishi Corporation, said the company had a long association with Pakistan, spanning over six decades by undertaking profitable business ventures in the country, a PM Office statement said.
He was accompanied by Atsushi Fujii, Country Head in Pakistan, Kenichiro Hirai, General Manager, Kosuke Makino, CEO, Tabeer Energy Pvt Ltd and Yasir Mukhtar.
Advisor to Prime Minister Abdul Razzak Dawood, Chairman Energy Task Force Nadeem Babar and senior officials were also present during the meeting. He said that the company was encouraged by the business friendly policies of the present government and intended to further strengthen its footprint, especially in meeting energy requirements of the country.
The prime minister welcomed the decision of the Japanese government and also the interest of Mitsubishi Corporation to explore greater business opportunities in the country.
He highlighted various measures and the steps, being taken to ensure business friendly environment to the foreign investors and improving ease of doing business in the country.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan Tuesday lauded general public for contributing Rs 10 billion for Diamer-Bhasha Dam Fund.
“I will like to pay tribute to the generosity of the people of Pakistan for raising Rs10 billion for the dam’s fund,” the Prime Minister wrote in a tweet.
The Prime Minister also posted a graph showing upward trajectory of the fund in the bank account of Supreme Court of Pakistan and the Prime Minister’s Diamer-Bhasha and Mohmand Dams Fund, with exact figure amounting at Rs 10,007,099,978.
Meanwhile, President Pakistan Muslim League (Quaid) Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain Tuesday called on Prime Minister Imran Khan here.
Minister for Housing Chaudhry Tariq Bashir Cheema and Special Assistant to PM Naeemul Haq also attended the meeting, a PM Office statement said.
During the meeting, both the leaders discussed overall national and political situation of the country.
The PML-Q leader lauded the leading role played by the prime minister during the prevailing circumstances.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan Tuesday directed the Pakistan Baitul Maal to take immediate measures for rehabilitation of around 50,000 families in Balochistan hit by the flood and famine.
The prime minister issued these directives in a meeting with Chairman Pakistan Baitul Maal Aun Abbas Bappi who called on him here at PM Office, according to a statement. The PBM Chairman apprised the prime minister of the performance of the organization, ongoing projects and steps taken to reform the institution. – APP