Two cooperation agreements, including memorandums of understanding on the return home of illegal Pakistani refugees and scientific cooperation, were signed by Pakistan and Bosnia on Wednesday, while the leaders of both countries have agreed to strengthen trade ties.
The agreements were signed at the Prime Minister ‘s House in Islamabad, where, at the invitation of Prime Minister Imran Khan, the President of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sefik Dzaferovic, arrived on a two-day visit earlier today.
The PM welcomed the Bosnian leader at his official home, where Dzaferovic was presented with a guard of honour. On the occasion, both leaders officially presented their respective cabinet ministers,
Prime Minister @ImranKhanPTI with H.E. Mr. Šefik Džaferović, Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia & Herzegovina, and his delegation.
— Prime Minister's Office, Pakistan (@PakPMO) November 4, 2020
Later, the signing of numerous agreements between the two countries was witnessed by Prime Minister Imran and Chairman Dzaferovic.
Under the MoUs, a substantial number of undocumented migrants will be returning from Pakistan, now in Bosnia & Herzegovina, by a process of readmission.
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Retired Interior Minister Ijaz Ahmed Shah and Bosnian Security Minister Selmo Cikotic have signed an agreement between the Government of Pakistan and the Council of Ministers of Bosnia & Herzegovina to streamline the re-admission procedures for unauthorised Pakistanis.
Prime Minister @ImranKhanPTI and Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia & Herzegovina Sefik Dzaferovic held one-on-one meeting, followed by delegation-level talks. Ministers and senior Advisers were part of the delegations on both sides. pic.twitter.com/dTUWQbjm8q
— Govt of Pakistan (@GovtofPakistan) November 4, 2020
Federal Minister of Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry and the Bosnian Security Minister have signed an MoU between Pakistan’s Ministry of Science and Technology and the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the field of technical cooperation.
Also present on the occasion were Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Commerce Adviser Abdul Razak Dawood, Climate Change Minister Zartaj Gul and senior officials.
Improving trade relations
Prime Minister Imran, speaking at a joint press conference after the agreements had been concluded, said that the two countries had agreed to strengthen economic ties with each other.
The premier pointed out that trade between the two countries amounted to EUR 4.5 million at present, which he said was “nothing.”
“In order to enhance exchange and collaboration in all respects, we have had meetings and will have more meetings,” he said.
The Prime Minister also thanked Bosnia for promoting the role of Pakistan in occupied Kashmir.
“[Bosnia] took a principled stand and spoke for the interests of the people [and] a just settlement. India, not only with what is happening in Kashmir, but also with minorities in India, has been taken over by a fascist ideology.”
The PM disclosed that in their conference, both leaders have discussed Islamophobia. We opposed terrorist attacks by Muslims in France, but we thought that it was necessary for inter-religious peace that freedom of expression was not used as an instrument to hurt any religious community ‘s feelings, “he continued.”
Every criticism, ridicule or mockery of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) causes the Muslim community and Western countries the greatest pain must recognise that freedom of expression should not be used as a tool against Muslims.
“If this is not recognised, Muslims would respond, leading to marginalisation [and] radicalization.”
Dzaferovic thanked the Premier in his speech for his invitation, adding that he was “thankful for the chance to visit Pakistan.”
He said the two nations were standing by each other in tough times.
Dzaferovic said it was important to respect the human rights of the citizens of occupied Jammu and Kashmir and emphasised that the conflict should be settled in accordance with the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council.
He has firmly condemned Islamophobic events as intolerable, calling for a dialogue about diversity to create bridges and develop unity.
The President noted that in many sectors, including defence, agriculture and diplomacy, there are great prospects for collaboration between the two countries.
The Foreign Office said Dzaferovic also had a meeting with Qureshi in which they spoke about bilateral cooperation.
“It was decided that there was an enormous potential for improving collaboration, especially in the areas of trade and investment, electricity, science and technology, defence , education and people-to – people exchanges.”
At the meeting, the Foreign Minister “emphasised the importance of fostering reciprocal cooperation by making optimal use of the Bilateral Political Consultation (BPC), the Joint Economic Commission (JEC) and the Joint Trade Committee (JTC) mechanisms.” He also provided training for young diplomats from Bosnia & Herzegovina at the Foreign Service Academy, the statement said.
عمران خان کی پہلی بیوی جمائما گولڈ سمتھ نے ایسا کام شروع کردیا کہ جان کر آپ بھی خوشگوار حیرت میں مبتلا ہو جائیں گے
Published in Dharti News, November 5, 2020