Pakistan seeks LNG on credit, reduced price from Qatar
PM Imran and Qatar Emir hold one-on-one meeting first and then
delegation level talks to discuss strengthened economic, trade ties;
Chairmen, senior reps of Qatari business groups call on PM Khan;
Govt cuts taxes to ensure ‘ease of doing business’: Pakistanis told
Respect for Pakistani passport being restored in PTI’s tenure: FM;
Sikh community in Qatar laud PM for Kartarpur groundbreaking;
PM Imran Khan condoles over loss of life in Afghanistan blast and
also expresses his shock over loss of lives in Lasbela road accident
DOHA: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday met Qatari Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, at the Diwan-i-Amiri in Doha.
A formal welcoming ceremony was held in the honour of PM Khan at Amiri Diwan where he was received by Qatari Emir. Both the leaders held one-on-one meeting. Amir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani received the Prime Minister on reaching Amiri Diwan.
The Prime Minister was presented with a Guard of Honor by a smartly turned out contingent of Qatari armed forces.
National anthems of both the countries were played at the occasion.
Later, two sides had delegation level talks which were led by Prime Minister Imran Khan and Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.
During the delegation level meeting all issues of bilateral nature were discussed especially the strengthened economic and trade relations between the two countries.
Emir of Qatar also hosted a lunch for the Prime Minister and the members of his delegation.
Sources said, the two sides have agreed over compliance of the LNG agreement but a review of prices could be discussed.
They discussed the entire spectrum of bilateral ties and regional and international matters of mutual interest.
Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Finance Minister Asad Umar, Petroleum Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Adviser to PM Abdul Razak Dawood, Special Assistant to PM Syed Zulfiqar Abbas Bukhari, Chairman BOI Haroon Sharif, Chairperson Task Force on Energy Nadeem Babar, Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua and Ambassador of Pakistan to Qatar Syed Ahsan Raza Shah are accompanying the premier in the visit.
Earlier, Pakistan’s prime minister met his Qatari counterpart Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani in Doha on Monday and maters of mutual interest, bilateral relations, economic cooperation and other issues were discussed in the meeting.
PM Imran Khan has been in Doha on a two-day official visit to Qatar.
Meanwhile, Chairmen and senior representatives of various Qatari business organizations and groups separately met Prime Minister Imran Khan here on Tuesday and discussed matters of bilateral and mutual interest.
Those who met the Prime Minister included Sheikh Faisal Bin Qasim Bin Faisal Al-Thani, Chairman Qatar Business Association, Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General Supreme Committee for legacy and delivery (FIFA 2022), Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim bin Mohammad Al Thani, Chairman Qatar Chamber and Sheikh Nawaf bin Nasser bin Khaled Al Thani of NBK Group.
Prime Minister Imran Khan was on a two-day visit of the State of Qatar at the invitation of the Emir of Qatar.
Later, addressing overseas Pakistanis in Doha on Tuesday, Prime Minister Imran Khan has said the government has reduced taxes to ensure ease of doing business and to attract foreign direct investment in Pakistan.
Addressing, he said 36 taxes have been reduced to 16 to facilitate foreign investors.
Imran Khan said Pakistan has huge potential for tourism and it can earn billions of dollars from this sector. He said Pakistan has fascinating beaches, snow clad peaks, religious sights of Sikhism, Buddhism, and Hinduism to attract large number of tourists from across the globe.
The Prime Minister said the government is trying it hard to overcome the massive trade deficit it inherited from the previous rulers. He said overseas Pakistanis are the great asset of Pakistan as they are contributing a lot in the development of their motherland. He said a time is not far away when people will not go overseas in search of jobs as Pakistan is going to become economic hub.
Imran Khan said he has been waging war against corruption and money laundering, which will be taken to its logical conclusion.
He said no corruption scandal has so far emerged in five-month of PTI government in Pakistan.
The Prime Minister thanked Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani for according him and his delegation a warm welcome.
In his address, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Tuesday said that the respect of Pakistani passport was being restored across the globe due to the positive policies adopted by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) government under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Addressing the Pakistani community in Doha, Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that PM Imran Khan had assumed the office when the country was in crises. He claimed that the PTI’s government would steer the country out of crises.
The foreign minister said that overseas Pakistanis always showed trust in the leadership of PM Imran Imran Khan. He said that together they would make Naya Pakistan.
Meanwhile, representatives of the Sikh community in Qatar called on Prime Minister Imran Khan in Doha on Tuesday.
The representatives thanked the prime minister for the groundbreaking of Kartarpur Corridor which was the longstanding desire of the Sikh community globally.
In line with PM Khan’s commitment to open Kartarpur Corridor on the occasion of the 550th birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak, Pakistan on Monday shared a draft agreement for facilitation of Sikh Yatrees with India through the Indian high commission in Islamabad.
The spokesperson said that the government had appointed Director General South Asia Dr Faisal as the focal person on Kartarpur and requested that the government of India designate a focal person at its end.
He said that Pakistan also invited government of India to urgently send a delegation to Islamabad to negotiate and finalize the agreement.
Pakistan took this step to accommodate the longstanding request of the Sikh community, especially from India particularly in view of 550th birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak, the spokesperson added.
He said that this was in line with Islamic principles that advocate respect for all religions and Pakistan’s policy of promoting inter-faith harmony and religious tolerance.
Pakistan would continue with its efforts to bring peace and stability in the region, the spokesperson concluded.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan Tuesday condemned the terrorist attack in Afghan Maidan Wardak province and conveyed his condolences to the people of Afghanistan over loss of lives.
On his twitter account, the Prime Minister said “My condolences go to the people of Afghanistan at the great loss of life, suffered in the condemnable act of terror in Maidan Wardak province on Monday.”
He also prayed for the early return of peace in the war-ravaged neighbouring country.
Prime Minister Imran Khan also expressed his deep grief and sorrow over loss of precious lives in a tragic road accident in Lasbela District and called for observance of traffic rules.
He also expressed his condolence for the bereaved families and prayed for grant of courage to them to bear the tragic loss, PM office media wing in press release said.
The Prime Minister directed to ensure provision of best medical care to the injured. “Such tragic incidents remind us of our responsibility to strictly adhere to traffic rules and regulations for our own safety as well as of others,” he added.
Unfortunately, he said, traffic related accidents, either due to neglect of rules or poor vehicles safety, caused more losses than any other catastrophe.
“Let us value life. Let us be more careful towards this most precious gift of Almighty Allah,” the press release quoted the Prime Minister as saying. – Agencies