Security and economy, key priorities of the government: Interior Minister Ch
Improving internal security and economy of the country are the two key
priorities of the Government of Pakistan. This was stated by Interior Minister
Ch Nisar Ali Khan in his address as the Guest of Honour at the 63rd Annual
Dinner of The Pakistan Society held at The Great Hall, Lincoln’s Inn, London
last evening. The Minister was accompanied by High Commissioner Syed Ibne Abbas.
The Minister appreciated the good work of The Pakistan Society in creating
linkages between the people of the two countries but said the body has enormous
potential which needs to be tapped for the benefit of the two countries. He
invited a delegation of the Society to Pakistan to see the positive developments
taking place in economy, security and institutions of the country. Once
returned, he suggested the delegation might apprise the British society of these
developments through a series of talks and seminars. The Minister also offered
the Society an office in the new consular building of the High Commission once
its construction is completed.
The Interior Minister shared Pakistan’s security perspective with the guests and
said that with an effective and consensus-oriented National Action Plan of the
government, the security of the country has significantly improved. He said the
fight against terrorism is not over but there is a sea change in security
situation. Owing to this, the economy of the country is showing sustainable
growth, said the Minister. He termed the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)
an ambitious project which could bring about development and prosperity not only
in Pakistan but in the entire region. He also invited the diaspora and the
British investors to take advantage of the profitable investment opportunities
in Pakistan in the wake of CPEC.
Speaking on the bilateral relations, the Minister fondly remembered that Prime
Minister David Cameron was the first head of the state who visited Pakistan
after the present government came into power in 2013. He also recalled Prime
Minister Cameron’s famous statement he made during the visit: “Pakistan’s enemy
is our enemy and Pakistan’s friend is our friend.” The Minister said the
bilateral relations have never been better but a lot can be done to further
strengthen the economic and people to people relations.
As the Guest of Honour from the British side, The Rt. Hon. Sajid Javid MP, The
Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, in his address said
that links between Pakistan and the UK are strong at all levels and are rooted
in shared values, culture and history which are further supplemented by the
presence of strong Pakistani diaspora in the UK. The Secretary underscored that
Pakistani businesses have incredible potential for growth and investment and the
operations of more than 120 British companies in Pakistan is a manifestation to
that fact. He stated that Pakistan is important to British Government and UK’s
international development budget for Pakistan is the largest of all our
bilateral aid programmes.
At the end, Sir William Blackburne, Chairman of the Pakistan Society thanked all
the guests and those involved in organizing the dinner.
The Pakistan Society was founded in 1951. The Patrons of the Society are HRH the
Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh and H.E. The President of the Islamic Republic
of Pakistan. Based in London, the Pakistan Society endeavours to increase public
knowledge in Britain of the arts, history, antiquities and geography of
Pakistan, as well as its economic life and political institutions through
regular lectures, meetings and social events.