Naz Shah MP I have a large Diaspora within my constituency which is why I am writing to simply ask what scientific data is any decision being lead by?

Naz Shah MP I have a large Diaspora within my constituency which is why I am writing to simply ask what scientific data is decision being lead by?

  Naz Shah MP

First letter, On 30 March 2021 Naz Shah MP Wrote “I am lead to believe that Pakistan is about to enter the “red list”. I have a large Diaspora within my constituency which is why I am writing to simply ask what scientific data is decision being lead by?”

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Also has co-signed a letter asking the government to provide further answers RE: Bangladesh and Pakistan being added to the “red list”.
We have also asked when there will be a review date and what roadmap the government has for countries to be added or removed from the “red list.” Continue reading “Naz Shah MP I have a large Diaspora within my constituency which is why I am writing to simply ask what scientific data is any decision being lead by?”

Office of the Spokesperson, Mofa Pakistan· Foreign Minister’s Message on International Women’s Day 2021

Office of the Spokesperson, Mofa Pakistan

Zahid-Hafeez-Chaudhri-MOFA

Foreign Minister’s Message on International Women’s Day 2021
Today, we join the international community in celebrating International Women’s Day. It is an occasion to celebrate the progress made in empowering women, and to reaffirm our collective resolve for redoubling efforts to further advance respect for women’s rights.

Pakistan fully supports this year’s theme of International Women’s Day: “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world.” During the testing times of the COVID-19 pandemic, women in Pakistan demonstrated remarkable resilience and leadership, effectively contributing to our nation’s response and recovery. Women stood at the front lines, as health care workers, primary caregivers, innovators, human rights defenders and community organizers. Under the guidance of Prime Minister Imran Khan, Pakistan’s landmark Ehsaas emergency cash program to counter the negative socio-economic impacts of the pandemic is being ably led by a woman.
The Constitution of Pakistan upholds the equal status of women. We have made significant advancements in empowering women politically, economically and socially, including through progressive legislative, policy, institutional and administrative measures. Ensuring broad-based inclusion of women’s rights in every sphere and at all levels is one of the key priorities of our Government. At the international fora, Pakistan’s voice has always resonated in favour of women empowerment and gender equality. During the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Pakistan’s delegate, Begum Shaista Ikramullah, played an active role in the inclusion of Article 16 for the equal rights of men and women to marry and to found family.
Despite our socio-economic challenges, the number of women in key leadership positions has risen steadily in Pakistan. We have had a female Prime Minister, the youngest Nobel Prize winner, the Governor of the State Bank, the Speaker of the National Assembly and numerous women Ministers, Ambassadors, Judges and high-ranking civil servants and diplomats. Our women fly fighter jets, serve as UN Peacekeepers, and one of them is now a three-star General in the military. As a nation, we honour and salute their role and contribution to the society and State of Pakistan.
As we commemorate this day, we cannot forget the plight of women in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK). Over the last seven decades, they have endured the worst forms of human rights abuse and oppression at the hands of Indian occupation forces including sexual violence, rape and molestation. These human rights violations have been extensively documented by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in the two Kashmir reports of 2018 and 2019 as well as in various communications and public pronouncements of UN Special Procedures Mandate Holders. The international community must take cognizance of these serious crimes and hold India accountable.
The road to women empowerment and gender equality is a long one. Pakistan’s direction, commitment and actions are clear. We will continue to resolutely pursue the full realization of women’s rights, mindful of the challenges, but resolved to further build on our achievements. Continue reading “Office of the Spokesperson, Mofa Pakistan· Foreign Minister’s Message on International Women’s Day 2021”

Under the Foreign Minister’s Vision F.O thought leadership platform, the Foreign Office commenced a digital commemoration series, honouring the legacy of former Foreign Ministers and Foreign Secretaries of Pakistan

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamabad

Under the Foreign Minister’s Vision F.O thought leadership platform, the Foreign Office commenced a digital commemoration series, honouring the legacy of former Foreign Ministers and Foreign Secretaries of Pakistan. Today is the death anniversary of H.E Sahabzada Yaqub Ali Khan

Commemorating His Excellency, Sahabzada Yaqub Ali Khan  (23 December 1920 – 26 January 2016)  H.E. Sahabzada Yayub Ali Khan remains one of Pakistan’s most iconic Foreign Ministers.

With his multifaceted career in both military and diplomacy, H.E Khan served Pakistan across a diversity of fronts. He was educated in England and at the Indian Military College at Dehradun.

In 1972, H.E Khan was appointed as Pakistan’s ambassador to France, thereafter also serving as Ambassador to the United States and the Soviet Union. He went on to become Foreign Minister in 1982.

New Realities in Foreign Affairs and Interstate Relations after Covid-19’ at the TRT World Forum 2020

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamabad

  Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi

Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi participated in a high level panel discussion on ‘New Realities in Foreign Affairs and Interstate Relations after Covid-19’ at the TRT World Forum 2020, alongside Turkish Foreign Minister H.E Mevlut Çavuşoğlu and Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto as moderated by Ali Aslan.


The discussion was premised on the following: As the world continues to face the Covid-19 pandemic, it has become increasingly clear that certain foundational aspects of world are set to change. While the contours of these changes are still coming into focus a new horizon is slowly beginning to emerge, one that includes the outlines of transformations in, among other things, how states conduct foreign affairs. Furthermore, the pandemic has also served as an accelerator of trends already in motion, including the shift towards a more multipolar world.

United against Terrorism for Peace and Development: Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)

Office of the Spokesperson, Mofa Pakistan and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamabad

United against Terrorism for Peace and Development: Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)

Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)    47th Session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers, #Niamey, #Niger, under the theme (United Against Terrorism for Peace and Development) 27 & 28 November 2020. #OIC47CFMNiamey

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is holding the 47th session of the Council of Foreign Ministers in the capital of the Republic of Niger,  Niamey, on 27 and 28 November 2020, on the theme “United against Terrorism for Peace and Development”.

Established under an initiative of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, other countries that have been invited to join as founding members include Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait and the UAE.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamabad

  Zahid-Hafeez-Chaudhri-MOFA

Pakistan joins the Digital Cooperation Organisation (DCO) as a founding member


Pakistan has joined the Digital Cooperation Organisation (DCO) as a founding member. Established under an initiative of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, other countries that have been invited to join as founding members include Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait and the UAE.
The Organisation was launched at a virtual event today, hosted by H.E. Mr. Abdullah Al-Swaha, the Minister of Communication and Information Technology of Saudi Arabia. Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi participated with a video statement.


Lauding the far-sighted initiative of the Saudi Minister of Communication and Information Technology, the Foreign Minister noted that, at a time when the digital economy is estimated to be worth over USD 11 trillion and is set to expand further in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, the creation of DCO would cater to the growing need of international cooperation and collaboration in the digital domain. DCO would offer a platform to promote the global digital agenda in the scientific, health, educational, commercial, social, agricultural, investment and security spheres.


Digital Diplomacy has been a core component of the Foreign Minister’s Public Diplomacy Initiative. The Foreign Minister chairs a dedicated Digital Diplomacy working group comprising some of Pakistan’s brightest IT experts, to bring innovation and enhance Pakistan’s digital diplomacy footprint. For countries like Pakistan, with a talented and well-trained pool of human resource sought globally, the information revolution presents a unique opportunity to leapfrog the development deficit. Pakistan’s membership of DCO would contribute to the attainment of that objective.


Islamabad
26 November 2020