Embassy of Pakistan, Kyiv

The Mission commemorated 6th September 2020 as Defence Day as well as Kashmir Solidarity Day.

 

 

Embassy of Pakistan, Riyadh

Meeting with Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs:

Ambassador of Pakistan to Saudi Arabia, Raja Ali Ejaz, paid a courtesy call on His Excellency Waleed Al-Khuraiji, Vice Minister of Foreign Affaires of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia today. The Ambassador of Pakistan congratulated the Vice Minister on his recent appointment to the office. During the meeting bilateral relations between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia and matters of mutual interest came under discussion.

1 September 2020

Embassy of Pakistan, Riyadh

Meeting with Saudi Minister of Investment: Ambassador Raja Ali Ejaz called on His Excellency M. Khalid Al-Falih, Minister of investment, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. During the meeting, a number of economic and investment issues of common interest for the two sides and ways and means to strengthen the bilateral economic ties were discussed.

26 August 2020

    Consulate General of Pakistan, Dubai

Consul General of Pakistan honouring Hyder Reza Ali, a 14 year old Pakistani boy for collection of 75 thousand AED for destitute Pakistanis for their repatriation and appreciated his efforts for community services

25 August 2020

    Pakistan High Commission, London UK

High Commissioner chairs PTEN Roundtable, promotion of Pakistan’s tech exports discussed A distinguished roundtable forum to mark the one year of the launching of London-based PTEN initiative was held at the Pakistan High Commission London on 19 August 2020. The Forum was chaired by High Commissioner Mohammad Nafees Zakaria.

The participants included Baroness Nosheena Mubarik – Member House of Lords, Syed Shabahat Ali Shah – CEO NITB Pakistan, Raheel Ahmad – Chief Products & Analytics Officer (Barclays UK), Abdul Rehman Qureshi Senior Banker & Investor UK, Ali Farid Khwaja – Chairman KASB Securities, Bilal Qureshi Co-Founder PTEN & CEO SCT Group and Mr. Rashid Iqbal – CEO Pakistan British Business Council. Measures to promote and accelerate Pakistan’s Tech Exports were discussed. High Commissioner Mohammad Nafees Zakaria in his remarks welcomed the participants and expressed satisfaction that the PTEN initiative has made significant progress since its launch in September 2019 under his patronage. He acknowledged that in the context of his proposal to establish a pavilion or outreach marketing platform at Royal Albert Dock, Pakistan-UK Business Council has played an effective role in the negotiations and the concept for the development of a hub of Pakistani companies. He expressed the hope that emerging Pakistani tech entrepreneurs would be able to benefit from this hub. Mr Zakaria underlined that Pakistan offers best concessions to investors in the technology sector. Speaking on the occasion, PTEN Co Founder Mr. M Bilal Qureshi dwelt upon Pakistan’s enormous tech potential and shared roadmap for leveraging technology sector in accelerating Pakistan’s exports. He further updated on PTEN’s blueprint in facilitating Pakistan-based start-ups by enabling Access to Western Market, Mentorship & Capital. Mr. Abdul Rehman Qureshi, Co Founder PTEN, elaborated the role of PTEN in leveraging technology for women empowerment and poverty alleviation. Baroness Nosheena Mubarik in her remarks commended the High Commission for this initiative and expressed the hope that new business opportunities would emerge for the benefit of both countries. Syed Shabahat Ali Shah, CEO NITB, remarked that fostering potential emerging Tech synergies for digital transformation is a need of 21st century. He further noted that digital transformation for every country has now become mandatory for securing venture investment, inducing transparency and ensuring accountability into governance systems. At the conclusion of the event, PTEN announced plans for launching London- based Tech Accelerator for Emerging Markets Start-ups. PTEN Co Founders also thanked senior Venture Capitalists & Investment Bankers who attended the distinguished roundtable. Pakistan’s High Commission to the UK extended support to PTEN in bridging UK Pak ICT industries.

25 August 2020

    Pakistan High Commission, London UK

Friendly cricket match played between the High Commission and Woking Cricket Club teams Pakistan High Commission London’s Cricket Team played a 25-over friendly match against Woking Cricket Club on 23 August 2020. The match was played at the Wheatsheaf Recreation Ground Woking.

High Commissioner Mohammad Nafees Zakaria and Hon. Jonathan Lord MP inaugurated the match. Legendary cricketer of Pakistan Zaheer Abbas also graced the occasion with his presence at the invitation of the High Commissioner. Speaking on the occasion, the High Commissioner expressed excitement that the match was being played when Pakistan’s national cricket team was playing English side and the atmosphere was full of joy in the midst of gloom created by COVID-19 pandemic. He thanked the Woking Council for making excellent arrangements for the match. He said sporting events are a useful tool of public diplomacy and act as bridges between communities. The High Commission always encourages healthy sporting activities to bring together British and Pakistani communities, he added. Mr Zakaria also felicitated Zaheer Abbas on the induction of his name in the ICC’s Hall of Fame and termed it a proud moment for the country and its people. On this occasion, Zaheer Abbas appreciated the High Commission for carrying out sporting activities and engaging with the local youth through fruitful activities. Jonathan Lord MP, who played from Woking side, welcomed the PHC Team to his home ground. He said cricket has world language and it is one of the many things that enhance friendship between England and Pakistan. Maintaining social distancing, the local cricket fans enjoyed the day out. 25 August 2020
    Embassy of Pakistan, Riyadh

“رن فار کشمیر” : (Run for Kashmir Campaign) سفارتخانہ پاکستان الریاض کی جانب سے مسئلہ کشمیر کو اجاگر کرنے اور کشمیری بھائیوں کے ساتھ اظہار یکجہتی کے لئے “رن فار کشمیر” کے عنوان سے واک کا اہتمام کیا گیا جس میں سفارتخانے کے عملے سمیت پاکستانی کمیونٹی کی بڑی تعداد نے شرکت کی۔

اس موقعہ سفیر ہاکستان راجہ علی اعجاز کا کہنا تھا کہ اس واک کا مقصد کشمیر میں جو مظالم ہو رہے ہیں ان کو عالمی سطح پر اجاگر کرنا ہے اور ہمیں امید ہے کہ آنے والے دنوں میں یہ تحریک مذید زور پکڑے گی اور کشمیر میں آزادی کا سورج جلد طلوع ہو گا، سفیر پاکستان نے کمیونٹی سے بھی اپیل کہ وہ مسئلہ کشمیر کو اجاگر کرنے کے لئے اپنے تحت بھی اس طرح کی واک کا اہتمام کریں۔ واک کے لئے رجسٹریشن نیچے دیئے گئے لنک پر کی جا سکتی ہے۔ https://runforkashmir.org رن فار کشمیر کے عنوان سے منعقدہ واک کشمیریوں کی حمایت کے لئے انٹرنیشنل ورچوئل واک کا حصہ ہے جوکہ چودہ اگست سے لیکر تیس ستمبر تک جاری رہے گی جس میں پوری دنیا میں مسئلہ کشمیر کو اجاگر کرنے کے لئے واک کا اہتمام کیا جائے گا اور اس بات کا اعادہ کیا جائے گا کہ کشمیریوں کی آزادی تک انکی سیاسی اور سفارتی حمایت جاری رکھی جائے گی، رن فار کشمیر ویب سائٹ کے مطابق چودہ اگست سے شروع ہونے والی اس ورچوئل واک میں ابھی تک تقریباً اٹھارہ ہزار لوگوں نے شرکت کی ہے۔

21 August 2020

    Pakistan Embassy Seoul

Ambasssador Mumtaz Zahra Baloch met with Ms. Lee Jung-ok Korean Minister of Gender Equality and Family and discussed projects of bilateral cooperation. She also briefed the Minister on the role being played by women in the development of Pakistan. Head of Chancery Ms. Sara Sarwar accompanied the Ambassador. 18 August 2020
    Embassy of Pakistan, Khartoum

Petition Adressed to the UNSG titled “One-Year of Military’s Brutal & Inhuman Siege & Intensified Abuse of Human Rights Including Demographic & Geographic Apartheid in IIOJ&K” was handed to UNDP office by Pakistanis and Kashmiris living in Sudan. 17 August 2020
    Pakistan Embassy Seoul

During a visit to Headquarters of Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA), Ambassador Mumtaz Zahra Baloch met with President and CEO Kwon Pyung-oh. Bilateral trade and investment opportunities were discussed. Commercial Counselor Imran Razzaq attended the meeting.

16 August 2020

    High Commission for Pakistan Ottawa, Canada

Kashmiris protesting against Indian Illegal Occupation of Jammu & Kashmiri outside Indian High Commission in Ottawa in August 15, 2020.
    PakTurkey

photography exhibition titled “Colours of Pakistan – Seen Through the Eyes of Turks” was launched today in Ankara. The Embassy of Pakistan in Ankara has organized this exhibition in collaboration with the Ankara Metropolitan Municipality and Anadolu Agency, as part of Pakistan’s 74th Independence Day celebrations. The Exhibition consists of 52 photographs featuring the works of Mr Metin Aktaş, photo reporter of Anadolu Agency and Mr. Ismet Keten, renowned calligrapher, animator and photographer. Photographs from the rich archives of Anadolu Agency as well as some Pakistani artists also forms part of the exhibition. The Exhibition will continue till 20 August at the Metro Sanat Galerisi, Kızılay, Ankara. 15 August 2020
    Permanent Mission of Pakistan to the United Nations

Flag hoisting ceremony at the Pakistan Mission to the UN on August 14, 2020.
    PakTurkey

The President of Pakistan had conferred the prestigious “Sitar-i-Pakistan” upon Mr. Ali Şahin, President of Turkey-Friendship Inter-Parliamentary Group in Turkish Grand National Assembly. The President also conferred “Sitar-i-Pakistan” upon Mr. Muhammet Balta, Chairman of the Environment Commission in Turkish Parliament and former President of Turkey-Friendship Inter-Parliamentary Group. The President of Pakistan also conferred “Sitara-i-Imtiaz” upon Dr. Selami Kiliç who is the head of foreign relations division at the Turkish Ministry of Health. Due to his overseas visit, Dr. Selami will receive the award later. The awards were conferred upon the Turkish dignitaries for their services for promoting and strengthening Pakistan-Turkey relations. Ambassador of Pakistan to Turkey H.E. Mr. Muhammad Syrus Sajjad Qazi presented Pakistan’s high civil awards to leading Turkish personalities at a dignified ceremony held in Ankara on 14 August 2020
    PakTurkey

Flag hoisting ceremony in Pakistan Embassy Ankara on 14 August 2020
    Embassy of Pakistan, Bishkek

PRESS RELEASE ON THE OCCASION OF INDEPENDENCE DAY OF PAKISTAN.

To celebrate Independence Day of Pakistan, Flag Hoisting Ceremony and community gathering were held at the Embassy today. It was attended by prominent members of the community and officials of the Embassy. The ceremony began with the recitation from the Holy Quran. The national flag was hoisted by Ambassador Sardar Azhar Tariq Khan. The messages of President Dr. Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan were read out by Head of Chancery. Special prayers were offered for the peace, progress and prosperity of the homeland. The Ambassador in his address highlighted the sacrifices made by our founding fathers in obtaining independence. He said in his remarks that the Independence Day reminds us of the objectives that led to creation of an independent Muslim state. Expressing sympathies with the valiant people of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJ&K), he said that we as a nation feel saddened to see our Kashmiri brethren in IIOJ&K being subjected to the worst kind of oppression and ruthless state terrorism. The tyranny unleashed against innocent civilians has crossed all limits in total disregard to the international norms and the values of humanity and has endangered the peace of the region. The Ambassador commended the positive role played by overseas Pakistanis in Bishkek. He advised the community to conduct themselves in a way to bring a good name to their motherland. Bishkek, 14th August, 2020
    Embassy of Pakistan, Argentina – Embajada de Pakistan

Independence Day – Flag Hoisting ceremony at the Embassy of Pakistan Buenos Aires, Argentina. Ambassador Dr Muhammad Khalid Ejaz hoisted the Pakistani flag in the presence of Pakistani community and Embassy officials.

Jashn-e-Azadi Mubarak to all Pakistanis in Argentina, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Uruguay and Paraguay.

14 August 2020

    Pakistan High Commission, Dar es Salaam-Tanzania The 74thIndependence Day of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan was celebrated at the High Commission for Pakistan in Dar es Salaam, United Republic of Tanzania. A large number of Pakistani Community members including families, children and their Tanzanian friends attended the event with traditional zeal and patriotism. Mr. Muhammad Saleem, High Commissioner-designate, read out the Special Messages of the President and the Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan on the occasion. In his remarks, Mr. Saleem paid tribute to the leadership of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Father of the Nation,for his vision, commitment and success in achieving a free homeland for the Muslims of Sub-continent amid daunting challenges.He also shed light on the huge sacrifices of our forefathers who stood firm behind the Quaid in the freedom struggle.He said that it was a day for thanks giving, reflection and revision. Mr. Saleem highlighted that while we were rejoicing the freedom in an independent homeland, the innocent people of the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJ&K) were yet to achieve their legitimate right to self-determination. He said that over eight million innocent Kashmiris in IIOJ&K were facing military siege, torture, human rights violations and lockdown since August 05, 2019. The High Commissioner-designate also thanked the vibrant Pakistani Diaspora in Tanzania for their invaluable contribution to strengthening economic, trade and people to people relations between the two friendly countries. August 14, 2020
    Pak Emb Oslo

Flag Hoisting Ceremony and Cultural Event at Embassy of Pakistan Oslo – 14th August 2020 to Observe the 74th Independence Day of Pakistan.
    Embassy of Pakistan, Athens, Greece

آج یونان میں پاکستان کے سفیر جناب محمد ندیم خان نے خلقیدہ کا دورہ کیا اور پاکستانی کمیونٹی کے سیلاب زدگان کے ساتھ اظہار یکجہتی کرتے ھوے ان تک راشن اور دیگر ضروریات ذندگی کا سامان پہنچایا۔ حکومت پاکستان کی طرف سے سفارت خانہ پاکستان یونان کو خلقیدہ میں سیلاب سے متاثرہ پاکستانی شہریوں کی فوری مدد کرنے کی ہدایات دی گئ تھیں اور مشکل کی اس گھڑی میں ان کے تمام مسائل کو ترجیحی بنیادوں پر حل کرنے پر زور دیا تھا۔ سفیر پاکستان اور ایمبسی کے دیگر افسران سفارت خانے میں ھونے والی پرچم کشائ کی تقریب کے فورا” بعد امدادی سامان لیکر خلقیدہ روانہ ھوئے اور متاثرہ افراد میں یہ سامان تقسیم کیا۔ نیز سفارت خانے کی جانب سے متاثرہ افراد کو اپنے تمام تر تعاون کا یقین بھی دلایا۔

14 August 2020

Embassy of Pakistan Nur-Sultan Press Release The 74th Independence Day of Pakistan was celebrated at Pakistan House in the Republic of Kazakhstan today. The event was attended by the Embassy officials and couple of Pakistani nationals keeping in view the COVID-19 related social distancing guidelines. The ceremony started with the recitation of the Holy Quran followed by the hoisting of national flag by the Ambassador to the tune of the national anthem. Messages from the President and Prime Minister of Pakistan were also read out on this occasion. In his remarks, Ambassador Dr. Imitaz A. Kazi felicitated the Pakistani community in Kazakhstan on the auspicious occasion of Independence Day and underlined the importance of celebrating the Independence Day as it marked the creation of a homeland where we can live with freedom and dignity. He paid rich tributes to the Father of the Nation, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and leaders of Pakistan Movement. The Ambassador mentioned that Pakistan was successful in overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic and the economy is moving in the right direction. The Ambassador also highlighted the excellent bilateral relations between Pakistan and Kazakhstan and the role of the community to further strengthen these relations. He also mentioned the importance of connectivity between the two countries including resumption of direct flights. The Ambassador condemned the illegal Indian actions of 5th August 2019 that deprived the disputed region of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IIOJK) of its special status which is a clear violation of international law, UNSC Resolutions and tantamount to demography apartheid. He urged the international community to take cognizance of right of self-determination of Kashmiris and the Indian brutalities in IIOJK and reiterated that Pakistan will continue to support Kashmiri brethren in their just struggle for their Right to Self-Determination as enshrined in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions. Nur-Sultan, 14 August 2020.

    Pakistan Consulate Hong Kong

During International Virtual Rawal Expo 2020 Pakistan Hong Kong Trade and Investment Forum was Organized on 14th August. The aim of the forum was to create awareness for trade enhancing measures during COVID-19 outbreak and increasing interaction between businessmen of both the countries. President, SVP of Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Chairman International Rawal Expo hosted the Forum while Bilal Ahmad Butt, Consul General of Pakistan in Hong Kong was the Guest speaker. Mr Asim Malik (Consul) and Mr Ali Awan Trade Development Officer also attended as panelists. Consul General explained about the economy of HK, trade opportunities for Pakistani businessmen in HK, competitor’s strengths, and the scope of new products from Pakistan. Consul General expressed that the current policies of government of Pakistan and support of TDAP will bring substantial increase in exports of Pakistan to HK. He also informed the participants about the current status of protocol for import of meat and poultry products to HK and efforts of the Consulate to facilitate exporters of Pakistan in this regard. He appreciated the efforts of RCCI for connecting businesses through virtual activities to enhance Pakistani exports. Mr Butt said “Our office is ready to serve the business community 24/7 from all around the word.” Mr Asim Malik informed the audience about IT sector and its export potential , re-export and import of the electronic goods and the market volume of the services sector in HK. Consul General invited the PASHA members to participate in IT expos in near future and highlighted the volume of venture capital market of HK. Mr Ali Awan explained about the yearly international Trade Fairs relating to the Textile, Leather , Surgical , Gems, Sports and Fruit sectors. He informed that our competitors like India , Bangladesh , Veitnam and Thailand have substantial participation in these fairs. A sizable participation of Pakistani exporters in these fairs can bring positive results. On conclusion CG HK and President of RCCI agreed to hold further rounds of conferences for export of various products with special focus on Gems and Jewelery and IT sectors. 14 August 2020

Consulate General of Pakistan in Istanbul, Turkey.

Pakistan’s 74th Independence Day was commemorated in Istanbul for the very first time. Consul General Bilal Khan Pasha hoisted national flag in the presence of Pakistan community and Consulate’s officials. 14 August 2020

Pakistan Embassy Moscow

Flag hoisting ceremony was held at Pakistan Embassy in Moscow on the occasion of #PakistanIdependenceDay on #14august2020 #PakistanZindabad 14 August 2020

Embassy of Pakistan, Khartoum

Pakistan Embassy Holds Sober Flag Hoisting Amid Solemn Pledges To Extend All Help To Kashmiri Brethren Under Brutal Military Siege of India. The participants demonstrated their unwavering support for Kashmir. 14 August 2020 https://www.facebook.com/107629080638097/videos/795451117930080/

Pakistan in Kyiv

The 74th Independence Day of Pakistan was celebrated on August 14, 2020 at the Embassy of Pakistan, Kyiv.
    Embassy of Pakistan, Rome 14 August 2020
    Embassy of Pakistan, Brasilia

Independence Day Celebrations in Brasilia. 14 August 2020

Embassy of Pakistan, Abu Dhabi Pakistan Flag displayed on ADNOC tower, Abu Dhabi 14 August 2020 https://www.facebook.com/pakistanembassyabudhabi/videos/664038624187519/   Embassy of Pakistan, Washington DC

The 74th Independence Day of Pakistan was observed with patriotic zeal and spirit at Pakistan Embassy, Washington,DC today. Pakistan’s flag was raised by Ambassador Dr. Asad Majeed Khan in a simple flag-hoisting ceremony held at the Chancery. 14 August 2020

  Pakistan in Prague

The flag hoisting ceremony to celebrate the 74th Independence Day of Pakistan was held this morning. The event was enthusiastically attended by Pakistani diaspora in the Czech Republic and Czech businessmen. 14 August 2020
    Embassy of Pakistan, Damascus

Under the patronage of Air Marshal (Retd) H.E Saeed Muhammad Khan, Ambassador of Pakistan to Syria, a flag hoisting ceremony on the occasion of Pakistan independence Day, 14 August, 2020 was held at the Embassy premises. The event began with the recitation of Holy Quran and hoisting of national flag by H.E the Ambassador and Pakistan national anthem was played. Messages of the President and Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan were also read out on this great occasion. In their messages, President and the Prime Minister congratulated the entire nation on the auspicious occasion of 74th Pakistan Independence Day. H.E the Ambassador congratulated the Pakistani community residing in Syrian. He also underlined the importance of celebrating the Pakistan Independence Day every year. H.E the Ambassador urged the participants not to forget our Kashmiri brethren in Indian held Kashmir who have been subjected to harsh brutalities by Indian security forces in occupied Kashmir for many decades and completely stuck under brutal lock down since more than a year. 14 August 2020

High Commission of Pakistan for Singapore

Pakistan High Commission Singapore holds Independence Day Flag Hoisting Ceremony A flag hoisting ceremony was held at Pakistan High Commission, Singapore, to commemorate 74th Independence Day of Pakistan. Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mission restricted the gathering to High Commission’s staff only. Acting High Commissioner Ms. Farhana Asif hoisted the flag to the tune of National Anthem following which the messages of the President and the Prime Minister of Pakistan were read out. The messages applauded the efforts of doctors and paramedic staff as well as the organizations that played a pivotal role in combatting COVID-19. The resolve to stand firmly behind our Kashmiri brethren in their struggle for the right to self-determination and commitment to sensitize the international community of grave human rights violations in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IIOJ&K) were reiterated. The ceremony ended with prayers for security, stability, and economic prosperity of the country in line with the vision of our founding fathers.

Singapore 14 August 2020   High Commission for Pakistan Ottawa, Canada Independence Day Celebrations in Ottawa, Canada. 14 August 2020   Consulate General of Pakistan New York

‪Flag Hoisting ceremony @ Pakistan Consulate New York/ Pak Mission to UN. ‬

Embassy of Pakistan, Tehran

Pakistan’s 74th Independence Day celebrated by Embassy of Pakistan Tehran. Due to prevalent Covid-19 situation in Tehran and instructions of health officials the ceremony was kept simple.

Ambassador Rahim Hayat Qureshi in his speech said the day is not away when the Muslims of Kashmir will get to exercise their right of self determination under the several UNSC Resolutions and end the atrocities of Indian Occupying forces in IIOJK. Furthermore, he prayed to Allah Almighty to shower His blessings upon Pakistan and grant long awaited freedom to the Kashmiri brethren from brutalities and siege of Indian Illegally Occupying forces in Jammu and Kashmir.

14 August 2020

    Embassy of Pakistan, Dakar Senegal 

==== FLAG HOISTING CEREMONY HELD AT THE EMBASSY OF PAKISTAN IN DAKAR ON THE OCCASION OF 74th INDEPENDENCE DAY OF PAKISTAN==== A simple flag hoisting ceremony was held at the Embassy of Pakistan in Dakar on the occasion of Pakistan’s 74th Independence Day. H.E Dr. Ali Ahmed Arain, the Ambassador of Pakistan to Senegal hoisted the flag. The messages of the President and Prime Minister of Pakistan were also read out on this occasion. Ambassador Dr. Arain wished a very happy Independence day to Pakistani community members living in Senegal, the Gambia, Sierra Leone, Cote d’Ivoire, Republic of Guinea, Republic of Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde. The officers, officials and local staff of the Embassy were present on the occasion.

~LONG LIVE PAKISTAN~ 14 August 2020

Embassy of Pakistan, Baghdad

Pakistan Embassy Baghdad at Flag hoisting ceremony on 14 August 2020

Pakistan HIGH Commission,Abuja Nigeria

Glimpses of flag hoisting ceremony at Pakistan High Commission Abuja on 14th August 2020

Pakistan Consulate Hong Kong

The 74th Independence Day of Pakistan was celebrated at Pakistan Club on Friday. In view of the COVID 19 epidemic and the social distancing guidelines, the event was attended only by the Consulate General of Pakistan’s officials and office bearer of the Pakistan Association of Hong Kong.

The event began with the recitation of Holy Quran and raising of national flag by the Consulate General of Pakistan Hong Kong to the tune of the national anthem. Messages of the President and Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan were also read at the occasion. In their messages, President and the Prime Minister congratulated the entire nation on the auspicious occasion of 74th National Independence Day. While paying tribute to those who laid their lives while defending and protecting the motherland, they urged the nation to remain steadfast and follow “Unity, Faith and Discipline”. They also highlighted the sufferings of Kashmiris in IIOJK and prayed for their freedom from Indian oppression. Consul General Bilal Ahmad Butt congratulated the community of Pakistan In Hong Kong on this occasion and underlined the importance of celebrating the Independence Day. He also urged the participants not to forget our Kashmiri brethren in IIOJK who have been subjected to harsh brutalities by Indian security forces for the last three decades and stuck completed under brutal lock down since more than a year. At the closing of the ceremony Chief Imam prayes for safety and prosperity of Pakistan and Hong Kong.

14 August 2020

    Pakistan High Commission, London UK

Independence Day of Pakistan marked by Flag Hoisting at the High Commission High Commissioner expresses solidarity with Kashmiris, calls for accountability of crimes against humanity in IIoJK

The 74th Independence Day of Pakistan was marked by a Flag Hoisting Ceremony at the Pakistan High Commission London today. High Commissioner Mohammad Nafees Zakaria hoisted the National Flag on the tunes of the National Anthem. The messages of the President and the Prime Minister of Pakistan were read out on the occasion. In view of the ongoing pandemic and social distancing guidelines by the UK Government and the Government of Pakistan, the ceremony was held indoors and was broadcast live on Mission’s Facebook. Thousands participated virtually in the ceremony. In his address to the community, the High Commissioner felicitated all Pakistanis on the Independence Day and prayed for the peace, prosperity and progress of the country. He said community’s participation in great numbers always made us proud and we felt strengthened. On this occasion, the High Commissioner paid glowing tributes to the Quaid-i-Azam, Allama Iqbal and other heroes of Pakistan Movement, who, through their unwavering resolve and visionary leadership created an independent state for the Muslims of the sub-continent. He said today we pay tribute to all those who rendered countless sacrifices, not only with their lives, but they also lost their families and belongings for a homeland where they and their future generations could live with freedom, dignity and equality. Mr Zakaria said our elders achieved, nurtured and developed the newly born state of Pakistan with complete devotion. It is now our responsibility to ensure continued protection, growth and prosperity of our beloved Pakistan, he added. He also paid homage to armed forces and law enforcement personnel for rendering ultimate sacrifices in defending their motherland. Pakistan is a strong country today with impenetrable defence, he added. Giving an overview of the economy, the High Commissioner shared that due to economic reforms of the government, Pakistan has attained economic stability and is on the road to development and prosperity. He said the current government is determined in realizing the true potential of Pakistan in all fields. In the region, Pakistan’s economic prospects are manifested in the reports of the World Bank, JP Morgan, Moody’s Bloomberg and other monitoring entities highlighting Pakistan as an attractive destination for investment, business and tourism, Mr Zakaria further said. Mr Zakaria said the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a heavy toll on human lives and the economy of the world, however, due to pre-emptive response and effective policy, the Government of Pakistan has managed to keep the loss of lives and economy to a minimum. Pakistan is presented as a role model in the fight against the pandemic in the region where the situation is still worrisome, he said. He said the High Commission did its best to facilitate the stranded Pakistanis in the UK and repatriated over 4000 compatriots to Pakistan in an efficient manner. He also paid tribute to the Pakistani medics who saved lives during the pandemic; several of them lost their lives. Mr Zakaria said the British Pakistani philanthropists and volunteers made Pakistan proud by working tirelessly to help the vulnerable segments of the society. Speaking about bilateral relations, the High Commissioner said the ties between Pakistan and the United Kingdom are rooted in shared history and have grown from strength to strength over decades. He commended the Pakistani diaspora for their vital role in the progress and development of the UK and Pakistan and for bringing the two countries closer. He also urged the diaspora and British investors to take advantage of the investment opportunities in Pakistan, particularly the opportunities arising from China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Updating the community on the Kashmir situation, the High Commissioner paid rich tributes to the sacrifices of Kashmiris and commended their resolve for their right to self-determination in the face of worst oppression by Indian occupation forces. In contravention of the UN Charter, UN Security Council’s Resolutions, International laws and conventions, India has been committing heinous crimes against defenceless Kashmiris, he said. He stated that it has been over a year that over 8 million Kashmiris in IIoJK remain under Indian military siege and inhumane communication blockade since 5 August 2019. Mr Zakaria said innocent and helpless people of Jammu & Kashmir under Indian occupation have been subjected for seven decades to genocide, massacres, mass rapes and mass blinding, which are well documented by the UN and other credible international organisations. The ultimate objective of India is to bring about demographic change in IIoJK through killings, enforced disappearances and enforced expulsions—an act which is in clear violation of Geneva Convention. He called upon the international community to play its role in ending human rights violations in IIoJK and bring perpetrators of crimes against humanity to justice. Mr Zakaria deeply appreciated the strong reaction from the British Parliamentarians against grave human rights violations in IIoJK and their continued support to the oppressed Kashmiris. However, he called upon the UK government to play its due role to end human sufferings in IIoJK. He reiterated Pakistan’s unflinching political, diplomatic and moral support to the Kashmiris. The ceremony concluded with the playing of popular national songs, showing some beautiful short documentaries on Pakistan and cake cutting by the High Commissioner. Similar events were held at other four Consulates of Pakistan in Birmingham, Bradford, Glasgow and Manchester. 14 August 2020

Embassy of Pakistan, Riyadh

سفارت خانہ پاکستان میں پرچم کشائی کی تقریب منعقد ہوئی جس میں پاکستانی سفیر نے دیگر سفارتی افسران کے ہمراہ پرچم کشائی کی اور اس عزم کا اظہار کیا کہ پاکستانی عوام ملکر وطن عزیز کو ترقی کی منازل کی جانب گامزن کرے گی۔

اس موقع پر سفیر پاکستان راجہ علی اعجاز نے کہا کہ یوم آزادی کا دن ہمیں پاکستان کو اقوام عالم میں بلند مقام دلانے اور معاشی ترقی و خوشحالی کے علاوہ باوقار قوم بننے کا درس دیتا ہے تاکہ ہم ملکر پاکستان کو ترقی کی منازل کی جانب گامزن کریں۔ پاک سعودی تعلقات نا صرف تاریخی ہیں بلکے ہمیشہ ٹھوس اور مضبوط بنیادوں پر قائم رہیں گے۔ اوورسیرز پاکستانیوں کا کشمیر ایشو کو اجاگر کرنے میں اہم کردار ہے۔ بھارت کشمیریوں کے حقوق کو پامال کر رہا ہے اس لئے ضروری ہے کہ اقوام عالم کشمیریوں کو بھارت کے ظم و جبر سے نجات دلائے اور کشمیریوں کو حق خودارادیت دلائے۔ تقریب میں صدر پاکستان عارف علوی اور وزیراعظم عمران خان کے پیغامات بھی پڑھ کر سنائے گئے

14 August 2020

    Pakconsulate Bradford

The flag hoisting ceremony was held at the premises of Pakistan Consulate Bradford on the occasion of the 74th Independence Day of Pakistan. The ceremony was attended by the Consulate officers and staff members. Media personnel were also present for the coverage. The ceremony was held in a manner keeping in view the local laws on social gatherings due to COVID-19. 14 August 2020
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Pakistan High Commission Wellington

*Pakistan Independence Day Celebrations* A simple and graceful flag-hoisting ceremony was held in the morning at the High Commission for Pakistan today. A sizeable Pakistani community living in Wellington and adjoining cities, attended the event.

The High Commissioner welcomed the guests and in his remarks, highlighted the significance of the day. He underlined Pakistan’s important role, regionally and internationally. He also talked about the Government of Pakistan’s vision for a peaceful and progressive Pakistan. Regarding India’s illegal and unilateral action of 5 August 2019, the High Commissioner said that Government of Pakistan declared 5th August this year as Youm-e-Istehsal in solidarity with the people of Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir who have been suffering the worst human rights abuses at the hands of Indian occupying forces. The High Commissioner stressed the contribution of Pakistani community in strengthening Pakistan’s relations with New Zealand. 14 August 2020, Wellington.
    Permanent Mission Of Pakistan To United Nations, Geneva

A flag-hoisting ceremony was held today at Pakistan House in Geneva to celeberate 74th Independence Day of Pakistan.

14 August 2020

Embassy of Pakistan, Bucharest

A flag hoisting ceremony was held in the Embassy today to mark the 74th Independence Day of Pakistan. The event was attended by Pakistani community members in Romania.

During the event, Ambassador Dr. Zafar Iqbal conducted the flag hoisting of the national flag. At this occasion, messages from the President and the Prime Minister were also read out. In his remarks, the Ambassador underscored the importance of the Independence Day of Pakistan and highlighted the struggle of the Pakistani nation in combating different challenges faced by the country since its inception. He also urged upon the community to conduct themselves in Romania in a manner that adds to the honor and dignity of Pakistan. On the above occasion, the Ambassador also highlighted the need to remember on this day, while celebrating our independence, the struggle of the Kashmiri brethren for their right of self-determination in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) especially following Indian unilateral and illegal actions of 05 August 2019.

14 August 2020

Embassy of Pakistan, Berlin

To commemorate the 74th Independence Day of Pakistan, a flag of Pakistan hoisting ceremony was held at the Embassy of Pakistan. Officers/Officials of the Embassy, members of Pakistani and Kashmiri community attended the ceremony. Ambassador Dr. Mohammad Faisal hoisted the Pakistan flag while the national anthem played in background. The ceremony started with recitation from the Holy Quran. Messages of the President and the Prime Minister of Pakistan were read out to the audience. In his remarks, the Ambassador underlined the importance of freedom for nations and mentioned the great sacrifices rendered for the cause of freedom of Pakistan. Two hashtags #KashmiriLivesMatter and #PrisonersOfConscience were also unveiled to express support with our Kashmiri brethrens and Sisters, bearing atrocities at the hands of Indian Armed Forces in IIOJK especially since 5 August 2020.

Later he interacted with local media and Pakistani Community and listened to their valuable comments and suggestions for the betterment of Pakistani diaspora in Germany. During the ceremony a celebratory Independence Day cake was also cut.
14 August 2020
    Embassy of Pakistan, Cairo

Independence Day of Pakistan celebrated in the Embassy of Pakistan, Cairo

14 August 2020

Embassy of Pakistan, Athens, Greece

A flag hosting ceremony was held at the Embassy of Pakistan, Athens on the occasion of Independence Day.

14 August 2020

Embassy of Pakistan, Tashkent

Today, on the Independence day of Pakistan, Embassy of Pakistan, Tashkent organized a special event at the Embassy. The event was attended by all Embassy personnel along with their family members.

The ceremony started with hoisting of flag by Charge d’Affaires Mr. Waseem Shahzad to the tune of national anthem. He read out the message of the honourable President of Pakistan while Counsellor Mr. Khurram Ali read out the message of the honourable Prime Minister to the audience. Children of the Embassy prepared special performances for the indpendence day celebrations. They performed on the national songs, made speeches as well as presented the story of Pakistani in a form of short play. As a token of appreciation, Charge d’Affaires Mr. Waseem Shahzad distributed special certificates to the children for their endearing performances. The ceremony ended with prayers for Pakistan’s progress and prosperity.

14 August 2020

Embassy of Pakistan, Doha, State of Qatar

٭بسلسلہ یومِ آزادی ،پرچم کشائی کی سادہ اور پُر وقارتقریب٭ آج سفارت خانہ پاکستان,دوحہ میں اسلامی جمہوریہ پاکستان کی 74 ویں یوم آزادی کی مناسبت سے پرچم کشائی کی سادہ مگر پروقار تقریب کا انعقاد کیا گیا۔اس تقریب کو COVID-19 کے باعث قطری حکومتی اداروں کی طرف سے ملنے والی ہدایات کی روشنی میں محدود رکھا گیا تھا۔ اس موقع پر عزت مآب سفیر ِ پاکستان سید احسن رضا شاہ نے پرچم کشائی کا فریضہ سر انجام دیا اور کیک کاٹا۔اس کے ساتھ ساتھ سفیرِ پاکستان نےموقع پر موجود چھوٹے بچوں کے ساتھ مل کر یومِ آزادی کی مناسبت سے سفارت خانے کے احاطے میں پودا لگا کر شجر کاری مہم کا بھی آغاز کیا۔ تقریب کے آخر میں مقامی میڈیا کے نمائندوں کو سفارت خانے کی نئی عمارت سے متعلق بریفنگ دی گئی اور عوامی سہولت کی خاطر قونصلر ہال میں مہیا کی گئی جدید ترین سہولیات سے آگاہ کیا گیا۔ یاد رہے! 16 اگست 2020 بروز اتوار سے قونصلر خدمات اسی ہال میں مہیا کی جائیں گی۔

دوحہ،14 اگست 2020ء
    Embassy of Pakistan Baku 

The Embassy congratulates all Pakistanis on the auspicious occasion of 74th Independence Day of Pakistan. This day is to reaffirm our commitment to continue pursuing the vision of Quaid-e-Azam, Muhammad Ali Jinnah of prosperous Pakistan. PAKISTAN ZINDABAD

14 August 2020

    Pakistan High Commission New Delhi

74th Independence Day Celebrated at Pakistan High Commission, New Delhi The 74th Independence Day of Pakistan was observed in patriotic zeal and spirit at the Pakistan High Commission, New Delhi, today.

Keeping in view the corona pandemic (all necessary SOPs were observed) a short and simple ceremony with a limited participation was held. The Pakistan’s flag was raised by Acting High Commissioner Syed Haider Shah at an elegant and impressive flag-hoisting ceremony held on the Chancery’s lawns. Minister Political, Mr. Aftab Hasan Khan, read out the messages of the President and the Prime Minister of Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Acting High Commissioner Syed Haider Shah in his remarks extended warm felicitations on Independence Day and lauded the zeal with which the broader Pakistan High Commission family participated in the event. Recalling the freedom struggle, the Acting High Commissioner said the sacred day of 14th August 1947 dawned primarily due to the unflinching resolve, unprecedented struggle, and countless sacrifices of our forefather. The Acting High Commissioner, therefore, underlined the need to remember the Quaid’s vision of a democratic, modern, moderate, economically-strong, Islamic welfare state. He stressed the importance of each successive generation to contribute its own part with honesty towards the realization of the Quaid’s vision. 14 August 2020 https://www.facebook.com/290811834264198/videos/2357562931218207/

Pakistan High Commission New Delhi

74th Independence Day Celebrated at Pakistan High Commission, New Delhi.

14 August 2020

    Embassy of Pakistan in Belgrade

Ambassador Shehryar Akbar Khan hoisted the national flag at the Embassy of Pakistan, Belgrade in the morning of 14 August 2020, the 74th Independence Day of Islamic Republic of Pakistan. At this occasion, messages from the President and Prime Minister of Pakistan were also read out. 14 August 2020

  Embassy of Pakistan, Kabul

Auspicious celebrations of 74th Independence day Pakistan at Embassy of Pakistan, Kabul. President and Prime Minister in their messages reaffirmed resolve of nation to take Pakistan to new heights of progress & get independence for people of Kashmir. 14 August 2020
    Consulate General of Pakistan, Dubai

The flag hoisting ceremony was held at the Pakistan Consulate General Dubai on the occasion of the 74th Independence Day of Pakistan. The ceremony was held in a manner keeping in view the local laws on social gatherings due to COVID-19. 14 August 2020
    Embassy of Pakistan Dushanbe Press Release Subject: Observance of 74th Independence Day of Pakistan – 14 August 2020 The Embassy of Pakistan in Dushanbe, observed 74th Independence Day of Pakistan in the Chancery building today. 2. The ceremony started with the recitation of the Holy Quran followed by hoisting of the Pakistani flag with the national anthem by Ambassador Imran Haider. Messages of President and Prime Minister were read out by the Ambassador and the Deputy Head of Mission, Mr. Shahid Ali Seehar, respectively. In his remarks, Ambassador Haider congratulated the Pakistani community in Tajikistan on the occasion of 74th Independence Day and paid rich tributes to the Father of the Nation, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and leaders of Pakistan Movement who achieved independence of Pakistan despite all odds. He condemned the illegal Indian acts of 5th August 2019 that deprived the disputed region of IIoJK of its special status which is a clear violation of international law, UNSC Resolutions and tantamounts to demography apartheid. He urged the international community to take cognizance of right of self-determination of Kashmiris and the Indian brutalities in IIOJK 4. The ceremony was attended by a large number of Pakistani community members based in Tajikistan along with families. Pakistani children also performed on the occasion by signing national songs, reciting poetry and speeches highlighting the struggle for independence of the motherland. 5. On the occasion, the Chancery building was adorned with Pakistani flags. At the conclusion of the ceremony, Dua was offered for peace and prosperity of the country and for success of Kashmiris struggle for the right of self-determination. Dushanbe 14 August 2020
https://www.facebook.com/PakistanEmbassyDushanbe/videos/3211763338936341/ https://www.facebook.com/PakistanEmbassyDushanbe/videos/3211803138932361/   Embassy of Pakistan Bangkok

The 74th Independence Day of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan was observed at the Embassy of Pakistan in Bangkok. A Flag-hoisting ceremony was held at the Embassy in the morning. A large number of Pakistani diaspora, Thai Pakistanis and Thai nationals including women and children participated in the event with great enthusiasm, chanting slogans of ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ and ‘Kashmir Banay Ga Pakistan’. Messages from the President and the Prime Minister of Pakistan were read out on the occasion.

Ambassador Asim Iftikhar Ahmad said that Pakistan was Allah’s blessing and we must be thankful to our forefathers and leaders particularly Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah for their vision and struggle for Pakistan. It is because of Pakistan that we as a nation have respect and recognition in the world. Pakistan has developed and progressed from strength to strength and is a leading and influential country in the region and in the global stage. With unity and commitment we can achieve much more. The Ambassador said that while we were celebrating our Independence Day, our brothers and sisters in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu & Kashmir were facing atrocities and human rights violations. Pakistani nation stood resolutely with the Kashmiri people in their rightful struggle for self-determination and freedom. The Ambassador also briefed the Pakistani diaspora on the Political Map of Pakistan and invited them to join the virtual “Run for Kashmir” in support of the Kashmiris. 14 August 2020

Embassy of Pakistan Cambodia

On occasion of 73rd Birthday of Pakistan, the Embassy held a Flag Hoisting Ceremony with National Anthem in a small ceremony due to Covid-19 restrictions from the local government followed by cake-cutting ceremony and prayers for the country. We wish everyone a Happy Independence Day and hope to celebrate it with everyone next year Inshallah. 14 August 2020

Embassy of Pakistan, Ha Noi, Viet Nam

Today, Embassy of Pakistan and the esteemed members of the Pakistani community living in Vietnam celebrated 74th Independence Day of Pakistan in Vietnam. A flag-hoisting ceremony was held at the premises of the Embassy of Pakistan, Hanoi. Charge d’Affaires (a.i.) of Pakistan to Vietnam & the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, His Excellency Mr. Qamar Abbas Khokhar raised flag of Pakistan, while national anthem of Pakistan was being played. Members of the Pakistani community, embassy officials and their families attended the ceremony.

Messages by the President and the Prime Minister of Pakistan on the occasion of the 74th Independence Day of Pakistan were read out to the people attending the ceremony by Mr. Ali Qayyum Raja, Trade & Investment Attaché at the Embassy, who was also Master of the Ceremony. Charge d’Affaires Khokhar, while addressing the august gathering in Urdu, highlighted importance of the Independence Day of Pakistan and mentioned the valiant struggle that led to the creation of Pakistan. The Charge d’Affaires also underscored that the government of Pakistan was working day and night to make Pakistan a progressive and social welfare state, as it was envisioned by the Quaid-e-Azam, the founder of Pakistan. Speaking on the occasion, Charge d’Affaires Khokhar also briefed the members of the community on the current state of bilateral relations between Pakistan and Viet Nam, which are on a positive trajectory. Mr. Khokhar informed the audience the steps that the Embassy took to support the community in Vietnam during Covid-19 epidemic including provision of groceries and support in extension of their visas. Remembering our Kashmiri brothers and sisters on the occasion, Mr. Khokhar said that Pakistan will continue to support the Kashmir cause. The day is not far when Kashmiris will get their inalienable right to self determination. Pakistani community in Ho Chi Minh City, the largest city of Viet Nam and the community in Vientiane, capital of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic also celebrated the 74th Independence Day of Pakistan with traditional fervor. Some pictures of the ceremony are attached. No expenditure from government exchequer was made on the ceremony.

14 August 2020

    Embassy of Pakistan, Sofia

Pakistan’s 74th Independence Day Celebrations. 14 August 2020

Pakistan High Commission Kuala Lumpur

پاکستان کے 74 ویں یوم آزادی کے پر مسرت موقع پر ہائی کمیشن میں ایک پر وقار تقریب کا انعقاد کیا گیا۔ کورونا وباء کے باعث MCO کے دوران پاکستانی کمیونٹی کیلئے نمایاں اور مثالی خدمات ادا کرنے والے افراد کو تحسینی سرٹیفیکیٹ سے نوازا گیا۔

14 August 2020

    High Commission for Pakistan, Canberra

Press Release ************** Flag Hoisting Ceremony on Pakistan Independence Day at the High Commission for Pakistan, Canberra Pakistan Independence Day was celebrated in Canberra with national zeal and fervour. A simple but dignified flag hoisting ceremony was held at the High Commission for Pakistan, Canberra to mark the Independence Day. The ceremony commenced with recitation from the Holy Quran, followed by playing of National Anthem. The flag was hoisted by High Commissioner Babar Amin.

Messages of the President and the Prime Minister for the occasion were read out and also circulated to the participants. Speaking on the occasion, High Commissioner Babar Amin said that the Pakistan Movement led by our forefathers was a hard-fought political struggle, which eventually culminated in the creation of an independent and sovereign state for us all. This day, therefore, reminds us of the unparalleled sacrifices rendered by our forefathers to protect our sovereign rights and safeguard our religious, cultural and social values as well as economic prosperity. 14th August is, therefore, an occasion to pause and ponder on the objectives for which Pakistan was brought into being and also pay our deepest respects to those who passed away during that epic struggle. The High Commissioner also highlighted the situation in the Indian Illegally Occupied Kashmir and called upon the international community to play its role in stopping the illegal actions and putting an end to the military siege there. He further added that the Kashmiris have been fighting a long battle for their right to self-determination. Pakistan will continue to provide its political, moral and diplomatic support to their just struggle for self-determination. The High Commissioner lauded the Pakistani community for their significant contributions to the progress and development in Australia and all other South Pacific nations. Special prayers for peace, progress and prosperity of Pakistan were offered. The event was very well attended by Pakistani community members from Canberra and the undertraining Defence Forces Officers. Canberra 14 August 2020
    Pakistan Embassy Seoul

The Independence Day of Pakistan was celebrated at the Embassy of Pakistan in the Republic of Korea on Friday. In view of the COVID 19 epidemic and the social distancing guidelines, the event was attended only by the Embassy officials.

The event began with the raising of national flag by the Ambassador of Pakistan to the Republic of Korea to the tune of the national anthem. Remarks of the President of Pakistan and Prime Minister of Pakistan were also read at the occasion. In their messages, President and the Prime Minister congratulated the entire nation on the auspicious occasion of 74th National Independence Day. While paying tribute to those who laid their lives while defending and protecting the motherland, they urged the nation to remain steadfast and follow “Unity, Faith and Discipline”. They also highlighted the sufferings of Kashmiris in IIOJK and prayed for their freedom from Indian oppression. Ambassador of Pakistan, Ms. Mumtaz Zahra Baloch congratulated the Pakistani community in the Republic of Korea on this occasion and underlined the importance of celebrating the Independence Day as it marked the creation of a homeland where we can live with freedom and dignity. She urged the participants not to forget our Kashmiri brethren in IIOJK who have been subjected to harsh brutalities by Indian security forces for the last three decades.

14 August 2020

    Embassy of Pakistan, Jakarta

Today, Embassy of Pakistan in Jakarta celebrated 74th Independence Day of Pakistan. A flag-hoisting ceremony was held at the premises of the Embassy of Pakistan. Charge d’Affaires (a.i.) of Pakistan Mr. Sajjad Haider Khan raised the flag of Pakistan, while national anthem of Pakistan was being played. The officers, staff members of the embassy along with their families attended the ceremony. Messages by the President and the Prime Minister of Pakistan on the occasion of the 74th Independence Day of Pakistan were read out during the ceremony. In view of the Covid-19 situation in Jakarta, the Ceremony was attended only by the embassy staff and families, while observing social distancing guidelines.

14 August 2020

    Consulate General of Pakistan in Sydney

The Flag Hoisting Ceremony on Independence of Pakistan was held today in Sydney by the Consulate General of Pakistan.The Consul General hoisted the Pakistani Flag. Messages of the President and the Prime Minister of Pakistan on the occasion were read out. The Ceremony was concluded with prayers for the solidarity and prosperity of Pakistan. In view of the Covid situation in Sydney, the Ceremony was attended only by the staff of the Consulate General of Pakistan, while observing social distancing guidelines.

14 August 2020

    Consulate General of Pakistan New York

‪Enhancing Pakistan Textile Exports to US…Consulate General hosted a meeting with leading Pakistani & Pakistani-American textile exporters.‬ 12 August 2020

Embassy of Pakistan, Bucharest

As part of Embassy’s efforts to enhance economic and commercial content in Pak-Romania relationship, Amb Dr. Zafar Iqbal held a meeting with President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) Prahova / Vice President (Economic Diplomacy) Romanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Mr. Aurelian Gogulescu. Ways and means to enhance bilateral economic and trade relations were discussed.

12 August 2020

    Pakistan High Commission, London UK

High Commission organises National Minorities Day Celebration for the Community You ng boy Nadub Gill’s entry into Guinness World Records Celebrated Pakistan International Christian Medical Association launched with High Commissioner as its Patron

The National Minorities Day Celebration for the Community was held on 11 August 2020 at the Pakistan High Commission London. The event was attended by prominent members of Pakistani community of minorities based in the UK, British Parliamentarians, academicians, doctors, journalists and artists. High Commissioner Mohammad Nafees Zakaria underlined that the Constitution of Pakistan guarantees fundamental rights for all citizens irrespective of religion, race, caste, colour or creed. It further gives the right to every citizen to profess, practice or propagate religion and perform their religious customs as per their beliefs. The High Commissioner highlighted that the recognition of the rights of religious minorities is manifested in various legislative and constitutional measures. There are reserved seats for minorities in the National Assembly and in the Senate of Pakistan. Reserved seats in all Provincial Assemblies have also been allocated. There is 5% fixed allocation of job vacancies for minorities in all federal departments. This is in addition to their rights to contest for the open seats. He further added that the National Commission for Minorities under the Chairmanship of Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony protects and safeguards religious, social and cultural rights of the minorities in Pakistan. It oversees national policy on interfaith harmony. It ensures effective and equal participation of all religious minorities in all aspects of national life. Mr Zakaria underlined that inferior elements with outside support were attempting to sow the seeds of discord within the society and were exploiting the situation with ulterior motives. He advised the community and friends of Pakistan to be aware of such tactics. The High Commissioner highlighted that the day is meant to pay tribute to the members of minorities for the sacrifices they rendered in the independence movement of Pakistan and contributions to nation building and the country’s progress in various fields. He said that all Pakistanis acknowledge with deep appreciation the role of minorities towards the creation and growth of Pakistan which is continuing. Mr Zakaria praised the achievement of student Mr. Nadub Gill and noted that he was able to constructively utilize time during Coronavirus lockdown to polish his skills and was able to establish a World Record for both Pakistan and Britain. He also felicitated his parents for their role in Nadub’s achievement. In recognition of his outstanding achievement and to encourage him for his future endeavours, the High Commissioner presented him with a gift of a laptop and a Certificate. He apprised the guests that the Kashmiris were living under Indian military siege with no communication with the outside world and completely deprived of their fundamental rights. He said that with the communication blockade and no media access, the reports of extrajudicial and custodial killings, arbitrary detentions, rapes and sexual harassment and destruction of properties have constantly emerged. This has prompted Genocide Watch to issue Genocide Alert for Kashmir, he added. Mr. Zakaria referred to the documented accounts of Indian atrocities and in this regard identified 4 reports of UN Rappoteurs on HR, torture, extrajudicial and custodial killings, etc., Amnesty International’s report on Mass Blinding of Young Kashmiris, IPTK and APDP’s report on discovery of unnamed and unmarked Mass Graves and several international media reports on killings and sexual harassment. Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Peter David, Hon. Senior Lecturer King’s College Medical School London praised the efforts of the Government of Pakistan to promote the rights and welfare of the minority communities and underlined that these efforts must continue. He also thanked the High Commissioner for listening and always welcoming the Pakistan’s minority communities living in the UK and doing his best to assist them. He also informed about the setting up of Pakistan International Christian Medical Association to help support Christian medical institutions in Pakistan. He expressed gratitude to the High Commissioner for agreeing to become its Patron. The ceremony ended on a vote of thanks by Mr. Michael Massey, who conveyed the message of goodwill from Cllr. Dr. James Shera, an accomplished, renowned and decorated Pakistani Briton.

12 August 2020

    High Commission for Pakistan, Canberra 

Press Release *************** High Commissioner Babar Amin met with Assistant Defence Minister Hon Alex Hawke MP

High Commissioner Babar Amin met with Hon Alex Hawke, Assistant Defence Minister to discuss bilateral relations. During the meeting, cooperation between the two countries in the domain of defence and security was reviewed in detail. Expressing satisfaction over the longstanding cooperation in this area, it was agreed to further strengthen pragmatic interaction in certain specific fields. The High Commissioner invited Assistant Minister Hawke to visit Pakistan at the mutually convenient dates, which, was agreed in principle. The High Commissioner also briefed the Assistant Minister on the situation in IIOJK in backdrop of completion of one year of military siege, human rights violations, communication shutdown and humanitarian crisis. The Assistant Minister while taking note of the situation stated that Australia favoured a peaceful resolution of this issue. Assistant Minister Hawke appreciated the role played by Pakistani Diaspora in Australia’s development and multicultural array. Both sides agreed to continue working to further strengthen Pakistan-Australia bilateral relations, particularly, in the area of defence for mutual benefit. Canberra 12 August 2020
    Pakistan Embassy Seoul

Pakistan and the Republic of Korea have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Agricultural Science and Technology Cooperation. The MOU was signed during a meeting between Ambassador Mumtaz Zahra Baloch and Administrator, Rural Development Administration (RDA), Mr. Kim Kyeong-Kyu at RDA Headquarters in Jeonju. Ambassador also visited the various facilities of RDA and explored areas of cooperation in agricultural sector. The visit was coordinated by Commerical Counselor Imran Razzaq.

The MOU entails cooperation between RDA and Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) including joint research and technology development projects related to agriculture and livestock. Innovation in agricultural technology and techniques in seed development and smart farming would help improve small farms productivity and increasing incomes of small farmers. KOPIA Agricultural Center will be established in Pakistan with the objective of promoting bilateral agricultural cooperation.

10 August 2020

    Embassy of Pakistan Bangkok

Ambassador Asim Iftikhar Ahmad with HE Mr. Abhisit Vejjajiva, former Prime Minister of Thailand and Mr. Virachai Virameteekul, Member of Thai Parliament. Great opportunity to discuss Pakistan-Thailand relations, and regional and global issues in the context of the COVID crisis. 10 August 2020

Pakistan Embassy Seoul

Pakistani students and scholars in Korea have been in the forefront in projecting the dire human rights situation faced by the people of Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK). They organized seminars and video meetings to commemorate Yaum-e-Istehsal. This sentiment of solidarity with Kashmiris in IIOJK also extended to children. 10 August 2020

Pakistan Embassy Seoul

Protests were held in Korean cities of Daegu and Incheon to commemorate Yom-e-Istehsal and to express solidarity with the people of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK). Despite torrential rains and flash flooding, protesters turned out for demonstrations while following the COVID-19 guidelines issued the Korean authorities. 9 August 2020

Pakistan High Commission Kuala Lumpur

Eminent Statesman Dr Mahathir Mohamad will make keynote speech at Kashmir Solildarity Day today at 12.10pm PST at KL organized by MAPIM. 8 August 2020

https://www.facebook.com/PakistanHiComKL/videos/214881409935508/   Embassy of Pakistan Cambodia

Embassy commemorated “Youm-e-Istehsal” after the completion of “One Year of Siege of Kashmir” against the illegal Indian occupational forces (5th August 2019). Small Pakistani Community based in Cambodia actively participated in the event. The event started with Recitation of the Holy Quran, followed by speeches of the honorable President, the Prime Minister and the Foreign Minister.

A Pakistani Professor based in Phnom Penh recited beautiful poems for Kashmir Valley and its oppressed people. A small photo exhibition was also arranged to highlight the plight of Kashmir Issues and the views/condemnation of different leaders around the world on the atrocities committed in illegally Indian held occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IIOJK). The event was concluded with prayers for the Kashmiri victims and also appeal to all the Pakistani Community to keep Kashmiri struggle active in their consciousness and keep raising/remembering the Kashmir issue at all available forums.

غیرقانونی ہندوستانی افواج کے خلاف مقبوضہ کشمیر کے محاصرے کا ایک سال مکمل ہونے کے بعد سفارتخانے نے “يوم إ استحصال” منایا۔ کمبوڈیا میں مقیم چھوٹی پاکستانی کمیونٹی نے اس پروگرام میں بڑھ چڑھ کر حصہ لیا۔ تقریب کا آغاز تلاوت کلام پاک سے ہوا ، اس کے بعد صدر ، وزیر اعظم اور وزیر خارجہ کی تقریریں ہوئی۔ نوم پین میں مقیم ایک پاکستانی پروفیسر نے وادی کشمیر اور اس کے مظلوم لوگوں کے لئے خوبصورت نظم سنائی۔ مسئلہ کشمیر کی حالت زار اور غیرقانونی طور پر مقبوضہ جموں و کشمیر (IIOJK) میں مقیم ہندوستانی مظالم پر دنیا بھر کے مختلف رہنماؤں کے خیالات / مذمت کو اجاگر کرنے کے لئے ایک چھوٹی تصویر نمائش کا بھی اہتمام کیا گیا تھا۔ اس تقریب کا اختتام کشمیری متاثرین کی دعاؤں کے ساتھ کیا گیا اور ساتھ ہی تمام پاکستانی کمیونٹی سے بھی اپیل کی گئی ہے کہ وہ کشمیریوں کی جدوجہد کو اپنے شعور میں متحرک رکھے اور مسئلہ کشمیر کو ہر دستیاب فورم پر اٹھائے / یاد رکھے۔

8 August 2020

    Embassy of Pakistan, Tashkent

-Press Release- Today, a 2nd special commercial flight of the PIA (PK6572) took back 76 passengers (66 Pakistanis, 03 Russian citizens of Pakistani origin and 06 Uzbek citizens) from Tashkent, Uzbekistan to Lahore, Pakistan.

These Pakistani nationals included students, migrant workers and their families. These compatriots were stuck in Uzbekistan due to the suspension of international flights following the outbreak of COVID-19. The initiative for repatriation came about as a result of the Government of Pakistan’s policy to bring back Pakistani nationals stranded in other countries. During their stay in Uzbekistan, the Mission remained in constant contact with the compatriots and strived to take utmost care of them. We are grateful to the Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan for its kind support and cooperation for repatriation of our citizens. Tashkent 8th August 2020
    Embassy of Pakistan, Berlin

Mr Eberhard J. Trempel, Director-General, German Global Trade Forum Berlin called on the Ambassador Dr. Mohammad Faisal at the Embassy on 6th of august 2020. Matters related to promotion of bilateral trade and investment were discussed during the meeting.

7 August 2020

Pakistan Embassy Seoul

On 3 August 2020, Pakistan participated in the Republic of Korea-SAARC Partnership Seminar on Public Health and Poverty Alleviation in the time of COVID-19 in Seoul, Republic of Korea. Organized by the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs, yesterday’s event was the 11th Seminar in the series of seminars held annually to promote dialogue and understanding between SAARC and the Republic of Korea. Republic of Korea is an observer of SAARC since 2007.

Pakistan was represented at the Seminar by Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Poverty Alleviation and Social Protection Dr. Sania Nishtar and Ambassador of Pakistan to the Republic of Korea Ms. Mumtaz Zahra Baloch. Representatives from all SAARC countries and Korean officials and university scholars attended the event. In her video message, Dr. Sania Nishtar highlighted the linkages between public health and socio-economic concerns brought to the fore by COVID-19. She explained Government of Pakistan’s balanced and multidimensional strategy to address health concerns and the socio-economic fallout of COVID19. She expressed satisfaction that Pakistan has seen a drastic decline in COVID19 cases by ramping up its health system capacity, developing systems of monitoring and risk communication. In describing Pakistan’s socio-economic response, Dr. Sania Nishtar said the Ehsas emergency cash program which was rolled out within 10 days of the lockdown had benefited 16.9 million families across Pakistan. The cash program brought stability and comfort to families who had lost their means of income as a result of lockdowns. Dr. Sania added that COVID-19 response was a watershed moment for government functioning which became more agile, data driven and experimental in fast track adoption of cost effective ways of digital based working. Dr. Nishtar stressed the need for global cooperation to prevent backward slide on the gains in poverty alleviation. She said this was once in a generation chance to end poverty, inequality and climate crisis which needed a concerted effort by the international community. She appreciated the catalytic role of the Government of Korea and thanked it for organizing the seminar. 3 August 2020

Embassy of Pakistan, Jakarta 

PRESS RELEASE

As part of the series of events arranged by the Mission in commemoration of “Yom e Istehsaal”, the Embassy of Pakistan organized a Seminar, today. The event was attended by a large number of Indonesian scholars, university professors, university students and members of Muslim organizations. Highlighting the historical as well as legal position on Jammu & Kashmir Dispute, Mr. Sajjad Haider Khan, Charge’ d’ Affaires of Pakistan reiterated that Jammu & Kashmir remains an Internationally recognized dispute and the longest dispute ever at the United Nations Security Council Agenda. Mr. Sajjad Haider Khan, Charge’ d’ Affaires of Pakistan, briefed the participants on the evolving situation in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu & Kashmir since 5 Aug 2019. Expressing serious concerns over the gross Human Rights Violations, Sexual abuse, violence against women & children and the Indian attempts to bringing demographic changes in the region. Mr. Khan pointed out towards the dangerous trends of Hindutva being followed by the BJP/RSS led government of India. He termed India’s repealing of articles 35A and 370 of its Constitution on 05 August 2019, revoking special status granted to the Jammu & Kashmir, as a violation of International law and UN Security Councils Resolutions. Mr. Khan urged Indonesian brothers and sisters, international community and the Government of Indonesia to express solidarity with the innocent people of Jammu & Kashmir and extend their valuable support to peaceful resolution of the dispute in accordance with the relevant UNSC resolutions. Jakarta 06-08-2020
    Consulate General of Pakistan Jeddah

PRESS RELEASE

Youme-Estehsaal-e-Kashmir observed on 5th August at the Consulate General of Pakistan, Jeddah Consulate General of Pakistan organized an event today to observe the Youme-Estehsaal-e-Kashmir. Prominent members of the Pakistani/ Kashmiri community, representatives of the ethnic and Arab media attended the event. Key speakers included Guest of the Honour Mr. Mansour Nizam Eddin renowned Saudi media consultant; Consul General Mr. Khalid Majid, Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the OIC Ambassador Rizwan Sheikh; Chairman Kashmir Committee Mr. Masood Puri; General Secretary J&K Overseas Community Sardar Waqas; Vice President J&K Overseas Community Chaudhary Maroof; and Member Kashmir Committee Mr. Pervez Yousaf. Speakers highlighted the significance of the day; condemned the brutalities of the Indian occupying forces in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IIOJK) particularly post August 5, 2019; paid homage to the sacrifices of Kashmiris against the Indian oppression; underlined that Pakistan will never withdraw from its principled stance on the IIOJK; and reiterated moral, political, and diplomatic support to the people of Kashmir in their just struggle for the right to self-determination, as promised to them by the international community through successive UN Security Council resolutions. A brief documentary on the current situation in IIOJK was screened. Besides, special messages of the President, the Prime Minister and the Foreign Minister of Pakistan were read out followed by a video message from the President of Azad Jammu & Kashmir. Pakistan’s new political map was also displayed during the event and its significance was highlighted. The event concluded with collective prayer for the success of Kashmiris’ struggle for their legitimate right to self- determination. Jeddah 5th August, 2020
    Embassy of Pakistan Nur-Sultan

Press Release

(Nur-Sultan, 05 August 2020) “Youm-e-Istehsal” the Day to observe one full year of illegal action of BJP government on 05 August 2019 was held in the premises of Embassy of Pakistan in Nur-Sultan Kazakhstan to mark the military siege in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IIOJK). On the occasion, messages from the President, Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Pakistan were readout. The participants also observed a minute of silence. In his remarks, Ambassador Imtiaz A. Kazi highlighted the plight of 8 million innocent Kashmiris at the hands of fascist Modi-led, Indian government in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IIOJ&K). The Ambassador said that world community, the United Nations and Human Rights Organization had strongly condemned grave human rights violations committed by the Indian occupied forces in IIOJ&K. India has been in illegal occupation of Jammu & Kashmir since 1947 and has continuously violated a number of the UN Security Council resolutions for many decades. Despite its brutal suppression of Kashmiris for over 73 years, India has been unable to force them into submission. The Ambassador reiterated Pakistan’s unflinching support for Kashmiris to realize their inalienable right to self-determination through a free and impartial plebiscite under the auspices of the United Nations. The Government, leadership and people of Pakistan remain firmly committed to the solution of the Jammu & Kashmir dispute in accordance with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions and the aspirations of the Kashmiri people. 5 August 2020

Consulate General of Pakistan, Dubai

A seminar on “Demographic Re-Engineering of IIOJ&K by India” was held at Pakistan Consulate General Dubai today to mark “Youm-e-Istehsal”. A large number of people from various walks of life attended the event. Speakers emphasized on the international community to take notice of continued attrocities on innocent Kashmiris by Indian Forces. 5 August 2020
    Embassy of Pakistan, The Hague

Press Release On the occasion of Youm-e-Istehsal, a webinar was held in which Ambassador Shujjat Ali Rathore briefed participants on the atrocities committed in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) by Indian security forces. The Ambassador highlighted the various challenges faced by the Kashmiri population for the last one year, including limited access to crucial health and education services. He called on the international community to wake-up and recognize the atrocities committed by the Indian security forces in IIOJK. He also urged participants to draw the attention of their local leadership to pressurize the Indian government to end the human rights violations and the military siege in IIOJK and give the people their right to self-determination. In the end, the Ambassador reiterated that Its time the flag bearers of human rights recognise the atrocities in Kashmir and speak up. Participants included students from different local universities as well as journalists and concerned citizens residing in the Netherlands. The Hague, 5th August 2020
    Pakistan High Commission, London UK

Parliamentary Webinar on Kashmir Demographic change in IoJ&K is a breach of Geneva Convention, UNSC Resolutions on Kashmir dispute: High Commissioner Zakaria British Parliamentarians express solidarity with the Kashmiris

High Commissioner Mohammad Nafees Zakaria has said that the ultimate objective of India is to alter the demography of Indian occupied Jammu & Kashmir, which it has been illegally occupying against the wishes of Kashmiri nation, in contravention of Geneva Convention IV and also UNSC Resolutions on Kashmir. He was speaking at a Virtual Parliamentary Seminar on Kashmir on 5 August 2020 to observe You-e-Istehsal marking one year of military siege of over 8 million Kashmiris by India. Giving a context to the Webinar, the High Commissioner said on 5 August 2019, India unilaterally and illegally enacted Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Act 2019. Since then the Kashmiris are living under Indian military siege with no communication with the outside world and completely deprived of their fundamental rights. He said with the communication blockade and no media access, the reports of extrajudicial and custodial killings, arbitrary detentions, rapes and sexual harassment and destruction of properties have constantly emerged. This prompted Genocide Watch to issue Genocide Alert for Kashmir, he added. Mr Zakaria said change of Kashmir’s status is a violation of the UN Security Council’s resolutions on Kashmir as well as relevant International Conventions and Laws. He said, since 5 August 2019, UN Rapporteurs have published four reports on Human rights violations in IOJK. Besides, the human rights organizations such as Amnesty International, HRW, J&K Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS), Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP), the international media has also extensively reported on horrifying details of human rights violations and crimes against humanity committed by the Indian occupation forces under the direct command of the BJP government, he added. The High Commissioner said the overarching objective of illegal move by India is to bring about demographic change in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir. He said that illegal actions of 5th August 2019 opened yet another dark chapter in human and Kashmiris’ history and this is not the only attempt to change the demography. India has been systematically changing the demography over the years through genocide, massacres, enforced expulsions, enforced disappearances and so on, he added. Mr Zakaria said disclosure of mass graves, mass blinding, mass rapes and extrajudicial & custodial killings of Kashmiris constitute crimes against humanity for which the international community must hold India accountable. Mr Zakaria said Pakistan stands with the Kashmiris in their rightful struggle for self-determination and our resolve towards supporting the oppressed Kashmiris is unflinching. He cited the Government of PM Imran Khan’s undertaking in this regard. A large number of British Parliamentarians attended the Webinar. The Participants condemned grave violations of human rights in Indian occupied Kashmir and expressed their support for the oppressed Kashmiris. They said that Kashmiris under the Indian occupation are suffering from one of the most brutal oppressions in the world. They were concerned that lockdown during the pandemic has made Kashmiri lives more miserable as they have no access to medical facilities and communication networks. This necessitates immediate action by the international community. The British Parliamentarians expressed complete solidarity with the oppressed Kashmiris and demanded an immediate end to human rights abuses by Indian occupation forces. They were of the opinion that demographic change in IOJK is a glaring violation of international laws and would further deprive the Kashmiris of their land and opportunities. The British Parliamentarians said Indian action of 5th August 2019 took the Kashmir dispute out of bilateral space and hence international intervention is required. The time for talking about it as a bilateral issue is over and, therefore, there is a need to drop the idea of bilateralism, they added. The speakers said that the characterization of the issue as a bilateral dispute and the language being used around it need to be changed to pave way for just and sustainable peace in Kashmir. Kashmir dispute can neither be resolved bilaterally nor through military means; hence, the international community must step in, they said. They said that multilateral institutions like UN, EU and human rights organizations should come forward to end the sufferings of the Kashmiri people. They undertook to continue raising the voice at appropriate forums including the British Parliament and with the Government. The speakers emphasized that any trade and economic cooperation with India should be contingent upon its respect for human rights in Kashmir. They also noted that the UK media needs to focus more on Kashmir in view of the ongoing pandemic and human rights abuses by Indian occupation forces. The speakers said every Kashmiri life matters and the world needs to protect their lives and civil liberties. Those who spoke on the occasion included Lord Qurban Hussain, Liam Byrne MP, Afzal Khan MP, Naz Shah MP, Muhammad Yasin MP and Tahir Ali MP. John Howarth, former MEP, spoke on his own behalf and on behalf of his colleagues. Debbie Abrahams MP, Chair of All Party Parliamentary Group on Kashmir (APPKG), and many others participated with their statements expressing support for Kashmiris and conveying their anguish at the blatant human rights violations in Indian occupied Kashmir. Raja Najabat Hussain, Chairman Jammu & Kashmir Self Determination Movement International (JKSDMI) also participated in the webinar. 5 August 2020   Pakistan Embassy Moscow

‘Yum-e-Istehsal’ The Embassy of Pakistan in Moscow observed ‘Yum-e-Istehsal’ on 05 August 2020. Notable members of the Pakistani community and locals attended the ceremony. Messages of the President and Prime Minister were read out. A short documentary highlighting human rights violations in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) was screened followed by a brief address by the Ambassador. National anthems of Pakistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir were played at the end of the event.

Ambassador Shafqat Ali Khan, in his short address, stated that Indian actions of 05 August 2019 drove the last nail into the coffin of its illegal occupation of Jammu and Kashmir. Reiterating Pakistan’s unwavering commitment to the cause of Kashmiris, he maintained that the days of Indian occupation are numbered as the Kashmiris have decided that they will no longer bear the inhuman treatment meted out by the Indian Government. He also drew attention to the contrasting trajectory of India and Pakistan, since India chose this very day to lay down the foundation of divisive ‘Ram Mandir’ while Pakistan, on the other hand, is charting a way forward for a more pluralistic society. 5 August 2020

Pakistan Embassy Seoul 

Embassy of Pakistan to the Republic of Korea is today observing Kashmir Yaum-e-Istehsaal. An event to mark the occasion and to express support and solidarity with the people of the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) was held at the Embassy. It was attended by young Pakistani and Korean opinion makers, bloggers and social media influencers. The event started with a one-minute silence to pay homage to the martyrs in IIOJK followed by videos, songs, poems and stories highlighting the suffering of Kashmiris in IIOJK.

Speaking on the occasion, Ambassador Mumtaz Zahra Baloch spoke about the significance of commemorating Yaum-e-Istehsal when India took the illegal and unilateral action to alter the status of internationally recognized disputed status of IIOJK. These actions were in violation of international law and UNSC resolutions. The international community has rejected illegal actions of India which stands exposed as a threat to regional peace and stability. She said Pakistan would continue to stand on the side of justice and international law. Ambassador gave an account of the suffering of Kashmiris living under the worst state of uninterrupted and brutal military siege and crackdown. She called on the participants to speak up for the dignity, rights and freedom of the people under occupation in IIOJK.

5 August 2020

    Consulate General of Pakistan New York

Protests against Indian siege of Kashmiri people in New York. 5 August 2020

Consulate General of Pakistan New York

Protests against Indian siege of Kashmiri people in New York. 5 August 2020

Embassy of Pakistan, Athens, Greece

Today, the Pakistani community Greece, observed Kashmir Siege Day in the capital city Athens by forming a human chain. A demonstration was held outside the Embassy of India. More than 300 protesters, holding placards and banners, recorded their protest in a unique way. They wore red & white T-shirts with printed slogans in English and Greek languages in support of the oppressed Kashmiri people. The purpose of the protest was to highlight grave human rights violations being carried out by Indian security forces against the Kashmiris in the Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir and to raise awareness about the Kashmir issue in Greece. This fairly large gathering of Pakistani community in Greece adequately manifested their solidarity with the oppressed people of Indian Illegally Occupied Kashmir and pleaded the international community to take notice of Indian atrocities and support Kashmiris in seeking their right of self determination through a plebiscite, promised through several Security Council resolutions. 5 August 2020

Embassy of Pakistan, Riyadh

Embassy of Pakistan (Riyadh) Holds ‘Kashmir Siege Day’ Webinar: Embassy of Pakistan in Riyadh held a webinar on 5 August 2020. The objective of the webinar was to highlight different aspects of the Kashmir dispute, human rights violations and continued atrocities being committed by the Indian Armed Forces in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJ&K) since 5thAugust 2019, as well as to reiterate Pakistan’s continued commitment and support to the Kashmir cause and Kashmiri people.

The event was attended by a large number of Pakistani and Kashmiri diaspora, including cross-section of academics, media and scholars from local think-tanks. Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) on National Security, Dr. Moeed Yusuf participated in the event as the Key Note Speaker. Other eminent speakers included former National Security Advisor, Lt Gen (R) Naseer Khan Janjua, former Ambassador of Pakistan to India, Mr. Abdul Basit Khan, Palestinian Representative Abdel Baset Al Abadlah, Chairman, Peace and Culture Organization, Ms. Mushaal Hussein Mullick, former Saudi Ambassadors to Pakistan, Mr. Ali Awwad Assiri, former Saudi diplomat Mr. Ali Ghamdi, and former High Commissioner and senior analyst Mr. Akbar S. Ahmad.

یوم استحصال کشمیر (سفارتخانہ پاکستان ، ریاض):

سفارت خانہ پاکستان کی جانب سے سفیر پاکستان راجا علی اعجاز کی صدارت میں مقبوضہ جموں کشمیر میں بھارت کے مستقل غیر قانونی اقدامات اور دفعہ 370 کو آئین سے خارج کیے جانے کا ایک سال مکمل ہونے پر 5 اگست کو بطور یوم استحصال آن لائن زوم کانفرنس منعقد کی گئی

جس میں سعودی عرب سمیت دنیا کے مختلف سیاسی و سماجی مبصرین، سفارت کاروں، کارکنان انسانی حقوق، سمیت کشمیری نمائندگان نے بھی شرکت کرتے ہوئے اپنے خیالات کا اظہار کیا.

کانفرنس میں وزیراعظم کے معاون خصوصی برائے قومی سلامتی معید یوسف نے خصوصی طور پر شرکت کی۔ اہم مقررین/ مہمانوں میں سابق قومی سلامتی کے مشیر ناصر خان جنجوعہ، مشہور سکالر اکبر ایس احمد، سابق سعودی سفیر علی اسیری، سابق سفیر عبدل باسط، کشمیری لیڈر محترمہ مشال حسین ملک، سابق سعودی سفارتکار علی ال غامدی اور سینئر تجزیہ نگار ارشاد سلیم شامل تھے۔

سفیر پاکستان راجہ علی اعجاز کا کہنا تھا کہ 1989 سے اب تک ہزاروں بے گناہ کشمیریوں کو شہید جبکہ کتنی بہنوں کے عزت کو پامال کیا جا چکا ہے… راجہ علی اعجاز نے صدر پاکستان عارف علوی، وزیر اعظم عمران خان، وزیرِ خارجہ شاہ محمود قریشی کی جانب سے خصوصی پیغامات بھی پڑھ کر سنائے..

چئیر پرسن امن و ثقافت مشال ملک نے مقبوضہ جموں و کشمیر کی صورتحال اور یوم استحصال کے لائحہ عمل کے حوالے سے تبادلہ خیال کرتے ہوئے کہا کہ پوری پاکستانی قوم، مشکل کی اس گھڑی میں اپنے کشمیری بھائیوں کے شانہ بشانہ کھڑی ہے ۔اور پوری قوم نہتے کشمیریوں کی آواز کو دنیا کے ہر فورم پر اٹھائے گی. انہوں نے پاکستان کے نئے سیاسی نقشے کی اہمیت پر بھی بات کی…ان کا یہ بھی کہنا تھا کہ ہماری توجہ مسئلہ کشمیر کو بین الاقوامی سطح پر اجاگر کرنے کے بہترین طریقوں پر مرکوز ہونی چاہئے…

وزیراعظم عمران خان کے معاون خصوصی معید یوسف کا کہنا تھا کہ پاکستان اب کشمیریوں کے حقوق کے لئے جارحانہ انداز میں جدوجہد جاری رکھے گا، بھارت کے پاس چھپنے کا کوئی راستہ نہیں ہوگا…. کشمیر کو ہر حال میں آزاد کرنا پڑے گا. بھارت کے مسلسل جبرو استبداد اور دباؤ کے باوجود 5 اگست کے غیر قانونی اقدامات کو تمام کشمیری مسترد کر چکے ہیں

5 August 2020

    Embassy of Pakistan, Cairo

Youm-e-Istehsal Kashmir was observed at the Embassy. Messages of the President and Prime Minister were read out. A minute silence was observed in solidarity with Kashmiri brethren. At night informative slides/videos were projected on the Embassy walls. 5 August 2020
    Pakistan High Commission Kuala Lumpur

یوم استحصال کشمیر کے سلسلے میں ہائی کمیشن نے ایک سیمینار کا اہتمام کیا ۔

5 August 2020

    Embassy of Pakistan, Dushanbe

Press Release

The Embassy of Pakistan in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, organized today an event to observe ‘Youm-e-Istehsal’ in the Chancery to mark completion of one year of inhuman military siege by the Indian occupying forces in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IIOJK). The ceremony started with the recitation of Holy Quran followed by playing of the anthems of Pakistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir. Ambassador ® Saidov Saidbeg Boykhonovich, former Ambassador of Tajikistan to Pakistan and India and presently Head of the Department of International Relations and Diplomacy in the Russian-Tajik Slavonic University, Dushanbe, was the Chief Guest on the occasion. Ambassador Boykhonovich in his remarks said that Kashmir is a long-standing conflict between India and Pakistan and must be resolved through peaceful means according to the wishes of the Kashmiri people and in line with United Nations Security Council Resolutions. He shared his experience about his personal visits to the IIOJK during his stint as Tajikistan’s Ambassador to Pakistan and India and also recited his poetic verses eulogizing Kashmir. Ambassador Imran Haider while speaking at the occasion in his speech highlighted the history of Jammu & Kashmir dispute, ongoing atrocities and brutalities being perpetrated by the Indian occupying forces in IIOJK, particularly since 5th August 2019. He said that the illegal Indian actions of 5th August 2019 and subsequent introduction of J&K Reorganization Order tantamounts to demographic apartheid and are blatant violations of numerous UN Resolution on Jammu and Kashmir dispute, Geneva Conventions and International Law. While lauding great sacrifices rendered by the besieged Kashmiris in IIOJK, Ambassador Haider reiterated Pakistan government’s and people’s resolve to extend moral, diplomatic and political support to the Kashmiri brothers and sisters in their struggle for right of self-determination. He further added that the international community is gradually waking up to the continued and inhuman violations of human rights in IIOJK and the days are not far when the Kashmiri people will achieve freedom. Large number of people from different walks of life including Pakistani community members, local journalists, human rights activists, academia and students attended the event. Special documentaries highlighting Indian brutalities in IIOJK were screened during the event. Banners, pamphlets and posters highlighting Kashmir struggle were also displayed. Dushanbe 5th August 2020
    Embassy of Pakistan, Berlin

Youm-e-Istehsal 2020

5 August 2020

Embassy of Pakistan, Bucharest

Youm-e-Istehsal 2020

5 August 2020

    Embassy of Pakistan, Damascus

Embassy of Pakistan Damascus organized Youm-e-Istehsal at Embassy premises on 5.8.2020 to tribute to the brave Kashmiri people. on this occasion massages of President and Prime Minister of Pakistan were read out. A number of Pakistanis in Damascus attended the session. Speaking on the occasion the Charge d’ Affairs of Pakistan to Syria Mr. Muhammad Arslan Zafar highlighted grave human right violations in Indian occupied Kashmir and paid tribute to the brave Kashmiris who have sacrificed their lives in freedom struggle during last seven decades. Mr. Muti ur Rehman Bajwa, Counsellor and notable Pakistanis also addressed the gathering.

5 August 2020

    High Commission for Pakistan, Canberra

Webinar on a year of unabated human rights and humanitarian ordeal, military siege and oppression in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu & Kashmir To commemorate Kashmir Siege Day, a virtual seminar titled ” A year of unabated human rights & humanitarian ordeal, military siege and oppression in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK)” was held at Pakistan High Commission, Canberra on 05 August 2020.

The lead speakers included Honourable President Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Sardar Masood Khan, former Senator Ms. Lee Rhiannon, Mr. David Shoebridge, Member of the Legislative Council in the New South Wales Parliament, Dr. Claude Rakisits, Hon. Associate Professor ANU, Professor Samina Yasmin, Director Centre for Muslim States and Societies, and High Commissioner for Pakistan, Mr. Babar Amin. The webinar was attended by many scholars, intellectuals, journalists, members of Kashmir Solidarity Council, Pakistani community and Australians from all states and territories. A significant number also physically participated in the event at the High Commission of Pakistan Canberra, while observing the Covid distancing regulations. The President, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Sardar Masood Khan said that the latest happenings in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir should be an eye-opener for the international community. Though there is a greater awareness about the heart wrenching ordeal of Kashmiris, many countries were reluctant to speak about it due to their political, strategic, and economic interests with India. The Indians he said, are blatantly trampling human rights, international humanitarian laws and threatening the global peace. The silence of major countries is, unfortunately, only further encouraging it. He emphasized that the ongoing struggle in IIOJK is an issue of protecting human values and dignity. It is a matter of safeguarding what the whole of mankind stands for. The President AJK briefly informed the audience about the history and genesis of the Kashmir issue. He also apprised the participants about the illegal action, draconian steps, human rights violations, and humanitarian crisis in IIOJK, during the last one year of its military siege. Sardar Masood Khan stated that the Indian inhuman measures were aimed at silencing every voice for the freedom and the right to self-determination in Kashmir. The President AJK stressed on the participants of the webinar to take the voice of the Kashmiri people to the MPs, top government officials, media, and the civil society of Australia. Mr. David Shoebridge MLC highlighted the Human Rights violations in Kashmir and stressed on the need for resolution of the Kashmir dispute on the principle of right to self-determination. He read out the text of the Motion presented by him at the parliament of the New South Wales today, to mark the completion of one-year of siege, human rights violations and need to respect the right to self-determination of Kashmiris,. Lamenting the indifference of the international community including Australia, to the plight of the Kashmiris, he vowed to take up the issue on other forums as well. Senator Lee Rhiannon in her remarks stated that, the people of Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir were being denied their basic human rights and facing a grave humanitarian crisis that required urgent international attention. The international community and Australia, she stated, needs to ensure their basic rights especially the right to self-determination. She called for the immediate cessation of the lockdown in IOJ&K and to bring normalcy in the lives of the Kashmiris. Comparing the Kashmiri struggle with the anti-apartheid movement, Senator Lee stated that with a greater global awareness, the civil society and the force of public opinion would compel the governments to stand up with the Kashmiris. Dr. Claude Rakisits said that the scrapping of the special status for Jammu and Kashmir had been on manifesto of Modi’s Party for the national election in 2019, so there was no real surprise to this move. Due to the continued massive clampdown, the situation remains significantly inhuman for the people of Kashmir. Such collective punishment is in violation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Dr. Rakists laid out his own proposal for resolving the issue. The first step, he said, would be the involvement of the Commonwealth Eminent Persons Group to assist Kashmiris, Pakistan, and India in the mediation of the plan. In the second, four UN-supervised referenda would be held simultaneously, but counted separately for (i) Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Kashmir; (ii) Kashmir valley; (iii) Jammu; and (iv) Ladakh. Highlighting the need for following the rule based international order in IIOJK, Professor Samina Yasmin informed the participants on how India has since long been flaunting these. She also gave specific examples from the ongoing military siege in IIOJK, to emphasize the flagrant disregard of the international system by India. High Commissioner Babar Amin in his remarks thanked all the speakers for their principled position on the illegal actions, military siege, and human rights violations in the Indian Illegally Occupied Kashmir. He dilated upon the sacrifices of Kashmiris for exercise of their inalienable right to self-determination, which, had been promised to them by the International community. The High Commissioner briefed the participants of the illegality of Indian actions in the context of international law, bilateral agreements, and established norms. He reaffirmed Pakistan’s continued moral, political, and diplomatic support to the people of Jammu and Kashmir. A photo exhibition on the military siege, illegal actions and human rights violations in the Indian Illegally Occupied Kashmir was also organised by the High Commission on the occasion which was virtually shown to the participants. A tableau performed by children of the High Commission on the Azadi-e-Kashmir song was also telecast during the webinar. Canberra 5 August 2020
    Pakistan in Kyiv

The Embassy of Pakistan, Kyiv organized “Youm-e-Istehsaal” event on 5th August 2020, to mark one year of the siege of Indian Illegaly Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) by the Indian occupation forces and highlight the atrocities being committed against the people of IIOJK.

5 August 2020

    Embassy of Pakistan, Jakarta

The Embassy of Pakistan held a Webinar titled “Peace and Security Challenges in South Asia” today. The event was part of the series of activities planned in commemoration of the “Yom-e-Istehsaal” (exploitation day) being observed on completion of one year since the Indian Government illegally revoked the special status of the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu & Kashmir. The Speakers included Mr. Sajjad Haider Khan, Charge d’Affairs of the Pakistan Embassy, Dr Muhammad Najib, a renowned Indonesian Scholar, and Ms Shaista Safi from the Kashmir Youth Forum. The Speakers highlighted the illegal Indian actions and their impact on the peace and stability in South Asia.

5 August 2020

    High Commission of Islamic Republic of Pakistan in Mauritius -PORT LOUIS

Webinar was hosted by the Mission today to Mark Youm-e-Istehsal e Kashmir (Kashmir Siege Day يوم استحصال ) In addition to Mauritians speakers, the webinar/conference was addressed by Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai (Washington), Ambassador Malik Nadeem Abid (New York), Duke Salman Khan (South Africa) and eminent local scholars and community leaders. The speakers gave an overview of the history of Kashmir issue and the developments and atrocities committed in the aftermath of the action of 5 August 2019 in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) by the BJP government. It was also highlighted that Indian government’s actions are in utter violation and disregard for calls of peaceful resolution of the dispute. The speakers appreciated the stance of the Government of Pakistan and also proposed way forward to resolve the issue. High Commissioner Dr Syed Rizwan Ahmed thanked all the participants and gave a brief presentation on the violations of International Law by the Indian government in IIOJK and its attempts to block communication in the occupied territory even during Covid-19 pandemic. He specially highlighted Prime Minister Modi’s decision to lay the foundation of controversial Ram Mandir on this day and its relevance with the plight of Indian Muslims in general and Kashmiris in particular. The event concluded with Fateha for Kashmiri martyrs and prayers for early and amicable resolution of the dispute in accordance with the aspirations of Kashmiri people.

5 August 2020

    Embassy of Pakistan Baku

The Embassy of Pakistan in Baku organized an event to mark Youm-e-Istehsal Kashmir today, to highlight the illegal and unilateral actions of Indian government in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir. Officers, officials, Pakistanis and students of different universities and local media participated in the event.

5 August 2020

    Embassy of Pakistan Bangkok

Youm-e-Istehsal (5 August 2020)
    Pak Emb

Seminar at the Embassy of Pakistan Oslo on Youm-e-Istehsal

5 August 2020

    Pakistan High Commission, London UK

High Commission holds Photo Exhibition of Kashmiri victims of Indian atrocities in IOJ&K High Commissioner Zakaria participates in International Parliamentary Conference on Kashmir by JKSDMI & YPP

The High Commission for Pakistan in London organized a day-long Photo Exhibition today to mark one-year of Illegal measure of 05 August 2019 by India and the ensuing Military Siege in Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IOJ&K). The photos of the Kashmiri victims of Indian atrocities were put on display in the premises of the Mission. The heart-wrenching depictions of the human rights violations and abuses in IOJ&K, documented and widely reported by the UN Offices, INGOs, Volunteers and international media highlighted the plight of the Kashmiris. On this occasion, High Commissioner Mohammad Nafees Zakaria offered Dua and paid homage to the Kashmiri victims and commended their unbreakable resolve for the self-determination. The High Commissioner briefed the visitors to the exhibition on the developments illegal action of India in the wake of 5 August 2019 and the details of the documented accounts of Indian atrocities against Kashmiris. Speaking to the media, the High Commissioner said such events remind the world of the plight of the Kashmiri people living under Indian military siege for the last one year and help understand the gravity of human rights abuses committed by Indian occupation forces, spreading over decades. Mr Zakaria said that the High Commission is organizing a series of events to observe Youm-e-Istehsal on 5 August 2020. One year ago, on 5 August 2019, India took unilateral and illegal measures to change the status of IOK and since then the entire population is living under Indian military siege, he added. He called upon the international community to intervene to stop bloodshed and genocide of the voiceless and defenceless people of Kashmir and stop Indian atrocities in IOJ&K and call India to account for its crimes against humanity. Observing the social distancing, Kashmiri community and British friends of Kashmir visited the exhibition in small groups during the day and paid tribute to the Kashmiri victims and expressed solidarity with the besieged Kashmiri people. They also laid flowers in front of the photos to pay homage to the sacrifices of the Kashmiri people rendered during their rightful struggle for self-determination. Earlier, the High Commissioner participated in a virtual International Parliamentary Conference on Kashmir jointly organized by Jammu and Kashmir Self Determination Movement International (JKSDMI) & Youth Parliament of Pakistan (YPP). In his remarks, he highlighted the ongoing human rights abuses being committed by Indian occupation forces and called for delivery of justice to the Kashmiri victims. He laid emphasis on bringing the perpetrators of crimes against humanity to account. Mr Zakaria said there is sufficient evidence available in the form of documented accounts of human rights abuses prepared by the UN, HRW, Amnesty International, IPTK, APDP JKCCS, and international media to hold India accountable. President AJ&K, Sardar Masood Khan, several British and Pakistani parliamentarians, and Kashmiri leaders addressed the conference. Raja Najabat Hussain, Chairman JKSDMI moderated the event. Special Assistant to the Prime Minister, Syed Zulfiqar Bukhari who was on an official visit to the High Commission for consultation with the High Commissioner, also witnessed the exhibition. He appreciated the exhibition and said it would help raise awareness about ongoing human rights violations in IO&JK. The High Commissioner briefed the SAPM on services and facilitation provided by the Mission for the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Mr Bukhari interacted with the officers of the High Commission and updated them on various initiatives of the government, particularly its people centric policies.

4 August 2020

    Embassy of Pakistan, Jakarta

PRESS RELEASE ​ ​In commemoration of “Yom e Istehsaal”, the Embassy of Pakistan Jakarta organized a “Media Briefing Session” on 4 August 2020. The event was attended by ten prominent media houses in Indonesia including CNN Indonesia, Metro TV, TVRI (Official TV of Indonesia), Antara News Agency, MNC Media group, Radio Republic Indonesia (official Radio of Indonesia), Voice of Indonesia, Republika newspapers and Rakayat Merdeka News.

The Charge’ d’ Affaires of Pakistan, Mr. Sajjad Haider Khan briefly covering the Foreign Policy of Pakistan and Pakistan-Indonesia Relations, gave a detailed account of Peace & Security situation in South Asia. Referring to India’s hegemonic posture in the region, rise of RSS led Hindutva policies, Mr. Khan touched upon the evolving situation in the context of recent tensions created by India with nearly all of its neighbours including Pakistan, China, Bangladesh and Nepal. ​Highlighting the historical as well as legal position on Jammu & Kashmir Dispute, Mr. Khan reiterated that Jammu & Kashmir remains an Internationally recognized dispute and the longest dispute ever at the United Nations Security Council Agenda, with almost a dozen UNSC resolutions seeking plebiscite to determine the wishes of the Kashmiris for a final settlement. ​Mr. Khan pointed out that government of India repealed articles 35A and 370 of its Constitution on 05 August 2019, revoking special status granted to the Jammu & Kashmir, in clear violation of International law and UN Security Councils Resolutions. Mr. Khan also dilated upon the impact of Indian repressive policies specifically the total lockdown of the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu & Kashmir since 5 Aug 2019 including shutting down of Internet services, schools/colleges and lack of medical services during Covid-19 pandemic. He briefed the journalists on various aspects of the Jammu & Kashmir dispute including gross Human Rights Violations, Sexual abuse, violence against women & children and underscored the Indian illegal actions of bringing demographic changes in the region. ​Highlighting the ongoing wave of intolerance and state sponsored repression against minorities (especially Muslims) in India, Mr. Khan spoke at length about the targeted hatred and discrimination against Muslims in India by the Modi Government such as the Babri Mosque verdict, the discriminatory Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), the controversial National Register of Citizens (NRC), and the lynching of Muslims by the cow vigilantes. Prime Minister Modi’s decision to lay the foundation stone of a Temple at the place of Martyred Babri Mosque, on 05 August this year was a reflection of the Hindu Rashtra mindset, which could be deadly for the Muslims in India and other minorities. ​The Media Briefing marked the first anniversary of the India’s decision to change the special status of Illegally Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IIOJK), a move rejected by the Kashmiris. The Government of Pakistan is observing 05 August as Yom-e-Istehsaal (day of Exploitation) as a mark of solidarity with the Kashmiri people. Mr. Khan also urged Indonesian brothers and sisters and media houses to express solidarity with the innocent people of Jammu & Kashmir. Jakarta 04-08-2020
    Embassy of Pakistan, Cairo

#KashmirSiegeDay Media Briefing for local journalists in Embassy of Pakistan Cairo, to mark India’s

04-08-2020

Pakistan High Commission Colombo

“Youm-e-Istehsal” Event held to mark one year of military siege in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IIOJK) The Pakistan High Commission organized an event under the theme of “Youm-e-Istehsal”, to mark one year of Indian military siege of the Illegally Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IIOJK), at the Pakistan High Commission in Colombo on 3rd August, 2020.

In his remarks, the Acting High Commissioner of Pakistan, Mr. Tanvir Ahmad, highlighted that the fascist Modi-led, Indian government attempted to change the internationally-recognized disputed status of IIOJK on 05th August, 2019, by abrogating articles 370 and 35A of its constitution, thereby not only violating the UNSC resolutions but its very own constitution by depriving the territory of IIOJK of its special status. In the lead-up to the move, the Indian government deployed thousands of additional troops to the disputed region, imposed a crippling curfew cutting off access to essential services, arrested political leaders and shut down all forms of communication; which have resulted in one of the greatest humanitarian crises the world has ever witnessed. The Acting High Commissioner emphasized that this unilateral act by the Indian Government has defied Kashmiris’ aspirations and has planted the seeds for greater resistance in the IIOJK. He re-affirmed the continued moral, political and diplomatic commitment of the government and people of Pakistan for the Kashmir cause and assured that Pakistan will always remain the voice of conscience in the world for the rights of its Kashmiri brothers and sisters. He underscored that the world is slowly recognizing the Indian government’s atrocities and oppression of the Kashmiri people and the day is not far when they will attain their right to self-determination. The event was also addressed by Mr. Mohamed Jamaludeen, Chairman Kashmir Study Forum, who paid homage to the Kashmiri people for their historical struggle for the right of self-determination and decried the human rights violations committed by the Indian armed forces for over seven decades. He underscored that India should honour and implement the UNSC resolutions as protected by its own constitution and rescind its unilateral actions in the IIOJK after the abrogation of Articles 370 and 35A, since 05th August, 2019. The event was well-attended by members of the Pakistani diaspora in Colombo, journalists and friends of the Kashmir cause in the local community. ***** Colombo 03 August, 2020
    Pakistan Embassy Seoul

3/3 During her visit to Daegu, Ambassador Mumtaz Zahra Baloch visited the prestigious Kyungpook National University (KNU).Ambassador was accompanied by Comunity Welfare Attache, Shafiq Haider.

In her meeting with Vice President of the University, exchanges with universities in Pakistan including joint research and academic programs were discussed. Ambassador also raised issues of concern for Pakistani students studying at the university. Around 60 Pakistani students are enrolled in various disciplines at KNU. Ambassador also interacted with Pakistani students at KNU. She shared with them Embassy’s priorities and future plans. She encouraged them to work hard and stay united. Ambassador also answered questions of the students and listened to their advice and issues of concern.

02 August, 2020

Consulate General of Pakistan New York

Billboards @TimesSquareNYC mark one year of Indian siege of Kashmiri people.

3 August 2020 https://www.facebook.com/pakconsulateny/videos/1763129733827690/   Embassy of Pakistan, Berlin

Mr. Volker Tschapke, Founding President of Prussian Society and Coordinator German Global Trade Forum, called on the Ambassador Dr. Mohammad Faisal on 30th July 2020 at the Embassy.

30 July 2020

    Embassy of Pakistan, Bucharest

PRESENTATION OF CREDENTIALS BY HIS EXCELLENCY DR. ZAFAR IQBAL TO THE PRESIDENT OF ROMANIA On 29 July 2020, the Ambassador of Pakistan to Romania His Excellency Dr. Zafar Iqbal presented his Letter of Credence to the President of Romania, His Excellency Klaus Iohannis.

During the meeting after the presentation of credentials ceremony, President Iohannis underscored the importance that Romania attached to its relationship with Pakistan. Dr. Zafar Iqbal, in turn, expressed that it was his honour to have the duty, over the next few years, to strengthen bilateral ties and explore ways of furthering trade, investment and economic cooperation as well as people-to-people links between Pakistan and Romania. Dr. Zafar Iqbal’s professional background encompasses 20 years as a career diplomat. He was Director General (Human Resource & Career Planning) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan since September 2018 prior to his appointment as the Ambassador of Pakistan to Romania. Earlier, Dr. Zafar Iqbal served as Director General (Americas) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Islamabad. He was Pakistan’s Deputy Head of Mission at the country’s Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine; First Secretary at the Embassy of Pakistan, Berlin, Germany; and Second Secretary at the Embassy of Pakistan, Tunis, Tunisia. Diplomatic relations between Pakistan and Romania were formally established in 1964 and since then both countries have enjoyed warm friendly relations. 29 July 2020
    Embassy of Pakistan, Berlin

Mr Joe Kaeser, CEO Siemens AG called on Ambassador Dr. Mohammad Faisal at the Embassy. During the very productive exchange, various opportunities to enhance cooperation in the field of energy specifically as well as education and infrastructure sector were discussed. 29 July 2020
    Pakistan High Commission, London UK

Councillors’ Virtual Conference: Covid-19 and Humanitarian Crisis in Jammu & Kashmir Participants condemn India for aggravating plight of Kashmiris under siege in IoK during the Pandemic, call for UN intervention and express solidarity with the Kashmiris

A Virtual Conference of Mayors, Deputy Mayors and Councillors was held to deliberate on Covid-19 and the ongoing year long Humanitarian Crisis in Jammu & Kashmir on 28 July 2020. The event was organised in the lead up to unilateral and illegal measures taken by India in occupied Kashmir a year ago on 5 August 2019. The purpose was to apprise the international community of the devastating effects of COVID-19 on the lives of the besieged Kashmiris in Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK). The Conference was attended by as many as 60 Mayors, Deputy Mayors, Councillors and community leaders from across the length and breadth of the UK. They condemned the inhuman treatment and atrocious attitude towards the Kashmiri people living under Indian military siege during the worst pandemic. The focus of discussion was on ending the human rights violations and bringing the perpetrators of crimes against humanity to justice. In his remarks on the occasion, the High Commissioner termed the situation in IoK catastrophic. He said the Kashmiri people were already suffering from the year-long Indian military siege but denial of access to medical facilities has compounded their sufferings and devastated the lives of many families. He hoped that expression of concern at such an important gathering would send a reminder to the world and defenders of human rights to address the plight of the voiceless and defenceless Kashmiris who are enduring unspeakable sufferings at the hands of Indian occupation forces. Mr Zakaria said during the unprecedented and difficult times of pandemic, the Kashmiris look up to the world to end their decades-long sufferings which have been aggravated since 5 August 2019 and the pandemic. Mr Zakaria referred to available documentary evidence published by the UN and other international human rights organisations pertaining to the crimes against humanity committed by Indian occupation forces. In this regard, he mentioned the Reports by the UN Rapporteurs on Extra-Judicial & Custodial Executions, Arbitrary Detentions, Torture, and other inhuman treatment; UNOHCHR Reports of 2018 &2019; Int’l People’s Tribunal Report; Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons Report on discovery of mass graves entitled: Buried Evidence; Amnesty International Report on mass blinding: Losing Sight in Kashmir; and a number of other documented accounts. He said evidence on Mass Graves, Mass Blinding, Mass Rapes, numerous Massacres since 1989, Genocide of 1947, Custodial & Extra-Judicial Killings and Torture is enough for the international community to take action against the perpetrators. The participants related their experiences of living under recent lockdown in the UK due to pandemic with those of Kashmiri people living under Indian military siege during the pandemic. The Kashmiri diaspora in the UK have strong ties with IoK as their extended families and close relatives are living there. They expressed deep anguish at the inhuman treatment being meted out to the Kashmiris in IoK. They said access to medical facilities is a basic human right of the Kashmiris and denial of this right merits immediate international intervention. The speakers said India blatantly violated all the conventions and international laws on human rights with impunity and defied UN Charter and UNSC Resolutions on Kashmir. After enforcing illegal J&K Reorganisation Order 2020 followed by ‘new domicile’ issuance procedures, it has expedited the demographic change in contravention of UNSC Resolutions on Kashmir to convert Kashmiris into a minority from majority in their own land, they expressed. The participants said that Kashmiri population in IOK has been on steady decline since 1947. They noted with concern that India has been systematically changing the demography through initially the genocide in Jammu in 1947, perpetual genocide over time, forced expulsion of indigenous Kashmiris and illegal settlements of non-Kashmiris. Besides the human rights aspect of the Kashmir dispute, the speakers also deliberated on the dangers Indian belligerence at LoC has posed to the regional security and the economic toll it is taking on the lives of 1.4 billion people in the region, many of whom are living in abject poverty. They appreciated Pakistan’s full moral, diplomatic and political support to the Kashmiri people in their struggle for self-determination. While appreciating the British Parliamentarians for their support and solidarity with the Kashmiris, the speakers urged the UK Parliament to raise a collective voice for the helpless Kashmiris. They also called upon the UK Government to play its due role in ending the human rights abuses in Kashmir. The participants resolved to continue their unflinching support to the Kashmirs until they get their right to self-determination as promised to them by the UN in its Security Council resolutions on Kashmir. 29 July 2020

  Embassy of Pakistan, Tehran

Press Release Successful Repatriation of Pakistani Prisoners from Iran Pursuant to Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to Iran in April 2019 during which he requested President Hassan Rouhani of Islamic Republic of Iran to grant amnesty to the Pakistani prisoners on humanitarian grounds, fourteen (14) Pakistan Prisoners have been transferred to Pakistan today. The transfer of prisoner took place under the agreement of Transfer of Sentenced Persons that was signed in 2014. The transfer took place at the Mirjaveh – Taftan border where the Pakistani authorities received the prisoners. From Iran, Advisor to Deputy Minister for Justice and Human Rights, Syed Kamal Abdullah, supervised the arrangements for transfer. It was the first transfer after the agreement has been ratified by both the countries in 2018.

In picture: Advisor to Deputy Minister for Justice and Human Rights, Syed Kamal Abdullah handing over details of repatriated prisoners to Second Secretary, Mr. Sami ur Rehman Khan Jammi from Embassy of Pakistan Tehran, at Mirjaveh-Taftan border. 28 July 2020

  Embassy of Pakistan, Washington DC

VIDEO: “Pakistan-US IT Cooperation: Unlocking the Potential” – Hosted by the Consulate General of Pakistan, New York, on July 27, 2020. https://www.facebook.com/PakistanEmbassyDC/videos/341510013538955/

Pakistan Embassy Seoul

Ambassador Mumtaz Zahra Baloch met with CEO of leading Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo, Mr. Bang Sang-hoon. It was an opportunity to discuss a range of topics with the Editorial Board of the newspaper. Chosun Ilbo is the biggest and the oldest newspaper in Korea.
25 July 2020

Embassy of Pakistan, Rome

PRESS RELEASE Pakistan registers growth in Italian market despite the CoVID19 and lockdown Rome, Italy, 23 July 2020: “Despite the CoVID19 propelled lockdown and supply chain disruptions ,Pakistan has fared quite well by registering visible growth in Italian market in FY 2019-20,” said the Ambassador of Pakistan to Italy H.E. Jauhar Saleem while addressing to Pakistani and Italian media. Italy is the 8th largest economy of the world with $ 2 trillion GDP. It is the 3rd largest economy in the EU after Germany and France. It is Pakistan`s 9th top export destination and it hosts largest Pakistani diaspora in the EU.

Italy is facing hard times due to the economic effects of the pandemic. IMF projected 9-11% contraction in Italian economy whereas Italian Central Bank projected 9-13% decline in Italian GDP, this year. The Ambassador sated that last year Pakistan had trade deficit of $164 million with Italy. This year (FY2019-20) despite CoVID19 and lockdown Pakistan has got a trade surplus of $210 million . So balance of trade is in Pakistan`s favour now. In FY 2019-20, Pakistan`s exports to Italy are $731 million and imports are $521 million. Pakistan`s major exports to Italy are textile, leather, rice, ethanol etc. Pakistan is market leader in rice and it holds 38% share in Italian rice market. Pakistan exported rice worth $62 million.[ Thailand holds 12% share with $19 million export. India at number three holds 10% with 17 million ]. The Ambassador shared the strategy to promote Pakistani products in Italian market. While talking about Italian investment in Pakistan in June 2020, the Ambassador mentioned that it increased 45% against the corresponding period. In value terms, it was $51.9 million last year and it has been increased to $56.4 million in FY 2019-20. Italian FDI came mainly in energy ,pharma, chemicals and IT etc. Major investment came in energy sector. Italy has plans to invest in renewable energy sector of Pakistan. The Embassy of Pakistan, Rome is facilitating these new investment projects. The Ambassador informed that Italy has become the largest contributor from the EU in home remittances to Pakistan. IN FY 2019-20, it registered 29% growth which is far higher than our national growth in remittances. Pakistani workers contributed $142.9 million in home remittances in FY 2019-20.($111 million in 2018-19). The Ambassador stated that the Embassy took a number of initiatives so that the Pakistani labour force stays in Italy even during the lockdown instead of returning back to Pakistan. This strategy has delivered and with the improving market conditions, Pakistanis are back to work and workers remittances have registered 77% growth in June 2020. While answering to a question, the Ambassador informed that Italian government has decided to temporarily regularize undocumented migrants working in the agricultural sector or as domestic helpers, to fill key jobs and allow workers health coverage. Pakistani undocumented workers are among the main beneficiaries of this scheme. The Embassy is facilitating Pakistanis in completion of their required documentation so they can benefit from this scheme. He added that the Embassy has stayed functional even during the lockdown days. The Ambassador stated that Pakistan is enhancing areas of cooperation between with Italy. Currently Italy is providing technical assistance in textiles, leather and marble sectors. Pakistan is working to expanding it to dairy and livestock, olives and olive products, plastics, processed food and construction sector. The Pak-Italy Joint Economic Commission that is the forum for bilateral economic engagement is expected to meet in Rome in last quarter of this year.

24 July 2020 https://www.facebook.com/110550157220822/videos/2435910846706427/

Permanent Mission of Pakistan to the United Nations

Opening statement by Ambassador Munir Akram, Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations at the 2021 Organizational session: first informal meeting election of the Bureau of ECOSOC on assuming Presidency of UN ECOSOC outlining priorities for next year. (July 23, 2020)

https://www.facebook.com/633711103311616/videos/3156364514449208/   Pakistan High Commission Kuala Lumpur

پی آئی اے کی پرواز سے آج 34 قیدی کوالا لمپور سے اسلام آباد روانہ۔ فرسٹ سیکریٹری نے قیدیوں کو ائرپورٹ پرُ الوداع کیا۔ ان قیدیوں میں صباح سے 10 قیدی بھی شامل ہیں جن کیلئے ہائی کمیشن نے خصوصی کوشش کی تاکہُ وہ اس فلائٹ سے جاُسکے۔ قیدی عید اپنے پیاروں کے ساتھ منانے کی سوچ پر بے حد خوش تھے اور ہائی کمیشن کا خصوصی شکریہ ادا کیا۔

23 July 2020

    High Commission for Pakistan, Canberra

Webinar on enhancing cooperation with Australia in the field of Pharmacy The High Commission for Pakistan organized a Webinar on the scope and opportunities for enhancing cooperation with Australia in the field of Pharmacy. The Webinar was chaired by High Commissioner Babar Amin while two lead Community Pharmacists Mr. Waqas Ashraf and Mr. Irfan Hashmi gave key-note presentations.

Speaking on the occasion High Commissioner Babar Amin stated that this Webinar was a part of the initiative to enhance collaboration with Australia in the areas of Health and Education. The High Commission was working to bring together the Health authorities, Pharmacy Councils, Regulatory authorities, Universities, Academia and Research Institutions of the two countries for a mutually beneficial cooperation. The Community Pharmacist in their presentations elaborated the Australian Pharmacy practice, education system and regulatory framework. The participants included Dr. Sabeen Afzal, representing the Directorate General of Health, Islamabad and Pakistan Pharmacy Council, Mr. Kashif Noor on behalf of Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis, and the Representatives of Provincial Pharmacy Councils. The Webinar was also attended by a number of Faculty members and students of Pharmacy Departments of Pakistani Universities, who asked a number of questions, which, were replied by the participants during the Webinar. The participants, while appreciating the Webinar, assured the support of their respective institutions to the initiative. A follow-up plan was also agreed upon at the conclusion of the session. Canberra 23 July 2020
    Pakistan High Commission, London UK

High Commissioner meets with Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust delegation; future collaboration discussed High Commissioner Mohammad Nafees Zakaria met with a delegation of the Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust led by its Chief Executive Mr Neil Carr at the High Commission on 22 July 2020. Mr Carr was accompanied by Dr. Abid Khan, Medical Director and Dr. Muhammad Gul, Associate Medical Director.

The two sides discussed the situation arising from pandemic COVID-19 and future collaboration between health sectors of the two countries. The High Commissioner welcomed the ongoing cooperation of the Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust with Pakistan’s health sector, particularly its continued collaboration with the Medical Corps of armed forces of Pakistan. He said ongoing pandemic is a global challenge, and needs global cooperation. Mr Zakaria paid tribute to the brave heart NHS Doctors and health workers for their heroic role in fighting the pandemic and saving lives. He also commended the British Pakistani medical professionals for their excellent work and sacrifices rendered during the pandemic. Mr Zakaria briefed the delegation on the situation in Pakistan in the wake of pandemic crisis. He highlighted that early measures to check the spread of virus, initially imported, turned out to be effective in containing infections and fatalities in the country. The High Commissioner said with ever increasing global demand for PPE, Pakistan has been able to develop some more niche products in this category for export to the outside world, particularly to the UK. Pakistan’s well developed textile sector came handy in this regard. Owing to this, the country is now producing masks including N95 masks, gloves, goggles, face shields (visors), gowns, shoe covers, hand sanitizers, contactless thermometers and hospital bed sheets of international quality for export. Some samples of these Pakistani products have been shared with important institutions and potential buyers in the UK, he added. He shared that Pakistan Engineering Council and Ministry of Science & Technology have developed good quality ventilators meeting international export standards. On this occasion, the High Commissioner presented CE certified Pakistan manufactured Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) ‘Face Shields’ to the Chief Executive as a goodwill gesture. Mr Neil Carr thanked the High Commissioner for his thoughtfulness and efforts to promote bilateral cooperation. He assured of working towards further consolidation of the relationship between the Trust and Pakistan’s health sector. Mr Carr hoped for more knowledge and expertise sharing at the institutional level in future for the mutual benefit of the two countries. Mr Julian Hamilton Barns, Chairman Pakistan Britain Business Council (PBBC) also spoke on the occasion and said there was great scope of increasing PPE category exports of Pakistan to the world, particularly to the UK. The guests were served with Pakistani mangoes which they thoroughly enjoyed. 23 July 2020
    Pakistan High Commission, London UK

International E-Conference “Promoting Applied Sciences in Pakistan” High Commissioner says Pakistan’s talented youth to shape the future; urges country’s scientists abroad to exploit the opportunities

High Commissioner Mohammad Nafees Zakaria has said 64 percent of Pakistan’s population is less than 30 years of age which provides incredible human resource to shape the future of Pakistan in various fields including applied sciences and research. He has also invited the Pakistani scientists abroad to avail the opportunities in the country and nurture the precious young human resource for its progress and prosperity. He was delivering his concluding remarks at a two-day E-Conference entitled “Promoting Applied Sciences in Pakistan (PASP-20)” on 21 July 2020. The e-conference was jointly organised by NUST-Pakistan, University of Cambridge-UK and United Arab Emirates University. The High Commission for Pakistan, London sponsored the event. The High Commissioner highlighted Pakistan’s rich history and resources as well as its contributions to the world of science. He shared with the participants that Pakistan is a signatory to the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) since 1991. Pakistan’s scientific progress and achievements were recognised and it became an associate member of CERN in 2015, he added. The High Commissioner said in order to promote the applied sciences in Pakistan, the first major step would be to gather Pakistani and foreign friend experts at one platform to identify areas of Pakistan’s strength and the country’s potential in those areas. He called upon Pakistan’s science & technology universities to take the lead and give practical shape to the ideas and concepts discussed at the e-conference. He recognised the importance of the role for the Government with policy emphasis, private sector and research institutions & foundations. Mr Zakaria identified pharmaceutical, healthcare, recently emerged PPE sector, surgical equipment, semiconductors, metallurgy, IT, technology driven e-commerce, agriculture industry, gemmology sector, sports as the areas full of potential for research and growth. The e-conference was themed at promoting applications of Science in various cutting edge research areas including Quantum Technology, Energy Harvesting, Space Technology, Superconductivity and Magnetism, Electronics, etc. The concept of the event was to give students and young researchers an exposure of recent developments in Science and Scientific Methods and Technologies. The e-conference featured well-renowned scientists from various disciplines of Science around the globe who brought together a well-balanced mixture of scientific talks alongside their expertise and experiences. Special Guests included Ch. Fawad Hussain, Federal Minister and Mushtaq Khan, Chairperson Senate Standing Committee. Prof. Andrea C. Ferrari (Univ of Cambridge,UK) delivered key-note address. The speakers included Prof. Yoshiteru Maeno (Kyoto Univ, Japan), Prof. Deji Akinwande (Univ of Taxes, USA), Prof. Michael Steiger (Univ of Hamburg, Germany), Prof. Ahmed Abdala (Texas A & M Univ, Qatar), Dr Shingo Yonezawa (Kyoto Univ, Japan), Prof. M. Sabeih Anwar(LUMS, Pakistan), Dr Carlo Saverio Iorio (Univ of Brussels, Belgium), Prof. Jason Robinson (Univ of Cambridge, UK), Dr Lucia Gemma Delagu (Univ of Padua, Italy), Dr Giorgia Longobardi (Cambridge GAN Devices Ltd, UK), Dr Saleem Ayaz (Czech Republic), Dr Ali Hussain (Germany), Dr Irtiza Hussain (Austria), Dr M. Rizwan Niazi (Canada), Dr Nasir Mahmood (Australia), Dr Tariq Masood (UK), Dr Yanping Ma (China), Dr Yarjan Abdul Samad (Cambridge University,UK) and Ms S. Afsheen Zahra (Pakistan). The High Commissioner thanked Prof. Andrea C. Ferrari , Dr Yarjan Abdul Samad, Dr Shahbaz and Dr Zafar Iqbal and the organising universities for putting together such a useful event. 23 July 2020

  Consulate General of Pakistan Barcelona, Spain

پاکستان کے لیے قطر ائیر لائنز کی چارٹر فلائیٹ 26جولائی کو جا رہی ہے۔

22 July 2020

https://www.facebook.com/pakconsulatebcn/videos/642960259639569/   Pakistan Embassy Seoul

Embassy of Pakistan held a video conference with Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) to discuss measures to improve trade between Pakistan and the Republic of Korea.

The two sides discussed the upcoming VirtualTrade Expo and measures in making the Expo a success. Commercial Counselor Imran Razzak gave a presentation on commercial and investment opportunities with South Korea and answered questions of the participants. Ambassador Mumtaz Zahra Baloch appreciated the efforts of the Chamber in promoting Pakistan’s exports and encouraged it to explore the Korean market. She assured them of continued support of the Embassy of Pakistan Seoul including in support for the Virtual Trade Expo. 21 July 2020
    Embassy of Pakistan, Berlin

Mr Carsten Hasbach, Senior Director Government Affairs, Siemens Energy called on Ambassador Dr. Mohammad Faisal on 21 July 2020. He was accompanied by Mr Axel Brugger, Head of Berlin Office Government Affairs, Siemens AG. They briefed the Ambassador about the developments in the field of Energy sector. They also discussed the new technologies being introduced in the field of Renewable Energy.

The Ambassador appreciated the work of Siemens. He also called for greater collaboration between Pakistan and Germany in the Energy Sector. 21 July 2020
    Pakistan Embassy Seoul

Ambassador Mumtaz Zahra Baloch held a video meeting with Korean Ambassador in Islamabad, Ambassador Kwak Sung-Kyu to consult on a range of bilateral issues of mutual interest. They also discussed the COVID-19 situation and issues pertaining to visas and travel. The two ambassadors were assisted by their respective teams. 20 July 2020
    Embassy of Pakistan Baku

Evacuation of Stranded Pakistanis in Azerbaijan through 3rd Special PIA flight scheduled on 20 July 2020
    Embassy of Pakistan, Berlin

The Embassy of Pakistan, Berlin organized the 89th Youm-e-Shuhada-e Jammu and Kashmir.The event was was attended by German intelligentsia, academics, media personalities and member of Pakistani and Kashmiri community. 17 July 2020
    Permanent Mission Of Pakistan To United Nations, Geneva

Addressing the UN Human Rights Council, Ambassador Khalil Hashmi, Pakistan Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva, stressed that Occupied Jammu&Kashmir represented a classic case where India, the world’s self-professed largest democracy, had defiantly violated long-standing principles of international law, norms and responsible state behavior, and where internet restrictions were being imposed to hide its human rights atrocities. https://www.facebook.com/PakistanUNmissionGeneva/videos/917184362025523/

Pakistan High Commission Colombo

High Commissioner of Pakistan meets the President of Sri Lanka Football Federation High Commissioner of Pakistan, Maj. Gen. (Retd) Muhammad Saad Khattak met with Mr. Anura De Silva, President of Sri Lanka Football Federation, at Independence Avenue Colombo, on 15th July 2020.

The High Commissioner, on behalf of the Government of Pakistan, gifted made in Pakistan football & sports kits to the President of Sri Lanka Football Federation. The President appreciated and thanked the Government and people of Pakistan for this kind gesture. During the meeting, the High Commissioner emphasized that Pakistan and Sri Lanka share strong bonds of friendship, love for sports is what joins the hearts of Sri Lankans & Pakistanis. He further said that Sri Lanka, like Pakistan, is a sports-loving country and the Sri Lankan school system is quite active in keeping the youth’s passion towards sports alive. He also emphasized on the need of enhancing sporting interactions between the two countries especially football to strengthen the already strong relations. *** Colombo 15th July, 2020
    Pakistan High Commission, London UK

International Parliamentary Conference on “Kashmir Martyrs’ Day” Speakers express solidarity with the Kashmiris, demand end to human rights abuses, concrete measures, call India to account

High Commissioner Zakaria emphasizes on delivery of justice to Kashmiri victims and punitive measures against perpetrators High Commissioner Mohammad Nafees Zakaria presided over an International Conference to mark the 89th “Kashmir Martyrs’ Day” on 13 July 2020. Kashmir Martyrs’ Day is commemorated on 13 July every year to pay tribute to the 22 Kashmiris who were martyred by Dogra forces in 1931 as they tried to complete the call for the Prayers, called Azaan, outside the Srinagar Central Jail. The virtual Conference was organised by Raja Najabat Hussain, Chairman Jammu and Kashmir Self-Determination Movement International (JKSDMI). Prime Minister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Raja Farooq Haider Khan was the key-note speaker. British Parliamentarians, former British MEPs, Pakistani Parliamentarians, Kashmiri Parliamentarians, Councillors, representatives of civil society, Kashmiri activist women and youth attended the Conference. In his opening remarks, the High Commissioner paid homage to the Kashmiri Martyrs of 1931 and reminded the participants that the inhuman treatment of the Kashmiri people continues unabatedly till today—all in the knowledge of the civilised world and defenders of human rights. He said India blatantly violates all the conventions and international laws on human rights with impunity, defies UN Charter and UNSC Resolutions on Kashmir. He emphasised that international community needed to take practical measures to deliver justice to the helpless Kashmiris and call the perpetrators to account. Zakaria mentioned that India has been systematically changing the demography through perpetual genocide. After enforcing illegal J&K Reorganisation Order 2020 followed by domicile issuance procedures it has sped up the demographic change in contravention of UNSC Resolutions on Kashmir to convert Kashmiris into a minority from majority in their own land. Recalling remembrance of genocide of Bosnian Muslims in Srebrenica, observed on 11 July, the High Commissioner said that 14 years down the line, 2700 mass graves were discovered in Kashmir, with 3000 bodies of indigenous Kashmiris, killed by Indian occupation forces in fake encounters. In this regard he referred to International People’s Tribunal report entitled: Buried Evidence. Mass Blinding, Mass Rapes, numerous Massacres since 1989, Genocide of 1947, Custodial & Extra-Judicial Killings and Torture have all been comprehensively documented by the international bodies such as the UN, Amnesty International, etc. These documentary evidences were enough for the international community to take action against the perpetrators. In his keynote address, Prime Minister AJ&K, Raja Farooq Haider Khan, gave background of the Kashmir Martyrs’ Day. He called upon the Western democracies to play their role in stopping the gross human rights violations of the Kashmiris by Indian occupation forces. He said Britain is a second home to Kashmiris as about one million people of Kashmiri origin live in the UK and by virtue of that relation the UK Government should play a lead role in resolving the dispute. The Prime Minister also urged that commercial interests should not be pursued at the cost of human rights by Western countries. The speakers raised serious concerns over ongoing humanitarian crisis in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) and expressed complete solidarity with the oppressed Kashmiris in their struggle for self-determination. A large number of women speakers particularly highlighted how Indian occupation forces were using ape as a weapon of war to deter the local population from pursuing their just struggle for self-determination. Mass rape of Kunan Poshpora and other systematic rapes of the Kashmiri women committed by Indian occupation forces were condemned throughout the Conference and justice was demanded for the victims. The speakers dispelled the notion that Kashmir issue could be resolved bilaterally. They said international community should play its role to end human sufferings in IOK by resolving the dispute according to the UNSC resolutions. Urging the delivery of justice to the Kashmiris and accountability of the perpetrators, the speakers expressed serious concerns over communication and media blackout in Indian Occupied Kashmir. The participants called upon the international community to stop the sale of weapons to India as it mercilessly blinded Kashmiri youth with pellet guns—a crime against humanity. The speakers suggested that during the upcoming EU-India summit on 15 July 2020, EU should strongly take up the issue of human rights abuses by the Indian forces in IOK. They also called for linking human rights violations in IOK to trade and economic relations with India. The speakers particularly condemned the newly promulgated Domicile Law in IOK and warned about the consequences of any forced demographic change in the occupied territory. They said it is illegal for the Indian Government to grant Kashmiri domicile to any non-Kashmiri individual. Speakers saw UK’s new sanctions regime relevant in the context of India’s grave human rights violations. In addition to the Prime Minister of AJ&K, Debbie Abrahams MP- Chairperson APPG on Kashmir, Barrister MP Imran Hussain-Senior Vice Chair APPG on Kashmir, Lord Qurban Hussain Secretary Kashmir Group, Andrew Gwynne MP Chairman Labour Friends of Kashmir, Alex Sobel MP, Alison Thewliss MP, Nadia Whitome MP, Shadow Secretary Thangam Debbonaire MP, Sarah Owen MP, Christian Wakeford MP, Tracy Brabin MP, Sara Britcliffe MP, former Members of European Parliament Anthea Mc Intyre & Julie Ward, Mushaal Hussein Mullick wife of Hurriyat Leader Yasin Malik who is incarcerating in notorious Tihar Jail, Senator Nuzhat Sadiq, Senator Seemi Ezdi Secretary General of PTI women’s Wing, Shaista Pervez MNA, Shaza Fatima Khawaja MNA, Noreen Farooq Ibrahim MNA, Asia Khattak MPA, Shamim Aftab MPA, Hinna Parvez Butt MPA, Sehrish Qamer MLA Chairperson JKSDMI Azad Kashmir, Cllr Yasmine Dar Member National Executive Committee of Labour Party, Cllr Uzma Rasool London, Cllr Sumara Khurshid Luton, Cllr Naweeda Khan, Cllr Qaisar Abass, Sumaira Farrukh Chairperson BTM Global, Shaista Safi Youth Leader for Kashmir International, Riffat Wani Human Rights Activist from Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, Rahat Farooq Advocate Joint Secretary Supreme Court Bar Association of Azad Kashmir, Umbreen Turk Information Secretary PTI Azad Kashmir, Ms Mehr Ul Nisa Former Deputy Speaker of Azad Kashmir Assembly, Ms Naila Altaf Kiayni Muslim Conference, Nabeela Arshad Advocate Chairperson Jammu Kashmir Democratic Party, Kashmiri activists Asia Hussain, Arif Khan, Ali Raza Syed, Raja Sikander Khan, Mahmood Riaz, Naeem Naqashbandi, and Ubaid Ur Rehman Qureshi President Pakistan Youth Parliament participated in the Conference. President AJ&K, Sardar Masood Khan and Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir, Shehryar Afridi sent their messages for the Conference. The Conference lasted for three hours in which more than three dozen speakers expressed their views on humanitarian crisis in Kashmir. 14 July 2020

Consulate General of Pakistan Jeddah

قونصلیٹ جنرل آف پاکستان، جدہ کشمیر کمیٹی جدہ 13 جولائی کو یوم الشہداء کشمیر کے طور پر مناتی ہے پریس ریلیز 14جولائی 2020

کشمیر کمیٹی جدہ کے زیر اہتمام یوم شھداء کشمیر عقیدت سے منایا گیا۔ اس سلسلے میں مقامی ہوٹل میں ایک اجلاس منعقد کیا گیا۔ اس موقع پر قونصل جنرل خالد مجید اور اسلامی تعاون تنظیم میں پاکستان کے مستقل نمائندے رضوان سعید شیخ مہمان خصوصی تھے۔ کشمیر کمیٹی کے تمام ممبران اورکمیونٹی کے نمائندے بھی موجود تھے۔ قونصل جنرل خالد مجید نے کہا کہ کشمیر کمیٹی جدہ ایک سرگرم اور فعال کمیٹی ہے اور انہوں نے مسئلہ کشمیر کے لئے آواز اٹھانے میں فعال کردار ادا کیا ہے۔ آج کی تقریب کا مقصد نوجوان نسل کو 13 جولائی کو 22 کشمیری نوجوانوں شہادت اور انکی کی جدوجہد سے آگاہ کرنا ھے، جو کشمیر کی تاریخ میں امر ہوگئے ہیں۔ ھماری ذمہ داری ھے کہ اس شمع حریت کو بجھنے نہ دیں۔ انہوں نے کشمیر کے موجودہ حالات پر تبصرہ کرتے ہوئے کہا کہ بھارتی یونین سے کشمیر کا الحاق اقوام متحدہ کی سیکورٹی کونسل کی قراردادوں اور بین الاقوامی قوانین کی سراسر خلاف ورزی ہے۔ قونصل جنرل نے مظلوم کشمیریوں کے حق خود ارادیت کے حق کی جائز جدوجہد میں حکومت پاکستان کی مسلسل سیاسی ، سفارتی اور اخلاقی مدد کا اعادہ کیا ، جس کا وعدہ ان سے اقوام متحدہ کی متعدد قراردادوں کے ذریعے عالمی برادری نے کیا ہے۔ انھوں نے بتایا کہ اگست میں کشمیر کے لاک ڈاون کو ایک سال پورا ھو جائے گا۔ اس موقع پر جناب رضوان سعید شیخ نے خطاب کرتے ہوئے کہا کہ اگرچہ کشمیریوں کو طویل عرصے سے ہندوستانی حکومت کے ہاتھوں ظلم کا سامنا کرنا پڑ رہا ہے ، لیکن مودی سرکار نے مقبوضہ جموں و کشمیر کی خصوصی حیثیت ختم کرکے اس صورتحال کو مزید بڑھاوا دیا ہے۔ انہوں نے ہندوستان سے مطالبہ کیا کہ وہ کشمیر میں ناجائز ، منظم اور ریاستی سرپرستی میں انسانی حقوق کی پامالیوں کو فوری طور پر بند کرے اور بین الاقوامی انسانی حقوق اور انسانی حقوق کی تنظیموں کو مقبوضہ ریاست میں بلا روک ٹوک رسائی کی اجازت دے۔ انھوں نے کہا کہ آج کے دن ہم مطالبہ کرتے ہیں کہ تمام گرفتار شدہ افراد کو رہا کیا جائے اور لاک ڈاون کو فی الفور ختم کیا جائے۔ چیئرمین کشمیر کمیٹی مسعود پوری نے اس دن کی تاریخی اہمیت بتاتے ہوئے بتایا کہ 13 جولائی 1931 کو سری نگر میں ، کشمیر کی ڈوگرہ حکومت نے 22 کشمیریوں کا قتل عام کیا تھا ، جو اپنے منصفانہ مقصد کے لئے آواز بلند کررہے تھے۔ انہوں نے بتایا کہ اس واقعے سے جدید دور کی کشمیر آزادی کی جدوجہد کا آغاز ہوا، جو ابھی تک ، سیاسی جدوجہد سمیت مختلف مراحل سے گزر رہا ہے۔ اس موقع پر کشمیر کمیٹی کے دیگر ممبران نے بھی خطاب کیا اور بتایا کہ ڈوگرہ راج میں مسلمانوں پر مذہبی پابندیاں لگائی گئیں۔ انھوں نے آزادی کشمیر کے شہیدوں کو خراج عقیدت پیش کیا۔

13 July 2020

    Embassy of Pakistan, Riyadh

یوم شہداء کشمیر : 13 جولائی 1931 یوم شہداء کشمیر سانحے کے شہیدوں کی قربانی کو خراجِ تحسین پیش کرنے کے حوالے سے سفارتخانہ پاکستان نے آن لائن تقریب کا اہتمام کیا جس میں سفیر پاکستان راجہ علی اعجاز اور مختلف مکتبئہ فکر کے نمائندوں سمیت صحافیوں نے شرکت کی۔

سفیر پاکستان کا زوم کانفرنس سے خطاب کرتے ہوئے کہنا تھا کہ 13 جولائ 1931 بڑی اہمیت کا حامل اور تاریخی دن ہے۔ اس دن سنٹرل جیل سرینگر میں ایک مقدمے کی سماعت کے دوران جب نماز کا وقفہ ہوا تو آذان دینے والے نوجوان عبدالقدیر خان کو بے دردی سے شہید کی