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“Community Seniors are a valuable resource and due to their efforts, Pakistani-Canadians are perceived as valuable members of the Canadian Society”, said High Commissioner Raza Bashir Tarar in a meeting with the senior’s delegation of Pak Pioneers Community Organization of Canada (PPCOC) here today.

The High Commissioner called upon the Pakistani Canadians to remain positively engaged with different facets of the Canadian society and create synergy among the community organizations to address serious issues facing the Community.

He briefed the delegation on the status of bilateral relations between Pakistan-Canada. He said that the volume of our bilateral trade in goods alone has doubled in the last few years from C$ 703.7 million in 2014 to around C$ 1.4 billion more recently. However, there exists huge potential for qualitative and quantitative improvements, he added.

The High Commissioner informed the seniors that the High Commission is working with the Canadian Government to remove hurdles in visa issuance to Pakistani international students and businessmen.

The High Commissioner further said that the Prime Minister, Imran Khan and Foreign Minister, Shah Mahmood Qureshi consider overseas Pakistanis as a national asset and it is our priority to facilitate them in getting their problems resolved. He added that for that purpose the High Commission and the three Consulates of Pakistan in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver stand ready to serve Pakistani community in Canada.

Dr. Masoom Shah, President of the PPCOC briefed the High Commissioner on their programs for community development, inclusiveness and prevention of isolation among seniors.

June 20, 2019

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