Flag Hoisting Ceremony-2016

[textblock style=”1″]The people of Pakistan are its biggest and the most valuable asset and it is because of their resilience that despite immense difficulties the country is on its way to peace, prosperity, economic development and a strong hope of bright future[/textblock]

The Ambassador of Pakistan to France Mr. Moin ul Haque has said that people of Pakistan are its biggest and the most valuable asset and it is because of their resilience that despite immense difficulties the country is on its way to peace, prosperity, economic development and a strong hope of bright future. He was addressing the flag hoisting ceremony of 69th Independence Day of Pakistan in the Embassy of Pakistan here this morning. Explaining various steps the government was taking to strengthen the economy, he said that by providing necessary infrastructure including number of energy projects in order to enable industry to move ahead, the government was making its best efforts to secure bright future for its coming generations. He particularly mentioned CPEC which, he said had all the potential of being a game changer not only for Pakistan but for the whole region by opening immense opportunities for enhanced economic activity.

He said that terrorism in Pakistan was being fast driven to its final destiny and now it is only a matter of time that the country will be back to normalcy, free of this menace. He said that decisive response of our people and security agencies has eliminated the safe havens for terrorists and their facilitators. He further said that incidents like Quetta are desperate and cowardly acts of the retreating enemy. He thanked French President for expressing solidarity on behalf of French people with the victims of Quetta blast and condemning this act of terrorism. The Ambassador expressed that it was an evidence that the world had realized that Pakistan itself was a victim of terrorism and that a unified response was needed to eliminate it.

He said that the government of Pakistan recognizes the role and importance of overseas Pakistanis in the uplift of economy and movement towards development of the country and that it gives top priority to addressing their problems. The Mission aims to look after them in every possible way, he said. He announced to grant Jinnah Scholarship in studies for outstanding young Pakistanis living in France.

Earlier, he hoisted the National Flag as National Anthem was played. The messages of the President and the Prime Minister issued for the occasion were read out. Apart from large number of Pakistanis living in Paris, their families and children and women, Member Punjab Provincial Assembly, Mr. Amir Mohammad Khan also attended the ceremony. A group of children presented “jeeway jeeway Pakistan” ‘milli naghma’. The officers and staff of the Mission and their families were also present. A reception was also hosted by the Mission for attending guests.  

Presentation of Credentials by H.E. Mr. Moin-ul-Haque at UNESCO


Pakistan Places great emphasis on the cause of Education at National level

The Ambassador of Pakistan to UNESCO Mr. Moin ul Haque has said that Pakistan places great emphasis on the cause of Education at national level. He said this while presenting his credentials to Ms. Irina Bokova, Director General UNESCO as Permanent Delegate/Ambassador of Pakistan to the prestigious UN organization here this morning. ADG UNESCO Mr. Eric Falt and Deputy Permanent Delegate of Pakistan to UNESCO Mr. Sajid Baloch were also present.

Our Constitutional provision, 25-A, had established Education 'a Fundamental Right' for 
all children till the age of 16 years.

The Ambassador told the DG that Pakistan had included Constitutional provision 25-A to make Education a Fundamental Right till the age of 16 years. Our parliament has passed “The Right to Free and Compulsory Education Act 2012”, he said. He thanked the DG for raising the cause of Education, especially girl’s right to Education and Malala Fund at various global fora. He informed the DG that Pakistan has the honor of being the present Chair of E-9 member states, which comprise over half the world’s population. The Permanent Delegate/Ambassador appreciated the close working relationship between Pakistan and UNESCO and the personal commitment of Director General, UNESCO, which had been mutually beneficial. The Ambassador informed that Pakistan had always pro-actively supported UNESCO, including the discussions in Executive Board meetings, and that it will continue to do so.

“We believe that continued interventions in these sectors will bring nations together and eventually improve the lives of the common people”

The Ambassador further said that Pakistan acknowledged and strongly supported the key role played by UNESCO in the most important sectors of education, culture and science. “We believe that continued interventions in these sectors will bring nations together and eventually improve the lives of the common people”, he said. The Ambassador informed that Pakistan was making best efforts for bringing solid and positive results in UNECSO’s areas of competence including Culture, Science & Technology, and Information & Communication. However, there were some issues of capacity and resource constraints, he said. He said that Pakistan welcomed collaboration in areas like Science, ICT etc. The Ambassador assured that Pakistan will extend full help and co-operation to UNESCO in implementation of its plans and policies. The Ambassador informed that the vibrant and rich cultural heritage of Pakistan was an asset that we intended to preserve for our coming generations.

The Director General UNESCO appreciated the positive role played by Pakistan in UNESCO, and observed that Pakistan is one of the most active countries who participate meaningfully as the elected member of Executive Board, in all important committees and bodies of UNESCO. She expressed her pleasure over the civil award given to her by Government of Pakistan, and her fruitful visit to Pakistan.

The Director General UNESCO appreciated the active contribution of Pakistan especially its Permanent Delegation, as a member of SDG Education Steering Committee and Chair of E-9 Initiative, in the drafting and finalization of the Education Agenda 2030 Framework for Action, as well as targets and indicators. She also supported the valid ambitions and aspirations of Pakistan and other E-9 countries. The DG informed that UNESCO hopes that more donors will come forward to support the initiative of Malala Fund for Girls Education in the near future. The Director General also invited Pakistan to explore and share the areas of further co-operation at country level, including science and culture.

The Director General encouraged Pakistan to consider ratifying the “Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions 2005”. She stated that Pakistan has rich culture and a variety of cultural crafts as well as cultural industry.

Pakistan became a member of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 14th September 1949. Pakistan was elected to the prestigious UNESCO Executive Board in November 2015.

 

Delegation of NDU Visits Paris

A delegation of National Security War course from National Defence University, Islamabad, a premier institution entrusted with the responsibility of training the future Military and Bureaucratic leadership of Pakistan visited the Embassy on 02 May 2016.

Commodore Babar Bilal Haider, Senior Directing Staff Chief of National Defence University, Islamabad along with other members of the delegation made a call on to the Ambassador H.E. Mr. Ghalib Iqbal, Ambassador of Pakistan to France and Monaco and Permanent Delegate of Pakistan to UNESCO for a detailed interactive briefing on Pakistan-France Relationships. The participants asked questions and showed keen interest in the briefing.

The delegation will visit several French Government policy institute, Ministries and interact with French Think tanks a part of their study tour abroad.

 

Delegation of National School of Public Policy visits Paris

 

A delegation of National School of Public Policy, a premier institution entrusted with the responsibility of training the bureaucrats of Pakistan visited the Embassy on 16 May 2016.

Mr. Shafiq Hussain Bokhari, Chief Instructor of National School of Public Policy along with other members of the delegation made a call on to the Ambassador H.E. Mr. Ghalib Iqbal, Ambassador of Pakistan to France and Monaco and Permanent Delegate of Pakistan to UNESCO for a detailed interactive briefing on Pakistan-France Relationship. The participants asked questions and showed keen interest in the briefing.

Later in the evening, a dinner was hosted by the Ambassador at Embassy Residence in the honor of visiting delegation of National School of Public Policy.

The delegation during their stay in Paris will visit several French Government institutions and interact with think tanks including Ministry of Foreign Affairs,Finance , Economy and Trade, National Assembly and French School of Administration as a part of their study tour abroad.

Pakistan Navy Ship arrives in French Island – La Reunion

La Reunion, France, March 19, 2016: Governor (préfecture) of the French Island De La Réunion while meeting with Pakistan Navy officers stated that France and Pakistan enjoy very friendly and cordial relations and visit by Pakistan Navy Warship PNS ASLAT would further strengthen that. He briefed the officers about the diverse nature of communities living in the island and the state of harmony existing between them.

  Pakistan Navy’s warship ASLAT entered de La Réunion Saturday on a three days visit. The officers of Pakistan Navy on-board the ship will hold discussions and will interact with high ranking officials of French Navy, civilian officials and political leaders of the on the subjects of mutual interest. The ship would carry out exercises with French Navy at the end of the visit.

Fahim Hamid Ali’s paintings at exhibition in Paris

[quote style=”1″]Pakistani Artists living abroad has a unique angle and approach towards Arts [/quote]

Embassy of Pakistan, Paris arranged an exhibition of renowned Canadian-Pakistani artist Fahim Hamid Ali here this evening. Speaking on the occasion, the Ambassador of Pakistan to France H.E Mr. Ghalib Iqbal said that he had observed as a Diplomat working in different countries that Pakistani artists living abroad had a unique angle and approach towards arts. He paid glowing tributes to the canvas and variety of the subjects that the artist had dealt with. He said that where-ever Faheem’s art goes, the name of Pakistan travels with him. Mr. Fahim himself spoke about his inspirations, his journey towards perfection, the subjects he dealt with and his future plans. The Ambassador of Sri Lanka in France H.E. MR. Tilak Ranaviraja, who himself is a painter, attended the exhibition as special guest. He also spoke on the occasion. He appreciated the work of the artist and felicitated the embassy of Pakistan in Paris for holding this exhibition.

Mr. Fahim Hamid Ali emerged on the art scene about two decades ago when he started his first exhibitions.  Gradually, he expanded the horizons of his work concentrating on images from his culture and roots. He does not limit his expressions to calligraphy alone. He paints landscapes, still life and Mughal miniature. Despite working in various directions, the work remains that of Ali. His signature is obvious through his corded lines. He creates stain glass painting effects on canvas with his thick lines.

Soon Ali earned a name in stain glass painting. Ali remains busy painting, decorating homes and holding exhibitions around the world. His successful exhibition at the Lionel Gallery in June 1996 was talk of the town for some time. He met another success when he exhibited his figurative works and Islamic calligraphy in mixed media at Singapore in 1998.

In Canada, he held his first solo exhibition showcasing floral designs, landscapes and calligraphy in mixed media at a private residence in March 1999. Now Ali is a known name in the art circles of Toronto. He is specially asked by the art galleries there to lend his works for display and sales. The Pakistan Canada Association asks him to participate in its multicultural festivals.

Ali is a profound believer in communication. For the purpose, he has chosen an international language of form, colour and line. He generally works in mixed media on paper and canvas. He also is at ease with the wash painting technique where he works with liquid oil paints flowing like water. He seldom uses a brush; instead, he uses his finger to paint. He does not confine himself to a specific technique. He works with freedom of thought, and medium. That gives him an opportunity to also use defined strokes and accidental textures in his work. A play with colour makes the end result a visual pleasure.

In the last five years, Ali has been experimenting at various levels. He created pottery as a base for his script. His hand-painted pots made headlines in the country’s news. Then as an experiment he wrote Arabic in vertical lines. Throughout his career as an artist, he has been traveling around the world. Wild life is another filed where he excels. With love of nature, innate in character, he has a mastery over presentation of wild life in impressionistic technique. Over the years, Ali has also done thematic paintings. He has also painted on the French Revolution and Sultan, a historical hero of the sub-continent. The best thing about Ali’s work is that he is always experimenting with something new. Ali’s interior designing is unique, as he likes to create harmony through new ideas. He believes in breathing life into every comer of the house he is working on.

Large number of French art lovers, diplomats, intellectuals, public figures and journalists witnessed the exhibition and appreciated his work.

Pakistan-France Bilateral Political Consultations

Paris, May 03, 2016: The 12th round of Pakistan-France bilateral political consultations at the Foreign Secretary level was held here yesterday. The Foreign Secretary Mr. Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry led the Pakistan delegation while the French side was led by Mr. Christian Masset, Secretary General of Foreign Affairs.

A wide range of bilateral and multilateral issues were discussed during the meeting. The Foreign Secretary gave an overview of Pakistan’s internal situation including notable achievements by the Government to improve law and order, stabilize the economy and overcome the energy crisis. He briefed his French counterpart on  significant role played by Operation Zarb-e-Azb in achieving success in the fight against terrorism and wide ranging National Action Plan to address the root causes of terrorism in the country.

Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry also briefed the French side on Pakistan’s foreign policy priorities, particularly efforts to facilitate an intra-Afghan process of political reconciliation. France appreciated Pakistan’s positive role in peace efforts in Afghanistan. Both sides acknowledged the need to work together to address the continuing threat of terrorism and radicalization, which had affected both Pakistan and France. The Foreign Secretary emphasized that closer cooperation was required between all countries on the issue of terrorism, since it is a global problem. Recent developments in the region were also discussed. The French side highlighted the challenges confronting France and the European Union.

Both sides agreed to work actively to enhance the existing level of bilateral trade of US$ 1.5 billion per annum, which was not commensurate with the size of the two economies. The positive role played by the European Union’s GSP Plus facility in promoting trade links was also noted. The two countries would encourage their respective private sectors to take advantage of the investment opportunities on offer in both countries. During the talks, both countries also held extensive discussions to strengthen bilateral cooperation in higher education, cultural exchanges, science and technology and defense and security.

It was decided to hold the next round of bilateral political consultations in Islamabad next year.

Besides the consultations, the Foreign Secretary also held meetings with Mr. Jacques Audibert, Diplomatic Adviser to the French President and Mr. Louis Gaultier, French Secretary General for Defense and National Security.

Pakistan Day-2016

[quote style=”1″ author=”H.E. Mr. Ghalib Iqbal”]The volume of trade between Pakistan and France has increased by 13% in the last one year[/quote]

The Ambassador of Pakistan to France, Mr. Ghalib Iqbal has asked Pakistani Community in France to invest liberally in their home country by taking advantage of opportunities offered by the Government of Pakistan as well as European Union. He was addressing the flag hoisting ceremony on the occasion of Independence Day of Pakistan here this morning. He said that due to the improvement of bilateral investment and trade environment, the efforts of the Mission and participation of Pakistani Community in France, the volume of trade between Pakistan and France has increased by 13% in the last one year. A Special guest Raja Shaukat Aziz Bhatti, Member of Punjab Provincial Assembly also spoke on the occasion.

[textblock style=”1″]People of Pakistan have become a symbol of resistance against terrorism by virtue of their bravery, persistence and resilience which they exhibited during years of their struggle. [/textblock]

Speaking about Pakistan’s war on terror the Ambassador said that people of Pakistan have become a symbol of resistance against terrorism by virtue of their bravery, persistence and resilience which they exhibited during years of their struggle. He asked Pakistani Community to become part of mainstream life of their host country so that they could put themselves in a vantage position to represent Pakistan in a meaningful way. He appreciated the community for their cooperation with the Mission in all circumstances and assured that the Mission will stand by them in any difficulty.

[quote style=”1″]Foreign Remittances sent home by Pakistani expatriates have been providing much needed relief to the Country[/quote]

Raja Shaukat Aziz Bhatti, MPA Punjab Assembly said in his speech that Foreign Remittances sent home by Pakistani expatriates have been providing much needed relief to the foreign exchange reserves at home. At many difficult moments in our economic history, these remittances have played the role of oxygen to the country, therefore the Government places them at very high place and feels itself committed to solve their problems on top priority. He said that the present Government was giving high priority to protect the rights of women and giving them equal opportunities in all walks of life. He further said that the Government was going all out for the completion of CPEC, which is the future of Pakistan and will prove to be a game changer for the whole region.

Earlier, the Ambassador hoisted the National Flag while National Anthem was played. Mr. Ammar Amin, Head of Chancellery read out the messages of the President and the Prime Minister of Pakistan for the people of Pakistan issued on this occasion.

The members of Pakistani Community in large numbers and the officers and the staff of the embassy attended the ceremony.

On this occasion, a nine member delegation of disabled persons from Pakistan arrived in Paris and participated in the ceremony. This delegation is in France to attend a four yearly skill competition held in French city of Bordeaux. The delegation met the ambassador and the members of the community.

Members of Disabled Team Group Photo with the Ambassador

Members of Disabled Team Group Photo with the Ambassador

Later in the evening, the Ambassador host a reception for diplomatic community. Senator Pascal Allizard, chairman Pak-France Friendship Group in French Senate was the Chief Guest, who cut the cake along with the Ambassador to mark the occasion. Apart from him, Senators Cyril Pellevat and Jacky Deromedi, the members of Pak-France Friendship Group in French Senate also attended the reception and cake cutting ceremony. The

reception was also attended by Diplomats, Intellectuals, Researchers, Members of French Media, Scholars and Others, apart from Pakistani Origin French Nationals.

Pakistan Condemns Terrorist Attacks in Brussels

[info]Copy of Original Press Release which can be located at http://mofa.gov.pk/pr-details.php?mm=MzU3Mg,, [/info]

We are deeply saddened to learn about the bomb explosions in Brussels at Zaventem Airport and Maalbeek Metro Station, which have caused loss of precious lives and injured scores of people. Pakistan sympathizes and offers its condolences to the bereaved families and the Belgian Government and prays for the speedy recovery of those injured in the terrorist attack.

Pakistan condemns this terrorist act in the strongest terms and expresses solidarity with the Government and the people of Belgium. Pakistan reiterates its condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestation.

Islamabad
22 March 2016

 

‘Christmas Gala’ and Launch of Churches of Pakistan

 

[quote style=”1″] Holding of this Christmas Dinner is not only a gesture of solidarity with our French friends, but also with Pakistani Christians living in France.[/quote]

A grand Christmas Gala and book launching was held by the Embassy here this evening. It was first ever Christmas related event that was held by the Embassy of Pakistan here in Paris. Senator Jean-Claude Boulard was the Chief Guest of the event. Speaking on the occasion, the ambassador of Pakistan in France Mr. Ghalib Iqbal said that holding of this Christmas Dinner is not only a gesture of solidarity with our French friends, but also with Pakistani Christians living in France.

[notice]Minorities are free to go to their mosques or temples. Religion of a citizen has nothing to do with the affairs of the state. [/notice]

During his speech the ambassador highlighted the basic principles of the rights given to Pakistani minorities by its constitution. He quoted from Quaid e Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah who unequivocally declared that minorities are free to go to their mosques or temples. Religion of a citizen has nothing to do with the affairs of the state. He said that by holding this event we are sending a message across that we share the moments of joy and festivity with our Christian brethren. He said that Pakistan has been fighting terrorism and extremism with all its commitment and might. He reminded that Pakistan has lost thousands of lives and has suffered losses of billions to its economy in this war.

On this occasion, at ambassador’s announcement, one-minute silence was observed to express solidarity with the victims of recent terror attacks in Paris.

The leaders of Pakistani Christians community in France also spoke on the occasion. They appreciated and expressed their gratitude of the embassy for holding this event. Variety of Pakistani foods was served to the guests. National anthems of Pakistan and France were played. Christmas songs were presented by the children, women and elders together. Senator Jean-Claude Boulard also spoke on the occasion. He appreciated the holding of this dinner. He acknowledged the sacrifices of Pakistan in eliminating terrorism and extremism. He also spoke about strong bilateral relations between France and Pakistan and expressed his confidence that they will continue to grow further in coming days.

[notice]This beautiful book containing the photographs of some majestic and historic churches of Pakistan is our gift to the whole Christian World. [/notice]

Later, the French version of “Churches of Pakistan”, a book about the churches of Pakistan was launched. Originally, this book was published in English. Senator Jean-Claude Boulard, Ambassador Ghalib Iqbal, Bishop Cardinal Pascal Gallnisch and Francois Piccard of France 24 TV cut the inaugural tape. The ambassador said that this beautiful book containing the photographs of some majestic and historic churches of Pakistan is our gift to the whole Christian World. The Senator and other guests were over-joyed by the presentation of the book. The event was largely attended by members of Christian community living in France, notables from various walks of French life, media and officers and staff of the embassy.    ​