Embassy of Pakistan
Kashmir Black Day observed in France
Paris; October 27, 2020: A special event was organized at the Embassy here today to observe the Kashmir Black Day. Members of French civil society and media as well as Pakistani community in Paris attended the event.
Charge d’Affaires, a.i. Mr. M. Amjad Aziz Qazi highlighted the significance of this day noting that 73 years ago Indian security forces landed in Srinagar to illegally occupy the territory and subjugate the people of Jammu and Kashmir in clear violation of international law and humanitarian norms. International media and human rights organizations continue to document the gross human rights violations committed by India in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
Mr. Qazi especially highlighted the illegal actions of Indian government taken on August 5, 2019, under which the special status of Jammu and Kashmir was revoked. He also said that illegal and unilateral Indian actions are in violation of international law and relevant UN Security Council resolutions.
He also stressed that Pakistan will continue to support the Kashmiris in their just struggle and legitimate right to self-determination, in accordance with international law, UN Charter and relevant UN Security Council resolutions.
At the same time, a Photographic Exhibition was also held, in which photographs showing the plight of Kashmiris who are under Indian military siege were put on display. Photographs of a French journalist, Ms. Benedicte Van der Maar were also exhibited. Her photographs were taken last year during a visit to Azad Jammu and Kashmir. The photographs depicted the destruction and injuries suffered by civilians because of Indian shelling and ceasefire violations across the Line of Control.
Embassy of Pakistan
Pakistan welcomes French investment, technology & expertise in agriculture sector: Syed Fakhar Imam
Paris; October 9, 2020: Pakistan has huge potential in the field of agriculture and agri-products and the country welcomes French investment, technology and expertise, in a mutually beneficial way. This was stated by Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research, Syed Fakhar Imam in a webinar on the agriculture sector of Pakistan in which 25 French companies participated. The webinar was organized by the largest business federation of France, MEDEF in cooperation with the Embassy of Pakistan, Paris.
He said agriculture is the backbone of Pakistan’s economy as it not only provides food security to the people but also employment opportunities to a large percentage of population. In addition to modernizing agriculture we also want to develop related sectors like fisheries, livestock, processing of fruits, meat production and dairy as well as organic farming, he added.
In his introductory remarks, Mr. Thierry Pfilmlin President Total Global Services, who is also President Pakistan-France Business Council, introduced MEDEF, as the largest employer federation in France which was established in 1998. It has more than 750,000 member firms, 90% of them being small and medium enterprises with fewer than 50 employees. Every year, MEDEF International organises a number of delegations of French business leaders with tangible projects to targeted countries, especially developing countries.
Mr. Muhammad Amjad Aziz Qazi, Charge d’Affaires a.i. Embassy of Pakistan Paris, praised the long-standing cooperation with MEDEF, adding there is huge potential in the agriculture sector to enhance mutual cooperation between the two countries. Agriculture is the mainstay of Pakistan’s economy and an important sector in French economy, he said, and Pakistan can benefit from French best practices in this sector.
Representative of French Ministry of Agriculture and Food, Mr. Sylvian Maestracci said that France is the world’s seventh largest agricultural producer, fourth largest agricultural exporter and EU’s leading agricultural power, accounting for about one-third of all agricultural land within the EU. More than half of French farms are primarily devoted to animal production, which account for 43% of France’s total agricultural produce equaling 25.7 billion Euros.
The participating French companies expressed keen interest in Pakistan‘s agricultural sector and sought information on various sub-sectors including dairy, animal husbandry, seed production, organic farming and forestation in which they could cooperate with Pakistan.
BIE trainers impart 2-day training to TDAP officials
Paris; September 29, 2020: The Bureau of International Exhibitions (BIE) started a two-day online interactive training of officials of Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) covering all facets of BIE, preparing Pakistani officials to participate in the international expos including next year’s Dubai Expo in the most useful way.
In his opening remarks Mr. Dmitri S. Kerkentzes, Secretary General of the organization said BIE is an intergovernmental organization of 169 states which was created through a Convention relating to international exhibitions signed in Paris in November 1928. It arranges international expos and specialized expos all over the world.
He informed that this is the first capacity building program that BIE has designed for its member states. It took more than a year in designing the course and Pakistan is the first country to benefit from the newly designed modules, he informed.
Mr. Kerkentzes briefed the participants about BIE and outlined the theme of the training. He said that Expos are unique global events, which are among world’s largest gatherings, bringing together governments, businesses, international organizations, civil society, and the general public. Addressing themes of global concern, Expos maintain a high profile and credibility among international events.
Secretary TDAP Mr. Ahsan Ali Mangi said that TDAP’s role is to promote trade in Pakistan and assist local businesses in accessing international markets. He said the exchange of ideas and experiences would immensely help the country and its traders and manufactures to learn from international best practices.
Expressing his views in the inaugural session, Charge d’Affaires a.i. Mr. M. Amjad Aziz Qazi thanked BIE for arranging this training. We have always participated in BIE activities and played an important role in its various initiatives, he said.
Mr. Qazi said that with this training program a step has been taken towards cementing our already friendly ties and expressed the confidence that this will equip TDAP and its officers for effective participation in international Expos and Specialized World Expos. It will also help them organize their own events in a more professional manner, he added.
Pakistan has been an active member of BIE since becoming a member in 2007. Dr. Moin Wani, Commercial Counsellor of Pakistan Embassy in France is currently chairing the Rules Committee, which is one of the four committees of BIE. Prior to that he was heading BIE’s Information Committee.
Initially the BIE team had planned to go to Pakistan for this training but due to Covid-19 restrictions, it is now being conducted online, which has been divided into five segments relating to country branding, multilateral public diplomacy opportunities, participation procedure, developing a brand statement, impact evaluation of participation and Customs/Logistics, in addition to several others.
2 Documentaries on mountaineering in Pakistan screened at a film festival in Paris
Paris; September 25, 2020: Two documentaries based on the expeditions of mountaineers and paragliders from France and Poland to the high mountainous areas of Pakistan were screened at a film festival in Paris, France on September 23-24.
The summer edition of the festival was held at Grand Rex cinema in Paris. Some of the mountain climbers and paragliders who went to Pakistan for their expeditions were also present on the occasion. The Embassy of Pakistan was represented by Charge d’Affaires a.i., Defence Attaché, Press Counsellor and Head of Chancery.
Lost in Karakoram, a 30-minute documentary regarding paragliding in Pakistan’s Karakoram Range. Directed by Damien Lacaze, Antoine Girard and Jeremie Chenal, the documentary regarded this area as one of the most beautiful mountain venues in the world. The film was based on French paragliders’ attempt to ascend the 7027-meter high Spantik peak.
The second documentary titled The Last Mountain is of 83 minutes duration. Directed by Darius Zaluski, the film is based on the 2018 K-2 expedition of Polish mountaineers. The documentary informed that K-2 is world’s only 8000+ meter peak that has never been climbed in the winter. During this challenging expedition, a couple of members of the Polish team went to rescue a French mountaineer Elizabeth Revol and her Polish teammate who were trapped on nearby Nanga Parbat.
Charge d’Affaires a.i. Mr. M. Amjaz Aziz Qazi held a meeting with the organizers of the festival Ms. Manon Grimwood and Mr. Cyril Salomon and said that Pakistan welcomes tourists from across the globe to visit the country which is gifted with epic landscapes and challenging mountain tops.
The organizers said that Pakistan is one of the key destinations for French mountaineers and people like to watch the breathtaking landscapes and beautiful mountains. They said these films were also shown in Switzerland, Denmark and Czech Republic as part of the same film festival. Screenings in other European countries were cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions.
Paris; September 16, 2020: Defence and Martyrs Day of Pakistan was celebrated at an event held at the Embassy of Pakistan here last night. Keeping in view the Covid-19 related restrictions, a dinner was arranged with limited number of guests, instead of a full-scale reception.
Mr. Jean-Bernard Sempastous, President France-Pakistan Friendship Group in the French National Assembly and Mr. Francois Pupponi, Vice President of the Group attended the event as Guests of Honour. Together with Charge d’Affaires a.i. Mr. M. Amjad Aziz Qazi and Defence Attaché Air Commodore Syed Muhammad Azmat Ali they laid a ceremonial floral wreathe to honour the martyrs and cut the cake.
Pictures highlighting the sacrifices of Pakistan armed forces were put on display along with the newly issued political map of the country. National anthems of both the countries were played on the occasion.
In his remarks Charge d’Affaires a.i. Mr. M. Amjad Aziz Qazi highlighted the significance of the day and the sacrifices made by the people and armed forces of Pakistan in protecting the country. He emphasized that Pakistan stands for peace but this must not be misconstrued as weakness. The world understands that our desire for peace is for economic wellbeing and prosperity of the people of the region. There would be no compromise on the sovereignty and security of the country and any kind of misadventure will be dealt with severely, he added.
Mr. Qazi said this day is a symbol of courage, strong will and unmatched spirit of sacrifice by the brave Armed Forces of Pakistan. He reminded the audience about the oppressed people of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, who are struggling for their right of self-determination, adding that Pakistan will continue to support the Kashmiri people in their just struggle in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions.
Other participants included Mr. Thierry Pflimlin, CEO of Total Global Services and President of France-Pakistan business council at MEDEF, Mrs. Fredrika Sundberg, Presidence ‘Cercle des Amis du Pakistan’ as well as members of the civil society, think tanks, and media persons.
فرانس میں یوم دفاع اور یوم شہدا کی مناسبت سے پاکستانی سفارت خانے میں تقریب کا اہتمام کیا گیا۔
تقریب میں پاکستان کے نئے جاری کردہ نقشے سمیت پاکستان کی مسلح افواج کی قربانیوں کو اجاگر کرنے کے لئے تصاویر آویزاں کی گئیں ۔ اس موقع پر مہمانوں نے شہدا کے اعزاز پھولوں کی چادر چڑھائی اور دونوں ممالک کے قومی ترانے بھی بجائے گئے۔
پاکستانی سفارت خانے کے ناظم الامور امجد عزیز قاضی نے تقریب سے خطاب کرتے ہوئےیوم دفاع پاکستان کی اہمیت اور پاکستانی عوام اور مسلح افواج کی ملک کی حفاظت کے لئے دی گئی قربانیوں پر روشنی ڈالی۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ یوم دفاع بہادر مسلح افواج پاکستان کی جرات ، مضبوط ارادیت اور قربانی کے بے مثال جذبے کی علامت ہے۔پاکستانی سفیر نے کہا کہ پاکستان امن کے لئے کھڑا ہے لیکن اسے کمزوری نہ سمجھا جائے ۔ دنیا جانتی ہے کہ ہماری امن کی خواہش خطے کے لوگوں کی معاشی خوشحالی کے لئے ہے۔ انہوں نے مقبوضہ جموں و کشمیر کے مظلوم عوام پر بھارتی بربریت سے متعلق شرکا کوآگاہ کرتے ہوئے کہا کہ پاکستان سلامتی کونسل کی قراردادوں کے مطابق کشمیری عوام کی جدوجہد کی حمایت جاری رکھے گا۔تقریب میں فرانسیسی قومی اسمبلی میں صدر فرانس پاکستان دوستی گروپ سمیت فرانسیسی مسلح افواج
کے نمائندوں نے بھی شرکت کی
Charge d’Affaires of Embassy of Pakistan in France, Mr. M. Amjad Aziz Qazi and MNA French National Assembly Mr. Jean-Bernard Sempastous laying a floral wreath on the occasion of Pakistan’s Defence and Martyrs’ Day at the Embassy of Pakistan Paris on September 15, 2020.
Embassy of Pakistan
Euro currency added to Roshan Digital Account
Paris; September 4, 2020
The State Bank of Pakistan has allowed overseas Pakistanis to open Roshan Digital Account in Euro currency as well.
At the launching ceremony of Roshan Digital Account held at the Embassy of Pakistan Paris, on 18th August 2020, members of the Pakistani community in France asked for the facility in Euro also, in addition to Pak Rupee and US Dollar. This request was conveyed to the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to which SBP has consented.
Overseas Pakistanis can use the following links to learn more about opening Roshan Digital Account at various Pakistani banks:
MCB https://mopss.mcb.com.pk, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vA70mDSi0pE
Faysal Bank https://digionboard.faysalbank.com/
Bank Alfalah https://ips.bankalfalah.com/ops/