A nine-member Cross-Party Parliamentary Delegation of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, including Minister for Industries and Minister for Religious Affairs, visited the Pakistan High Commission London on 10 July 2017. The delegation is currently on a visit to Isle of Man and Westminster organized by the British Council. This is the seventh such visit aimed at getting familiarity with the best practices of the British Parliamentary system, especially, functioning of the Parliamentary Committees.
H.E. Syed Ibne Abbas, Pakistan High Commissioner to the UK welcomed the delegation and briefed them on wide ranging Pakistan-UK bilateral relations. He said that both the countries have historically cordial relations, further strengthened by the presence of well over 1.2 million Pakistani diaspora in the UK. The High Commissioner underlined that there is great scope for expanding the trade and economic relations between the two countries after Brexit and in wake of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
The High Commissioner offered the delegation Mission’s all possible support for promoting tourism in the province and bringing the investment in the mineral sector of KP. The delegation was also briefed about High Commission’s calendar of celebrations for the 70th Independence Anniversary of Pakistan. Besides, they were shown a brief video package of the events held by the Mission so far this year.
The members of the delegation termed their ongoing visit very useful and a good source of learning and sharing best parliamentary practices. They expressed their keen interest in working with the High Commission particularly in two areas: tourism promotion, and bringing foreign investment to the province. They also appreciated High Commission’s efforts to project the true image of Pakistan abroad through its cultural and public diplomacy.