Pakistan safest country for minorities: Sarwar

Staff Reporter

Punjab Governor Chaudhry Sarwar declared on Friday that minorities are safe in Pakistan and all-out measures are being taken to protect their lives and property.

“Quotas have been allocated to minorities in all educational institutions of Pakistan and there is a Kartarpur Corridor project, which in fact is a historic step of Pakistan.”

Chaudhry Sarwar said that during his visit to Europe, Pakistan’s stance on the issue of extension of GSP Plus status has been welcomed.

Punjab Governor Chaudhry Sarwar was talking to media after meetings with Hungarian Ministers, Foreign Office Officials, members of the European Parliament and representatives of the Austrian business community who assured support to Pakistan for extension in GSP plus status. Pakistan and Hungary agreed to enhance relations in various fields including higher education.

According to a statement issued from Governor House Lahore, Punjab Governor Chaudhry Sarwar arrived in Hungary on Friday during his visit to Europe where he was received at the airport by Hungarian government officials and Pakistani Ambassador Ejaz Ahmed. A large number of overseas Pakistanis were also present.

On his arrival in Hungary, Punjab Governor Chaudhry Sarwar also met the Secretary General of the Hungarian Foreign Ministry Tristan Azbej, member of European parliament for Hungary Ernő Scheller Baross, Member of the European Parliament for Hungary, Gergely Gulyás and other Ministers and the Austrian businessmen.

Meetings were also held with the business community to discuss the extension of GSP Plus status, Pakistan-Hungary and Austria relations, bilateral trade and other issues were discussed during the meeting.

Talking to media after the meetings, Governor Punjab Chaudhry Sarwar said that Pakistan believes in strengthening its relations with Hungary.

He said that Hungary’s assurance of full cooperation to Pakistan is extension of GSP Plus status augurs well for the country.

He said that the Hungarian diplomatic team is also working hard to promote bilateral relations in Pakistan.

Punjab Governor stressed on the exchange of delegations between Pakistan and Hungary, adding that concrete steps will be taken for the exchange of delegations for the bringing the two countries closer.

Meanwhile, the flight operation was restored at Lahore airport, after hours of disruption when a private courier company’s cargo plane suffered a tyre burst late the other night.

The main runway of the airport was restored around 3 in the night, said the Lahore airport authorities and added that now the suspended flights’ operation has been restored.

The incident of tyre burst occurred when four tyres of a foreign company cargo aircraft exploded during take-off at Lahore’s Allama Iqbal Airport.

After the incident, the rescue vehicles rushed to the runway to move the aircraft away from Lahore’s only functional runway.

The incident had also resulted in flights delay and the cancellation of several domestic flights, causing difficulties for the commuters.

Private airline flight 406 from Karachi to Lahore was diverted to Islamabad airport while the departure of flight PIA flight PK-305 of PIA from Lahore to Karachi has also been delayed.

According to the airport administration, the closure of the runway affected the schedule of more flights.


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