Chairman Senate Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani has said that Pakistan highly values its bilateral relations with Australia and desires to further expand cordial relations for mutual benefit of the people of two sides. He was talking the Australian High Commissioner Dr. Geoferry Shaw during a meeting the Parliament House on Monday. He said that mining, trade and investment are some the sectors which provide ample opportunities for bilateral collaboration. He appreciated cooperation between the two sides in education and development sectors and desired to extend this interaction to other areas, especially promoting parliamentary linkages and enhancing people to people contacts. He said that exchange of parliamentary delegations would also steer the economic cooperation and those of the business delegations would help explore the new avenues for increasing bilateral trade. He said that Pakistan and particularly Baluchistan province is blessed with natural resources and both Pakistani and Australian investors can explore possibilities of joint projects in mining sector.
The Australian High Commissioner informed that Australia has huge expertise in mining sector. Mutual collaboration between two countries would prove beneficial for both sides.
Chairman Senate also highlighted the significance of Gwadar in promoting regional connectivity for trade. He said that master plan of Gwadar has been approved and development process is being carried on a fast track. He called upon the Australian investors to explore possibilities for investment in Gwadar. He said that trade and economic relations are an important component of our ties.
He said that there is huge scope for initiating joint ventures in different sectors and business and investment community of both sides can explore possibilities JVs.
Chairman Senate apprized the Australian High Commissioner about the human rights violations committed by the Indian forces in IOK , prolonged curfew and hardships of the people of Indian Occupied Kashmir. He said that people in the occupied valley are living a miserable life. “ The situation calls for humanitarian assistance as the Indian Occupied forces have turned the valley into an open jail” Sanjrani observed. He said that world community must take notice of the human rights violations and the crimes committed by the Indian forces in the valley.
Australian Commissioner called for a peaceful resolution of the issue through dialogue and negotiations.
Australian High commissioner agreed with the views of Chairman Senate and said that huge potential exists for enhance trade and economic linkages. He thanked Chairman Senate for warm welcome at the Parliament House.