Ambassador of Japan calls on Minister for Interior

Islamabad, June 18, 2013 (PPI-OT): Ambassador of Japan, Hiroshi Oe called on the Federal Minister for Interior and Narcotics Control, Ch. Nisar Ali Khan in Islamabad. The meeting was held in a cordial atmosphere and both dignitaries expressed satisfaction on the historical, economic and cultural ties that exist between the two countries.

The Minister conveyed to the visiting Ambassador that Japanese way of life, work ethic and humility are values close to the heart of every Pakistani. The Japanese aid to foreign Governments is based on only two principles; Peace and Democracy (rule of law).

The Minister expressed his Government’s intentions to raise the relationships between the two countries a notch higher. He said that in these troubled times for Pakistan with issues like terrorism, law and order, energy and a weak economy; the Japanese Government would be looked towards as a role model.

The Japanese Ambassador informed that Karachi used to be the biggest export base for Japanese exports only 25 years ago. Unfortunately, all this investment is now going to Bangladesh, Singapore and other countries of the region but not Pakistan.

The Ambassador mentioned, security, energy and law and order as the biggest reasons why investment was eluding Pakistan. He, however, wished Pakistan that since the Government is business oriented, Pakistan would soon become an investment friendly country.

In response, the Minister informed that the present Government’s priorities included ending load shedding, improving law and order and revival of economy. He stated that for seeking Japanese investment, “We have to set our own house in order”.

He further conveyed that the Government has set a time line of three months to start showing results. Taking about his own priorities, the Minister informed the Japanese Ambassador that improvement in traffic, electronic surveillance, computerization of land record and police stations and a massive crack down on adulteration in drugs, food stuff and cleaning the environment pollution would be some of his focus areas.

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