British HC in Bi-lateral Talks with Pakistan


The British High Commissioner spends his two-days tour in Pakistan discussing politics, defence and women empowerment. . . . reports Asian Lite News

The British High Commissioner, Mr. Thomas Drew was in Lahore for a two day tour. This was his first tour to Pakistan since he assumed control of the Commissioner’s office. His second day began with a series of talks with political, social and media personalities for a better future of both the countries and in particular towards the province of Punjab (Pakistan). The talks covered key points like security and defence, economy and UK and Pakistan relations.

Each of these three points is extremely crucial in maintaining bilateral ties between two countries in contemporary times. Security and defence is of utmost importance given the series of terror attacks happening throughout the world. Trade and economy is a crucial part of bilateral relations. Thus, these were the prime topics that were chosen to be discussed by the leaders.

After his talks, he paid a visit to the Nishat Emporium Mall and Punjab Commission on the Status of Women. Women empowerment is an important issue in the global sphere. Thus, every country is trying to put together its resources for the upgradation of the status of women; and Lahore is no less. Mr. Drew explains, “At the Punjab Commission on the Status of Women I had the opportunity to hear more about the challenges facing women in Punjab. The work the Punjab Government is undertaking to enact new laws for the protection of women, implement existing legislation, and bring more women into the workforce will have a real impact, not only on women, but on Punjab’s wider economic potential.  Only by investing in its people, including women and girls, can Pakistan achieve its full potential.”

Mr. Thomas Drew CMG, with Mr. Murray Keeler and Maayra Rehman during a visit to the British Council's Library
Mr. Thomas Drew CMG, with Mr. Murray Keeler and Maayra Rehman during a visit to the British Council’s Library

His next destination was the British Council Library. He met the staff at the library and got insights on UK’s work in Lahore. According to Mr. Drew, “Touring the site of the new British Council Library, I saw the plans for a new 21st century facility on the site of the old British Council library. This library, I know, is well remembered in Punjab for its learning and cultural opportunities. I am delighted that the new library will open shortly to be enjoyed by the next generation of Pakistanis.”

At the end of his two-day tour, the British High Commissioner looks forward to working with Pakistan in the future for the betterment of the province of Punjab and for maintaining strong bi-lateral ties.