First Pakistani Ambassador to Kosovo presents Letter of Credence to Kosovo President

Pristina, Kosovo, MTT News Desk: The President of the Republic of Kosovo Mrs. Atifete Jahjaga here today received the Letter of Credence of H.E. Muhammad Haroon Shaukat, the first Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to the Republic of Kosovo, resident in Ankara, Turkey.

It was an historical occasion as Mr. Shaukat became the first Pakistani Ambassador accredited to Kosovo. Pakistan formally recognized the Republic of Kosovo in December last year which was followed by a visit of President of Pakistans Special Envoy in January this year. After the presentation of credentials ceremony, President Mrs. Atifete Jahjaga and Ambassador Haroon Shaukat held a meeting and discussed ways to promote bilateral relations between the two countries.

Ambassador Shaukat conveyed special greetings from the President and Prime Minister of Pakistan to President Atifete. The newly appointed Ambassador reiterated his resolve to work very closely with the Kosovo friends to create a new chapter of special ties with tangible cooperation in the commercial field.

President of Kosovo expressed her gratitude to Pakistan upon their recognition of independence. She said this move by Pakistan was welcomed by the people of Kosovo as Pakistan is an important country having strategic importance. She termed the appointment of Ambassador Haroon Shaukat as a major step towards further consolidating Pak-Kosovo relations in all fields. The Pakistani Envoy said Pakistan granted formal recognition to Kosovo as an independent State in support of the aspirations of the people of Kosovo for independence.

Earlier, Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr. Enver Hoxhaj, Minister for Economic Development Mr. Besim Beqaj and other senior officials of the Kosovo Government received the new Ambassador. The hosts expressed their great appreciation for the recognition of Kosovos independence by Pakistan and evinced keen interest to consolidate relations at political, economic and cultural fields.

The Kosovo Foreign Minister proposed to start exchange of scholarship for students of Pakistan and Kosovo.Mr. Shaukat reiterated Government of Pakistans resolve to develop close and brotherly ties with Kosovo. It was agreed to create necessary facilitative framework for promoting commercial relations, encouraging and protecting investments and avoidance of double taxation. Opportunities for collaboration between the two countries in the economy, trade and education fields were discussed.

During his stay in Kosovo, Ambassador Shaukat also held meetings with the President of Chambers & Commerce and leading businessmen. Mr. Shaukat termed the private sector as engine of growth and said his Government will be happy to create interface between the private sectors of Kosovo and Pakistan.

As a country that is aligning its policies and standards as per EU criteria, Kosovo is one of the best countries for Pakistani investors and could be a hub for Pakistans commercial activities for EU in general and Balkans region in particular.

Consul General Istanbul Dr. Yusuf Junaid and Press Attaché of the Pakistan Embassy in Ankara Mr. Abdul Akbar also accompanied the Ambassador.

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Pakistan, Kosovo to establish diplomatic relations

Ankara, MTT News Desk: President of Pakistans Special Envoy and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Nawabzada Malik Amad Khan visited the Republic of Kosovo from 27-29 January and held meetings with the Kosovan leadership including the President, Prime Minister, President of the Parliament, Foreign Minister, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Trade & Industry, and President of Chamber of Commerce. It was an historical occasion as Malik Amad Khan was the first senior Pakistani official to visit Kosovo after Pakistan formally recognized the Republic of Kosovo in December last year.

President of the Republic of Kosovo, Mrs. Atifete Jahjaga on Monday received Malik Amad Khan who personally handed over a letter signed by President Asif Ali Zardari about the recognition of Kosovo. The Special Envoy stated that the recognition has been accorded in support of the aspirations of the people of Kosovo for independence. President of Kosovo expressed her gratitude to Pakistan upon their recognition of independence and regarded this as an important step towards the international consolidation of the country and its further democratization.

Prime Minister of Kosovo Mr. Hashim Thaçi also received the special envoy. He expressed his great appreciation for the recognition of Kosovos independence by Pakistan. This will encourage Kosovos comprehensive cooperation with Pakistan, advancing bilateral relations between the two countries. Both the leaders discussed opportunities for collaboration between the two countries in the economy, trade and education. Both agreed that there is a wide scope for an enhanced institutional, cultural and social cooperation Kosovo and Pakistan have.

In his meetings with other high profile Kosovan officials including President of the Assembly of Kosovo Mr. Jakup Krasniqi, Foreign Minister Mr. Enver Hoxhaj, Economy & Trade Ministers and business community, it was agreed to create necessary facilitative framework for promoting commercial relations including Free Trade Agreement and Agreement on Protection of Investment and Avoidance of Double Taxation.

Earlier, the Minister of State and the Kosovan Foreign Minister signed a joint communique for establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Ambassador of Pakistan to Turkey Mr. Muhammad Haroon Shaukat who has been concurrently accredited as Ambassador to Kosovo also accompanied the Special Envoy.

Pakistani students deserve best possible start in life

Islamabad, MTT News Desk: A local school chain has decided to equip parents with necessary skills to deal with their children effectively at home to ensure their success in the years to come.

In the first phase, forty teachers working in different branches of Pak-Turk Schools were selected to participate in a three-day seminar so that they can be equipped with the knowledge, techniques and material to conduct parenting classes in their respective cities.

Speaking at the seminar titled Parents School Seminar, trainers told participants that Pakistani students are gifted, they deserve best possible start in practical life for which every possible effort will be initiated including introduction of latest teaching and learning strategies.

Children of many families fail in school, not because they are poor, but because their parents lack the necessary parental skills to understand the importance of education in order to support their children, they said.

The speakers said that understanding, correcting and teaching proper habits and then study behaviour leads to raising a better student which is mother of success.

The seminar focused on understanding the philosophy of nurturing parenting, assessing high risk parenting beliefs and environments, creating competency based lessons and programmes tailored to meet the individual parenting needs of families, and implementing programs at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels.

Important parenting themes like creativity, child abuse, hyperactivity, effective study techniques, stress management, sibling rivalry, effects of TV and computer, importance of games and children motivation were part of the programme.

Participants also learnt how to monitor the success of families through on-going process evaluation strategies designed to measure the attainment of parenting knowledge and skills. The participants learnt to help parents set consistent, reasonable expectations based on their child’s age, developmental and skill level.

Keeping in view the present day family structures, the initiative taken by Pak-Turk Academy of Teaching and Learning Excellence will help the parents bring up the long awaited golden generation.

Turkish investments in Pakistan on the rise

Ankara, MTT News Desk: Both Pakistan and Turkey will expedite their efforts for an early conclusion of a comprehensive Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) that will further boost commercial relations between the two countries.

Minister of State/Chairman Board of Investment Mr. Saleem H. Mandviwalla to this effect held meetings with the Turkish leadership here in Ankara. He was accompanied by Secretary Commerce Mr. Munir Qureshi, Ambassador of Pakistan to Turkey Mr. Muhammad Haroon Shaukat, and Consul General Istanbul Dr. Yusuf Junaid.

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Mr. Ali Babacan (pronounced as Ali Babajan) in his meeting with the visiting dignitary assured his governments full support in encouraging Turkish companies to invest in Pakistan. Both the leaders agreed that existing huge reservoir of emotions and goodwill between Turkey and Pakistan will certainly help in further improving economic relations.

They also discussed the Istanbul-Islamabad cargo goods train (Gul Train) and agreed that running such train on a regular basis will make it a viable project. They referred to High Level Cooperation Council (HLCC) which is a highest level decision making forum between the two countries in the economic field. HLCC was indeed a milestone in the history Pakistan-Turkey relations and under this platform many agreements were signed in the economic and commercial field.

The Pakistani delegation also held extensive discussions with Turkeys Deputy Minister for Economy Mr. Mustafa Sever and his team. Mr. Sever informed that currently Turkish companies have about US$365 million investment portfolio in Pakistan. Both the dignitaries noted that although bilateral trade crossed the threshold of US$1 billion last year, but concerted efforts are required to keep this momentum. They agreed that the signing of proposed comprehensive PTA would address all issues including the textile sector.

Mr. Mandviwalla said he is personally in touch with the Turkish companies who have investment projects in Pakistan or who are planning to come and invest in Pakistan. He informed that he will be meeting with many such investors in Istanbul. Mr. Mandviwalla said Pakistan will encourage investment in steel sector and invited steel manufacturers to consider establishing world class steel plants in Pakistan.

(Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey Mr. Ali Babacan sharing views with Minister of State/Chairman Board of Investment Mr. Saleem H. Mandviwalla at Ankara. Pakistans Secretary Commerce Mr. Munir Qureshi is also seen in the picture.)

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