President Arif Alvi confers Nishan-e-Pakistan on Emir of Qatar

President Arif Alvi confers Nishan-e-Pakistan on Emir of Qatar

Islamabad (Web Desk): President Arif Alvi conferred Nishan-e-Pakistan on Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani on Sunday.

The visiting dignitary was awarded the highest civil award of Pakistan during a ceremony held at the President House in Islamabad.

The event was attended by senior members of the government, parliament, bureaucracy, armed forces and members of Qatari delegation.

Earlier, President Arif Alvi warmly welcomed the Qatari Emir at the President House. A delegation-level meeting was held between President Dr Arif Alvi and Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.

The Emir of Qatar arrived in Islamabad on two-day visit to Pakistan on Saturday.

Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani visited Pakistan at the invitation of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

The dignitary was accorded a red carpet reception with Prime Minister Imran Khan personally receiving him warmly at the Nur Khan Airbase.

The plane carrying the Emir had flags of both Pakistan and Qatar installed on it, reflecting the importance Qatar gives to its relations with Pakistan.

The distinguished guest was given a 21-gun salute. Two children presented bouquets to the guest. A JF-17 squadron of PAF saluted the guest in a magnificent fly past.

The Emir of Qatar inspected the Guard of Honor. National anthems of the two countries were also played on the occasion.

Prime Minister introduced the distinguished guest with members of cabinet and the federal ministers.

The Qatari Emir was accompanied by a high-level delegation comprising key ministers and senior officials.

Prime minister Imran Khan was also introduced with members of Qatari delegation.

Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani planted a sapling at the lawn of Prime Minister House as per tradition.

During a ceremony, Pakistan and Qatar signed three MoUs for cooperation in the fields of trade, investment, tourism and financial intelligence.

Adviser on Commerce Abdul Razak Dawood and Qatari Finance Minister Ali Shareef Al Emadi signed the MoU for establishment of Pakistan-Qatar joint working group on trade and investment.

Minister for Inter Provincial Coordination Dr Fahmida Mirza and Secretary General of Qatar National Tourism Council Akbar Al Baker agreed on cooperation in the fields of tourism and business events.

The third MoU relates to cooperation in the field of exchange of financial intelligence, anti-money laundering and to check terror financing.