President Arif Alvi on Monday offered Qatar of providing security for the next FIFA World Cup being held in the Gulf country in 2022, stressing that the country had vast experience in that domain.
Talking to Commander of the Qatar Emiri Guard, Maj-Gen Hazzaa Bin Khalil Bin Mansour Al-Shahwani, who along with a delegation called on him in Islamabad, Dr Alvi said a lot of scope existed between the two countries to include defence export and joint production ventures.
The president underscored that having vast experience in the domain of security and the professionalism of its armed forces, “Pakistan can provide Qatar security for Football World Cup 2022,” according to Radio Pakistan.
He emphasised on the need for enhancing the training collaboration and professional interaction between defence forces of the two countries, and appreciated the agreement for sale of eight Super Mushak aircraft to Qatar worth $57.74 million in 2016.
Alvi urged Qatar to support Pakistan in its endeavours to highlight Indian human rights violations in occupied Kashmir before the world. He stressed the need for the international community to persuade India to resolve the Kashmir dispute in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions.
“The fascist Indian regime is flagrantly violating the human rights of Kashmiris by revoking the special status of occupied Kashmir and by suspending their civil liberties. The Indian government has adopted a hostile attitude towards all its minorities,” the report quoted Alvi as saying.
Maj-Gen Al-Shahwani said Qatar considered it a religious duty to support Pakistan at all levels.
Meeting with army chief
Separately, the Qatari commander called on army chief General Qamar Bajwa at the GHQ in Rawalpindi.
Matters of mutual and professional interest and regional security situation were discussed in the meeting.
The visiting dignitary appreciated professionalism of Pakistan Army, and expressed his desire for increased Pakistan-Qatar defence collaboration.