Pakistani envoy wraps up Northern Province visit

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The High Commissioner of Pakistan in Sri Lanka, Maj. Gen. Qasim Qureshi visited the Northern Province of Sri Lanka from 16 to 18 September 2013. The aim of the visit was to understand the ground situation and explore opportunities to expand the economic, cultural and people-to-people links between Pakistan and the Northern Province. The High Commissioner also reviewed the progress of the development projects being sponsored by the Government of Pakistan in the Northern Province. These projects include expansion and up-gradation of Al-Aksha Maha Vidyalam in Salam Baikulam, Vavuniya. The Government of Pakistan is undertaking the upliftment of this school with the collaboration of the Sri Lankan Government through the good offices of Minister Basil Rajapaksa and Minister Rishad Bathiudeen. The High Commissioner also met Government Agent Sundram Arumaing Yagam and Deputy Election Commissioner Jaffna Achuthan. They exchanged views on the preparation for the upcoming election and the election system being followed by Pakistan. Five observers from Pakistan have also arrived to observe the elections. The High Commissioner also met the Jaffna Chamber of Commerce and Industry President R.J. Sekran, who briefed the High Commissioner about the prevailing business environment in the Northern Province. Sekran suggested a more comprehensive engagement with the business community of Jaffna after the election to explore business opportunities between the two countries. During the visit, High Commissioner Qureshi also met the Jaffna Security Forces of Commander Maj. Gen. Mahinda Hathrusinghe, at the Security Forces Head Quarters.