PM, COAS briefed on Covid-19 measures at NCOC

PM reaffirms commitment for further solidifying Pak-Japan ties

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Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Monday visited the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) where they were apprised of measures taken to contain coronavirus.

During the visit, NCOC Director-General Maj General Asif Mahmood Goraya apprised the PM and army chief on the coronavirus situation across Pakistan, said a statement issued by the NCOC.

The NCOC DG also apprised them of the measures put in place to contain the spread of the virus, vaccine administration, and future Covid-19 management strategy.

PM Imran appreciated the efforts of the NCOC and all federating units for synergised response during the pandemic, for ensuring the safety and wellbeing of the people of Pakistan, the statement said.

The premier further directed all the stakeholders to maximise efforts for mandatory vaccination drive and enforcement of requisite NPIs.

Later, PM Imran presented the NCOC memento to Lieutenant General Hamooduz Zaman Khan for outstanding services rendered as the national coordinator at the NCOC.

According to the statement, Zaman, who is retiring, played an instrumental role in the nation’s fight against Covid-19 through “flawless management of resources and seamless coordination among all stakeholders”.

Adding to this, Ambassador of Japan Kuninori Matsuda to Pakistan called on Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday and discussed matters of mutual interest.

The Prime Minister congratulated the ambassador on the successful completion of his tenure in Pakistan and conveyed best wishes for future assignment.

The ambassador thanked the Prime Minister for addressing a letter to the new Prime Minister of Japan Fumio Kishida, and recalled

Prime Minister’s engagement with the Japanese dignitaries on various issues.

Prime Minister Imran Khan underscored the high importance Pakistan attached to its relationship with Japan, which was embedded in mutual trust and understanding. He reaffirmed Pakistan’s strong desire to further deepen and broaden bilateral cooperation in the economic, trade, development, and investment sectors.

In the regional context, the Prime Minister underscored Pakistan’s vital interest in a peaceful and stable Afghanistan. He stressed that the international community must remain positively engaged with the new Afghan Administration, provide urgently needed humanitarian assistance, and take steps to prevent economic collapse including release of Afghanistan’s frozen assets. He also underlined the importance of national reconciliation and an inclusive political structure.

The Japanese ambassador thanked the Prime Minister for his strong leadership in further solidifying Pakistan’s relations with Japan and in support of peace and stability in the region and beyond.

The ambassador also conveyed profound thanks to the government of Pakistan for facilitation of evacuation of Japanese nationals and others from Afghanistan. Ambassador Matsuda also highlighted the MoU signed between the two sides on export of manpower from Pakistan to Japan under Technical Intern Training Programme (TITP) and Specified Skilled Workers (SSW) Programme. It was emphasized to re-double efforts to realize the benefits of the MoU.

The year 2022 will mark the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between Pakistan and Japan. The two sides envisage celebration of this milestone in a befitting manner.

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