KARACHI - Karachi University Acting Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Khalid Iraqi has said that currently more than 1.2 million skilled and semi-skilled Pakistanis are working in the UAE, fortifying Pakistan’s foreign reserves by sending regular remittances.
He said that Pakistan was the first country to formally recognise the United Arab Emirates and both nations had been enjoying exemplary and friendly ties for long. He said the UAE supported Pakistan’s position on Kashmir and Pakistan played a pivotal role in evolution of key institutions of UAE such as armed forces, police, health and education. He said that trade between the two countries was estimated to be $9 billion, which showed the level of cooperation between them. He expressed these views during the visit of Muhammad Obaid Al Mazroui, executive director of the Islamic Affairs and Endowment, UAE and UAE Consul General in Karachi Nasser Huwaiden Al Ketbi to Shaikh Zayed Islamic Centre, Karachi University.
He lauded Shaikh Zayed Islamic Centre for promoting bilateral ties between UAE and Pakistan. He visited the classes and took a briefing on the ongoing courses at the centre from acting Director Dr Abida Perveen. Dr Iraqi also appreciated the academic and research activities of the centre.
Obaid Al Mazroui said that research culture must be promoted, particularly in the Islamic countries. Islam is the religion of peace and harmony. Pakistan and UAE have cordial relations and cooperation in almost every sector. He also commended Shaikh Zayed Islamic Centre for its research and academic activities.
Muhammad Hussain Ahmed Madni, joint secretary at the Ministry of Interprovincial Coordination, lauded the role of the United Arab Emirates in the establishment of Shaikh Zayed Islamic Centre in 1985 and its continued financial support to it.
He termed the role of the UAE pivotal in academic and research activities in the country.
Perveen welcomed the distinguished diplomats and Prof Iraqi to the centre and briefed them about the ongoing academic and research activities at the centre.