In an official ceremony held in Islamabad, Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani was accorded with the highest civil honor of Pakistan ‘Nishan-e-Pakistan’. The award was presented by President Arif Alvi in recognition of his efforts to bring the two countries closer.
The ceremony was attended by Foreign Ministers of both the countries, Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser, Chairman Senate Sadiq Sanjrani, and other senior officials from Qatar and Pakistan along with the military officials. Before the ceremony, President Alvi also held a meeting with the delegation and hosted lunch.
During his visit, the exchange of gifts was also witnessed as the Emir of Qatar presented a football jersey of the national team for Prime Minister Khan with his name on it. In return, PM Khan presented him a cricket bat with his signature on it. A special vase made of camel skin with a portrait of the Emir painted on it was also prepared by a local craftsman for the honorable guest.
Before His Highness departed from the Noor Khan base, he was also given a briefing about the JF-17 Thunder jet and the Mashshak aircraft, he revealed unmistakable fascination and directed a careful examination of the planes.
The visit of Emir brought several economic fortunes for the country as three Memorandums of Understanding were signed. The MoUs aim for the establishment of joint trade and investment group, cooperation in the development of tourism and cooperation in the field of intelligence, money laundering, and terror financing.
Emir took off from the Noor Khan base this afternoon after his fruitful visit to Pakistan. His last was back in 2015 (four years ago). Special Assistant to Prime Minster Zulfi Bukhari accompanied the foreign delegation to see off.