Sept 19, Colombo: The High Commissioner of Pakistan in Sri Lanka, Major General Qasim Qureshi visited the Northern Province of Sri Lanka from September 16th to 18th, 2013, the High Commission of Pakistan in Colombo said in a release.
The visit aimed 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 Vidyalaya (School) in Salam Baikulam Vavuniya. The Government Pakistan is undertaking the uplift of this school with the collaboration of the Sri Lankan Government through the offices of Minister Basil Rajapaksa and Minister Rishad Bathiyutheen.
The High Commissioner also met the Government Agent of Jaffna Sundram Arumainayagam and Deputy Election Commissioner Jaffna, S.Achchudhan .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 President of Jaffna Chamber of Commerce & Industry R. J. Sekaran, who briefed the High Commissioner about the prevailing business environment in the Northern Province. Sekaran 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, Major General (Retd.) Qureshi also met the Commander Security Forces of Jaffna Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe, at Security Forces Head Quarters.