Pakistan urges Denmark to ease journey restrictions


Overseas Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi held a telephonic dialog along with his Danish counterpart on Sunday and urged him to ease journey restrictions positioned on the Pakistani residents.

Through the dialogue with Jeppe Kofod, Qureshi mentioned the restrictions must be reviewed with regard to an enchancment within the state of affairs pertaining to safety and pandemic.

The 2 leaders mentioned bilateral relations and the present state of affairs in Afghanistan and vowed to additional strengthen the prevailing ties between the 2 international locations.

The minister apprised Kofod concerning the help supplied by Pakistan for the protected evacuation of the workers of various embassies, worldwide organisations and others.

The Danish minister expressed his gratitude to Islamabad for its help in evacuation of Danish residents from Kabul.

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Qureshi, on the event, emphasised that Pakistan gave particular significance to its ties with Denmark, and thanked Kofod for Denmark’s continued help to Islamabad concerning the GSP Plus standing.

The overseas minister invited his Danish counterpart to go to Pakistan, which he mentioned to have accepted with gratitude. Reciprocating, Kofod additionally invited Qureshi to go to Denmark.

Earlier, it was reported that Pakistan had intensified lobbying within the European international locations in opposition to anti-Pakistan components to neutralise affect of India concerning the Monetary Motion Process Pressure (FATF), rice model and GSP scheme.

“Our ambassadors in EU international locations and Brussels have enhanced their engagements with the host governments,” Pakistan Ambassador to Italy Jauhar Saleem had mentioned whereas responding to a query concerning the EU parliament’s decision in opposition to Pakistan.

In April this yr, the European Parliament had adopted a decision calling for a evaluate of the GSP Plus standing granted to Pakistan in view of a rise within the blasphemy accusations within the nation in addition to rising variety of on-line and offline assaults on journalists and civil society organisations.

Pakistan remains to be on Britain’s “pink listing” as a result of “worsening Covid-19 state of affairs and low testing charges”.

In a letter dated August 6, UK senior well being official JO Churchill whereas explaining the explanation for holding Pakistan on the pink listing of nations mentioned UK’s Joint Biosecurity Centre continued to evaluate threat based mostly on components together with incidence, traits in deaths/hospitalisations, exported instances in addition to testing and check positivity charges.

Her response got here after Pakistan together with a number of members of the British Home of Commons slammed the UK authorities for holding Pakistan on its pink listing of nations on the newest coronavirus journey replace whereas eradicating India from it.

The British authorities had positioned Pakistan and India on the pink listing on April 2 and 19, respectively. Nevertheless, in an up to date listing, the federal government introduced that India, Bahrain, Qatar and the UAE can be moved to the amber listing from August 8.

“In Pakistan, the mixture of a deteriorating epidemiological state of affairs, mixed with low testing charges and restricted genomic surveillance, presents a excessive threat that an outbreak of a brand new variant, or present VoC [variant of concern], won’t be recognized earlier than it’s imported to the UK,” she mentioned within the letter.



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