LONDON: Brexit can provide an opportunity for Pakistan in foreign trade and employment, Pakistan's High Commission to the United Kingdom, Nafees Zakaria, said in a conversation with Dawn.
"There has to be an adequate market study on demands and gaps [in the United Kingdom] after Brexit, ”said Mr. Zakariya. “This is where an opportunity would arise for Pakistan. We are looking for what is available in Pakistan that could be useful here. ”
Zakaria gave the example of how Pakistan's human resources surpluses could benefit the United Kingdom, which will seek to fill jobs. "It's not just about a particular segment. The jobs could be for doctors, nurses, IT professionals, etc."
He added that Pakistani products can be useful in the United Kingdom when the demand for items at competitive prices increases.
The comments of the high commissioner come when the government led by Boris Johnson is pushing for a Brexit without an agreement, which means that the United Kingdom would no longer be a member of the EU and would have no trade agreement. If Johnson succeeds, the measure could drastically affect the UK's trade relationship with the EU.
Nafees could be a promising job for medical and IT professionals and says that Pakistani products can be useful in Britain
Analysts fear that the price of imported products in stores for the British may increase as a result and that some British-made products may be rejected by the EU because certification may be required. Manufacturers could also move their operations to the EU to avoid delays on items coming from the other side of the border.
Mr. Zakaria expressed his satisfaction with the response of the Members of the United Kingdom to Pakistan, highlighting the problem of Kashmir.
"If you look at the level of concern raised by parliamentarians of all parties, it is unprecedented," he said. He added that more than 100 parliamentarians have written to their own leaders, UN leaders and Indian leaders expressing concern about the humanitarian crisis in Kashmir.
"They haven't stopped to write letters, they've also talked about it on social media," he said.
Zakaria says that the massive participation in pro-Kashmir demonstrations in the United Kingdom is a testament to the positive response that the British community has given to the crisis in Kashmir.
When asked about the controversy surrounding Nasir Butt, the leader of the Pakistan-Nawaz Muslim League who said he had been denied entry to the high commission a week ago, the ambassador said. "We do not discriminate on political affiliation. He added:" We have an established procedure, anyone who wants a consular installation has to schedule an appointment online. He did not have an appointment online, so he was politely asked to make an appointment. "
Mr. Zakaria added that the consular official who spoke with Mr. Butt also had to determine whether consular services can be provided to a person who has an arrest warrant against him. Butt had approached the mission to obtain a certificate from a forensic report that, according to him, claims his position in the video controversy surrounding Judge Arshad Malik. Butt fled Pakistan before a raid took place at his home. An order has been issued for your arrest.
Posted on Dawn, September 28, 2019