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PR No. 139
JAPANESE AMBASSADOR LAUDS PAKISTAN’S ROLE IN AFGHANISTAN, SUGGESTS LEGAL COOPERATION BETWEEN PAKISTAN, JAPAN AND AFGHANISTAN: SPOKESPERSON
Islamabad: January 20, 2021

Federal Minister for Law and Justice, Barrister Dr. Muhammad Farogh Naseem has hailed Pakistan as a friendly country for tourism and investment. He was talking to Japanese Ambassador H. E. Mr. Kuninori Matsuda who called on him at the Law Ministry on Wednesday. He said Pakistan has stable law and order situation contrary to what is sometimes projected in the Western media. The Law Minister was of the opinion that due to malicious propaganda and fake news spread by ‘our neighbor’, perception about Pakistan is sometimes distorted. However Pakistan is like any other country in the world. The Japanese Ambassador said that not only the security situation in Pakistan is favorable but also the Covid-19 pandemic is contained. He sought Law Minister’s help in order to establish contact between the Japanese businessmen in Pakistan and Pakistani Law firms. Dr. Farogh Naseem ensured that he would extend whatever help is possible in this regard. He also requested the Japanese Ambassador to work with Pakistan to establish legal as well as academic cooperation. The Japanese Ambassador suggested that Pakistan, Afghanistan and Japan may explore the possibility of entering into legal cooperation (with exchanges of students of law, lawyers and members of the judiciary), since Pakistan has continued to play a significant role play in Afghanistan. The Japanese Ambassador also appreciated the positive role played by Pakistan and its authorities in bringing peace in Afghanistan. Law Minister told the ambassador that he will act to further enhance cooperation between the three countries. The Japanese Ambassador invited the Pakistani Law Minister to participate in the 14th UN Congress on crime prevention and criminal justice in Kyoto from March 7-12, 2021. The Japanese Ambassador requested the Pakistani Law Minister to speak not only on legal developments in Pakistan but also about the current state of security and Law and order in the region with a special emphasis on Pakistan and its role. Dr. Farogh Naseem accepted the invitation committing to physically travel to Japan to participate in the conference subject to ground situation of Covid Pandemic or otherwise participate through the virtual medium. Parliamentary Secretary for Law and Justice, Barrister Maleeka Bukhari, Japanese Political Counselor, Mr. Nakagawa Yasushi and Third Secretary Mr. Katsuragawa Hirotada were also present during the meeting.

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