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King of Bahrain Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif stand in honour of National Anthems at the guard of honour presented to the visiting dignitary upon his arrival in Pakistan at PAF Base Nur Khan Chaklala on Tuesday. – INP Photo
King of Bahrain Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif stand in honour of National Anthems at the guard of honour presented to the visiting dignitary upon his arrival in Pakistan at PAF Base Nur Khan Chaklala on Tuesday. – INP Photo
PM Nawaz Sharif leads delegation level talks with King of Bahrain Hamad bin Isa bin Salman Al-Khalifa at PM House in Islamabad on Tuesday. – INP Photo
PM Nawaz Sharif leads delegation level talks with King of Bahrain Hamad bin Isa bin Salman Al-Khalifa at PM House in Islamabad on Tuesday. – INP Photo

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Bahrain on Tuesday signed six documents relating to mutual cooperation in various sectors during the visit of Bahrian’s King Sheikh Hamad bin Isa bin Salman Al-Khalifa to Pakistan.

King Al-Khalifa – who is on a three-day official visit to hold talks with Pakistani leadership on bilateral, regional and international matters of mutual interest – and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif witnessed the signing ceremony in Islamabad.

The agreements include, establishment of joint ministerial commission for bilateral cooperation, agreement for promotion and protection of investment, cooperation in food security, air services agreement, cooperation between interior ministries and cooperation in the fields of power and water.

Earlier during meeting with the King, Premier Nawaz Sharif said that Pakistan and Bahrain enjoy close and cordial relations based on mutual trust and understanding.

The prime minister said that Pakistan provides better investment environment and Bahraini investors should take this opportunity for best returns.

“We would welcome Bahraini investments in mega projects in the field of energy, downstream oil industry, port development, mining and minerals, infrastructure, banking and financial sectors,” PM Sharif said.

The prime minister also hosted a dinner in honor of the King of Bahrain and the visiting delegation at the PM House.

Earlier, the King was warmly received by Prime Minister Sharif upon his and his cabinet members’ arrival in the country at the Nur Khan Airbase. Services chiefs and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif were also present on the occasion.

A smartly turned-out contingent of the three services presented a salute to King Hamad, who is visiting Pakistan on the invitation of Prime Minister Sharif.

The King reviewed the guard of honour. National anthems of Pakistan and Bahrain were also played on the occasion. He is leading a high level delegation, including cabinet members, government officials and important businessmen.

According to a foreign office statement, the visit will provide a good opportunity to explore ways and means to further strengthen cooperation in diverse areas of interest, particularly in expanding bilateral trade and enhancing investments in Pakistan.

In this context, the visiting Bahraini businessmen will meet their Pakistani counterparts.

The two sides will also discuss ways to increase export of Pakistani manpower to Bahrain and to facilitate the one hundred thousand strong Pakistani community residing in the Kingdom, which serves as a bridge between the two brotherly countries and plays a positive role in the development of Bahrain as well as contributes to Pakistan's economy.

The visit is of special significance for being the first official visit of the King of Bahrain to Pakistan in four decades. The visit will give a new impetus to the existing fraternal bonds between the two countries, the FO statement added.

Comments (41) Closed

Shahpur Mar 18, 2014 09:47pm

Where the rulers of Pakistan are going, after Saudis now Bahrainis. What do Pakistan have in common with these, Kingdoms of Human Rights abuses.

kirther Mar 18, 2014 10:19pm

Equal importance should be given to Iran as a balanced approach will yield more long term benefit for Pakistan, but it seems to be a lop sided policy of the PML-N government. Acquiring short term financial benefit should not be the basis of foreign policy.

A worried Pakistani Mar 18, 2014 10:34pm


The Sauds and the Khalifa regimes are the most autocratic and barbaric regimes who frequently violated the human rights of their own citizens.

Incidentally both these countries are looking for the Pakistani armed forces to support their human rights abuses and they luck is running high in the presence of their "yes man" Nawaz Sharif in power.

May God protect the honor, integrity and sovereignty of Pakistan and it's armed forces from the abusive policies of these cronies of evil regimes, Ameen.


Irfan Baloch Mar 18, 2014 10:44pm

who is next I wonder.Israel? will this government be making pacts with Israel? will definitely make sense because all these 3 countries are in an unholy alliance in destroying Syria

Akbar Mar 18, 2014 10:49pm

Looks like Sharif is getting dangerously close to the axis of Saudi influence. The very same ideology that turned Pakistan into such an intolerant state that we are in today. Mind you Bahrain is one of the three countries that are trying to isolate Qatar, Iran and Syrian regime. Its in our interest not to get our selves involved in their internal tug of war. Sharif is following the exact footsteps of his mentor Zia who got involved in the Afghan war and ended up importing the Saudi brand of Islam that could not live peacefully with the Sufi tradition of South Asia. Its not rocket science to connect why our relations with Iran are at all time low and then see rulers of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain visiting us one after another. Hope the history does not repeat itself...

saeed Mar 18, 2014 11:00pm

Is Pakistan now a GCC country?

Shahryar Shirazi Mar 18, 2014 11:12pm

What a messed up foreign policy - some more dollars being wire transferred from Bahrain soon. We will never learn from our mistakes.

Fiz Mar 18, 2014 11:24pm

Now what does HE wants? Thank you very much King of Bahrain, take your Riyalin away, we don't want them because WE ARE NOT FOR SALE ANYMORE! ( aay kaash aisa ho!!)

Danish Mar 18, 2014 11:44pm

The commonality between KSA, Bahrain and Sharif's is that 'minority' ruling majority.

ALLY WAQAR Mar 18, 2014 11:56pm

Shame for all Pakistani's, accused for the worst human rights violations is being welcomed. Khazana Khali Hey Aur Kashkool Bara Hey!

Dr. Malek Towghi/Tauqee Mar 19, 2014 12:04am

It is bad news for the region if all this is a part of the scheme to encircle -- and create trouble for -- Iran as desired by the West. The Baloch on both sides of the border -- and those living in the Gulf Arab countries must remain neutral and nonaligned in this dirty and dangerous game against Iran. Remember that in case of a proxy or overt war, it will be devastating for the Baluch regions on both sides of the Iran-Pakistan borders.

Ishaq Mar 19, 2014 12:10am

What is on sale this time? Probably Pakistan's force to suppress legitimate demand of Bhraini people.

roshan Mar 19, 2014 12:55am

@Akbar: These rulers are for Money only. They will sell their mother also for money.

AbbasToronto Mar 19, 2014 12:58am

Seeking able bodied Pakistanis to come and break bones of Bahraini protesters seeking their human Rights.

Purple heart Mar 19, 2014 01:04am

This doesn't seem right .....

Nasser Mar 19, 2014 01:21am

After the visit by Butcher of Saudi Arabia, we have the Butcher of Bahrain, visting Pakistan and the Pakistani puppies are there to serve them.

Purple heart Mar 19, 2014 01:25am

@Akbar: I realize Pakistan has her shortcomings .. no doubt about that. But believe me, she isn't as intolerant as Iran, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar etc. In fact, watching the way the concepts of free speech and democracy have been manipulated globally, Pakistan is no more intolerant than North America or the European nations at present. Sensitivities are linked only on the basis of different priorities of issues in different regions. The fact that you can mention of Pakistan as "an intolerant state" on a public discussion board without fear or consequences is enough evidence of what I stated. Try saying that about Iran or Saudi Arabia if you ever reside there. They do not even allow independent media channels to operate on their soil other than those which serve as mouthpieces of their governments. Thus, let's not totally forget to count our blessings.

zack Mar 19, 2014 02:10am

@Fiz: well said.

imran bhatt Mar 19, 2014 02:31am

Pakistan seems to attracting kinds of arabs these days.

GA Mar 19, 2014 02:49am

These desert gas stations are playing with matches and asking Pakistan to douse the fires.

riaz Mar 19, 2014 03:15am

Perfect example of Bakhsoo...

a Mar 19, 2014 09:59am

Why he came after 40 years now?

pathanoo Mar 19, 2014 10:14am

@saeed: Do you really care?

Mardan wala Mar 19, 2014 10:32am

The Bahraini King needs this country's army to maintain law and order. The king does not have enough troops. He is close to being dethroned. Need urgent foot on the ground forces, from here.

Nasir Habib Mar 19, 2014 10:33am

@Shahpur: King is visiting Pakistan and meeting punjab government...

Irtiza Mar 19, 2014 11:13am

Nawaz's jacket is a bit lose and for this tenure he has bought some new ties as well.

one point Mar 19, 2014 11:38am

there should be no cooperation in cruel acts

nabidad Mar 19, 2014 11:39am

A notorious, but by name (Sharif), businessman who is now in full swing to sale Pakistan

Daaman Mar 19, 2014 11:40am

I dont see why people make such a fuss when money is taken from Arab states. Especially since we have been taking money from the US for more than 10 years now.

Our country is doing its best to survive with the emerging influence of India over the world. One day India will become member of the security council and downplay us in every field as they have in the past and present.

I do agree that we should try to become independent, and try to enforce our policies on others but right now with a crippling economy, corruption, and the rise of refugees from not just Afghanistan but others like Uzbekistan, and Iranian/Turkish Kurds, its going to be difficult to fight off our enemies and take care of ourselves as well.

Asma Mar 19, 2014 11:49am

Very nice to see Sheikh Hamad in Pakistan. Long live Pakistan-Bahrain friendship.

Rev. Eldrick Lal Mar 20, 2014 02:52am

Visas policies still remain the same for ordinary Pakistanis. No Pakistani can even get a tourist visa on arrival! What a shame?

Peaceseeker Mar 20, 2014 04:53am

@Asma: It's all blood money which Bahrain will give, shame on your ideology.

Naqeeb Mar 20, 2014 09:24am

@ for all those who say Saudi or Baharin are Human Rights abusers, what about USA???

SMQ Zaman Mar 20, 2014 09:32am

After 40 years, the King of Bahrain suddenly arrives in Pakistan and signs six agreements on bilateral interests and his visit takes place immediately after the series of visits by the Saudi Foreign Minister, Saudi Defense Minster, and Saudi Crown Prince (who generously donated $1.5 billion for no return?)!

Something, really fishy is going on and the public is justifiably and deeply concerned!

From: A deeply-concerned Intl. Development consultant (UK) and an overseas-Pakistani national

Muhammad Rizwan Mar 20, 2014 09:33am

it will be healthly activity for establishment our current running economy. Foreigns countries should come and do investment in our country for it's better growth.

soody Mar 20, 2014 09:58am

@Asma: bahrain given free medical , education and homes to their citizens but some terrorist support iran

Mo Mar 20, 2014 10:41am

@saeed: A GCC country without significant Oil we lose both ways :)

Khanm Mar 20, 2014 05:50pm

@Shahpur: so is your country we are not any different... that is the reason why they are so closed

bloor Mar 20, 2014 07:38pm

Bahrainis in National dress, Pakistanis????? says a lot about national pride!!

TK Mar 21, 2014 07:34am

@bloor: not really significant. nothing wrong with wearing the suit/ tie as long as you are not corrupt, and have national interest at heart.

Pragmatist Mar 21, 2014 07:19pm

Fanaticism is the common denominator.