The Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Lt. Gen (Retd) Shafaat Ullah Shah met with Mr. Samir Barhoum, Chief Editor of the ‘The Jordan Times’ to exchange views on Pakistan-Jordan relations. ‘The Jordan Times’ is a widely read and only English newspaper in Jordan.
The meeting was conducted in a very cordial atmosphere. Both the Ambassador and Mr. Samir Barhoum underlined the historical relationship between the two countries especially in the political and defense fields. The Ambassador informed Mr. Samir Barhoum about the Pakistani community in Jordan which numbers around 16,000 now and how Pakistan helped Jordan by sending farmers to develop its agriculture field in late 1960’s on request of late King Hussein of the Hashemite Kingdom. The Ambassador stressed the need to have high-level visits and to revitalize the economic component of the bilateral relations which is at the moment not in par with the overall relationship.
Mr. Samir Barhoum, on his part, thanked the Ambassador for his visit and shared his personal views on the bilateral relations of the two countries. He shed light on issues facing the Muslim Ummah in general and the region & Jordan in particular. He also expressed his thoughts for Mr. Hameed Anwar, an ex-Pakistan Airforce pilot, who played a major role in the training of Royal Jordanian Airforce and helped it down an Israeli plane as well.
A brief coverage of the meet is at the following link: