King of Bahrain Shaikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa held talks with Pakistani leadership on Wednesday to boost cooperation in diverse sectors.

Talking in Radio Pakistan’s programme Nuqta-e-Nazar about the visit of King of Bahrain, former Foreign Secretary Najamuddin Sheikh said:  “The visit will enhance trade relations between the two countries. There are vast opportunities for Bahrain’s investors in Pakistan. Pakistanis are also serving in civil security forces of Bahrain. Millions of Pakistanis working in the Gulf countries are sending valuable foreign exchange to Pakistan.”  

Taking part in the programme, former Secretary Petroleum Dr. Gulfraz Ahmed said: “There is a need to give professional training to Pakistani labour force because in Gulf countries skilled workers of other countries are getting jobs.  Pakistan should send its trained manpower to Bahrain and other Gulf countries. Exporting of trained manpower to other counties including Bahrain will reduce unemployment in the country”.

Talking about Prime Minister’s statement regarding provision of secure environment to media men, Journalist Sajjad Mir said: “In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Federally Administered Tribal Areas, there is need to give proper security to journalists. Journalists perform their duties in very difficult circumstances. Journalists are facing serious security threats in some areas. Journalists should be imparted training to take precautionary measures to protect themselves in war zones while performing their duties”.

In his comments, Journalist Iftikhar Ahmed said: “Federal and provincial governments should take serious steps for the protection of journalists.  It is duty of the state to protect the life of all the citizens”.

Another Journalist Zahid Malik said: “Prime Minister’s decision to constitute commission to propose measures for protection of journalists is highly appreciable. Journalism has become the most dangerous profession in the world. Journalists are working in war zones, sensitive and flood and earthquake affected areas. Journalists of Pakistan welcome this step. Media owners should also take steps for the protection of their working journalists”.  

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