Pakistani philanthropist meets Canadian Immigration Minister, asks to have 3 Consulate General of Canada offices in Pakistan
Currently, only Islamabad acts as a representative office.
Pakistani-Canadian philanthropist Aziz Rakla recently met Canadian Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino. The meeting was arranged by Pakistani-origin Canadian MP Iqra Khalid.
Mr. Rakla insisted that there should be at least three active Consulate General of Canada offices in Pakistan. He suggested that the locations of the offices should be Islamabad, Karachi, and Lahore. Rakla says that it is important to have offices in three big cities because around 220,000 Canadians are of Pakistani origin and thousands visit Canada each year.
Currently, only Islamabad acts as a representative office. All visa processing is done in the Abu Dhabi office of the Canadian Embassy.
Mr. Rakla also insisted that Pakistan is the 5th most populous country in the world and many educated talented people there are looking forward to migrating to Canada. Canada needs 300,000 new immigrants every year and Pakistan has the potential to provide that.
Canada also offers expertise in oil and mineral mining and Pakistan needs them. Hence, there are also multiple opportunities for Canadian Companies to invest and open offices in Pakistan for the exploration of minerals. Pakistan and Canada are also part of Commonwealth countries with similar laws etc.
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