During his visit, Mr Barton had the opportunity to hold introductory meetings with the Governor of Sindh, Dr. Ishrat-ul Ebad and the Chief Minister of Sindh, Syed Qaim Ali Shah. The High Commissioner also met a range of Karachi-based political leaders, members of the business community and a group of senior journalists.
Speaking about his visit to Karachi, the Mr. Barton said:
I am delighted to visit Karachi, just over a week after arriving in Pakistan as Her Majesty’s High Commissioner to Pakistan. The relationship between the UK and Pakistan remains deep and strong and the importance of Karachi as a driver for the future prosperity of Pakistan is clear. I am absolutely committed to strengthening the bilateral connections between the UK and Pakistan. Building on the excellent work of my predecessor Sir Adam Thomson, I plan to visit Sindh frequently and to work with the business community to build a relationship based on partnership, trust and shared understanding”.
The UK is working closely with Pakistan through extensive cooperation on trade, investment, energy, education and security. Our rich people-to-people and cultural connections help to underpin the deep and unique relationship between our two countries. The UK’s connections with Karachi are a vital part of this.
Philip Barton has a wealth of experience working on Pakistan, having served as the British Foreign Office’s Additional Director for South Asia from 2008-09, and then the Cabinet Office Coordinator for Afghanistan and Pakistan from 2009-2011. More recently, Mr. Barton served as the Deputy British Ambassador to Washington.
Press Department, British Deputy High Commission, Karachi; tel. 021 3 5827000