Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar is likely to represent Pakistan in the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Doha, Qatar. She is expected to visit Doha in the first week of December 2022.
Diplomatic sources in Doha have cited her visit, reports The News. According to media reports, the invitation had been received by the Foreign Office of Pakistan even before the start of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar. World leaders including the key head of Islamic states- Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Muhammad bin Salman, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attended the event.
The dates of the visit of Hina Rabbani Khar to Doha are yet to be finalized. Sources also claim that the Ambassador of Qatar to Pakistan, Saoud Abdulrahman Al-Thani called Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto to attend the world cup match.
Pakistan has expressed solidarity with Qatar for being the first Islamic country to host the FIFA World Cup 2022. Qatar came under strict criticism from certain international organizations for alleged human rights violations. Pakistan came in to support Qatar and expressed wishes for the successful conduct of the event.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said, “Unfortunate that Qatar is being subjected to a barrage of propaganda as host of FIFA World Cup. It should be rather commended for wonderful arrangements for the mega event and being a promoter of global peace and development. Pakistan stands in solidarity with HH Emir and the people of Qatar,” he wrote.
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Former Prime Minister Imran Khan also wished Qatar ahead of the FIFA World Cup. “Wishing Qatar the best for successfully holding the football World Cup, which begins today. It is for the first time that a Muslim country is hosting this biggest sporting event in the world. Good luck to all the participating teams,” said Imran Khan.