Thomas Drew successfully pleaded Pakistani diaspora’s case for British Airways revival: Firdous

APP37-03 ISLAMABAD: June 03 – Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan, British High Commissioner to Pakistan Thomas Drew, Advisor to the Prime Minister on Commerce, Textile Industry, Production and Investment Abdul Razak Dawood, Minister for Aviation Ghulam Sarwar Khan and British Airways Chief Operating Officer Andrew Brem addressing a press conference. APP photo by Irfan Mahmood

ISLAMABAD, June 3 (APP):Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan Monday said the British High Commissioner to Pakistan Thomas Drew successfully pleaded the case of Pakistani diaspora and nationals in the United Kingdom to revive British Airways.
She made these remarks while addressing a press conference held here on the resumption of the British Airways flight operations in Pakistan.
“SAPM on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Zulfiqar Abbas Bukhari also deserves credit who always remains forthcoming for resolving issues of overseas Pakistanis and also played his role in resuming British Airways operations in the country,” she added.
The arrival of British Airways, she said was an expression of trust in “Naya Pakistan” and its government, adding “I hope that the British high commissioner will also play his role in bringing English Cricket team to Pakistan for a cricket series.”
She said Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) accomplished what could not be done by previous governments.
Dr Firdous said the start of flights showed that Pakistan was moving ahead on the path of progress.
It merits mentioning here that the British Airways’ Boeing 787 Dreamliner took off from Heathrow, London, with 240 passengers on board, and disembarked at Islamabad International Airport around 9:15am this morning.
She said the launch of these flights was a proof that the world accepted the truthful narrative of peaceful Pakistan led by Prime Minister Imran Khan.
“Under the leadership of Imran Khan, we will achieve the objective of a progressive and prosperous Pakistan,” she added.
“This is a clear message that Pakistan is no more a threat for any foreigner and it is a peaceful country. Our media has to collaborate with the British and international media to promote the true face of Pakistan and communicate the progressive and moderate image of the country to the world.
The British Airways will help to bridge those gaps and they will bring people together. It will help us to develop a platform to promote our tourism, cultural and bilateral ties. Sialkot Airport of my constituency is also waiting for British Airways to start its operations in the city to help increase economic hub’s connectivity to the United Kingdom,” she added.