OTTAWA - High Commissioner of Pakistan Tariq Azim Khan called on Harjit Singh Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, Canada, on Tuesday.

According to press release, the high commissioner presented Holy Parshad, distributed on the birthday of Guru Nanak at Nankana Sahib, to the defence minister . The minister thanked him for the gesture of goodwill.  The high commissioner briefed the minister on the state of minorities in Pakistan including the Sikh community, which enjoy full freedom.

He said that Sikh pilgrims from across the world are facilitated to visit their sacred places in Pakistan every year.

He renewed an outstanding invitation from Defence Minister of Pakistan, Khawaja Asif to the Canadian Defence Minister to visit Pakistan. He said that the visit will provide an opportunity to both the countries for enhancing bilateral defence relations.

The High Commissioner further briefed the Minister on the role Pakistan is playing in UN Peace Keeping Missions. He informed that the country has remained one of the largest troop contributing countries consistently for many decades.

At present, more than 7500 personnel of all ranks are deployed in UN Missions, he added.

The Canadian Defence Minister expressed his gratitude and accepted the invitation to visit Pakistan at mutually convenient dates. He appreciated the measures Pakistan has taken to facilitate Sikh pilgrims.