OTTAWA - Canada’s Governor General David Johnson has offered his condolences on the strong earthquake that was felt in northern Pakistan and said that the people of Canada extend their sympathies to all those who are struggling in its aftermath.

He said this during a meeting with Tariq Azim Khan, High Commissioner of Pakistan to Ottawa, after receiving letters of Credence and Recall from Tariq at a ceremony at Rideau Hall.

David Johnson further said that Canada highly values its relationship with Pakistan as people-to-people ties between the two countries are very strong.

Chantal Chastenay, Deputy Chief of protocol of Canada, introduced the Head of Mission-designate with his brief biography. The Governor General congratulated Tariq Azim on his appointment as High Commissioner for Pakistan, and said that it was a pleasure to welcome him back to Canada after several previous visits. He said that Azim has had a varied and interesting career in both the public and private sector which can enhance his ability to excel as High Commissioner.

For more than one hundred years members of Pakistani community have greatly enriched this country. The Governor General recalled his last visit to Pakistan in 1980 and conveyed his good wishes to the country.

Tariq Azim conveyed to the Governor General greetings from the President and Prime Minister of Pakistan. At the end of the ceremony there was a reception and a tour of the historic Rideau Hall.

Later, Tariq Azim Khan hosted a reception at Pakistan House which was attended by Senior diplomats, members of Parliament and senior officers from DFATD.