Pakistan's Minister of Labour and Works, Mr. Mohammed Hanif, gave a banquet in Rawalpindi on?
Pakistan's Minister of Labour and Works, Mr. Mohammed Hanif, gave a banquet in Rawalpindi on 24th April, in honour of the visiting 14-man team of officials from Uganda who are touring Pakistan to recruit skilled workers for Uganda. The team is being led by the Ugandan Minister of Information, Major Juma Oris.
In an after-dinner address, Mr. Hanif said that it was the policy of the Pakistan Government to be helpful to the friendly countries in making Pakistani manpower available to them. He said that Pakistan had sufficient numbers of skilled men, and they had therefore created a new Division of Manpower of Pakistan which would help Uganda in its recruiting campaign.
The leader of the Ugandan delegation, Majro Dris. said that President Id??? Amin was impressed by Pakistani hospitality, and Uganda preferred to have skilled labour from Pakistan, rather than from Western countreis. He denied that certain Pakistanis had been expelled from Uganda.
Later on his tour of pakistan, Major Oris accused the Western press of interfering in his recruitment campaign. Radio Uganda quoted him as saying that British and other newsmen were asking confusing questions, such as why President Idi Amin, who expelled Pakistanis from Uganda, sent a team to Pakistan to recruit workers?
In 1972, at the behest of President Amin, some 40,000 Asians left Uganda. Most went to Britain as they held British passports.
During the tour of Pakistan, Major Oris met a man who had fought in the Second World War, who said he wanted to go to Uganda. The man showed him his war medals, and the Major spent some time talking with hime.
On this particular day the Ugandan team signed up men qualified as engineers, lecturers, magistrates, legal draughtsmen, accountants, mechanical and civil engineers, agricultural specialists, veterinary surgeons, and dentists.