Chief Minister stresses importance of dialogue between nations

Friday, January 24, 2014
Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that the present age is that of dialogue, understanding and communication and all countries of the world should use these mediums in the effort to promote international peace. He said that there is a greater responsibility on the bigger countries in this regard. He said that besides relations at government level, promotion of public contacts is also essential as interaction at the level of the people provides opportunities to learn from one another’s experiences.
He was addressing a ceremony held in connection with Dehli-Lahore-Delaware Partnership, here today. American Ambassador to Pakistan and Afghanistan Ms. Robin L. Raphael, American Consul General Ms. Nina Maria Fite, members of American delegation, President Dehli-Lahore-Delaware Partnership Kathleen Meyer, Provincial Ministers Rana Sanaullah Khan, Zakiya Shahnawaz, Col.(R) Shuja Khanzada, President Pakistan Society for Peace Almas Ali Javindah, Director USAID Jeff Baken, renowned columnist Ata-ul-Haq Qasmi, Chief Secretary Punjab, senior officials and personalities belonging to different sectors were also present.  Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister welcomed the delegation of Dehli-Lahore-Delaware Partnership to Lahore and said that sit is commendable effort to promote contact at public level and success of peace initiatives. He said that Dehli-Lahore-Delaware Partnership is a good attempt to strengthen contacts at public level between Pakistan, India and America and the role of President Pakistan Society for Peace Almas Ali Javidah is highly appreciable in this regard. He said that there is a need for effective measures for promotion of public contacts in the present era as it helps in understanding one another’s culture and values. He said that economic relations between the nations are of vital importance for progress, prosperity and peace. Referring to Pak-American relations, the Chief Minister said that friendly ties between the two countries are spread over decades, however, these relations have had their ups and downs. He said that there is a need for taking measures for promotion of public contacts. He said that the wars between India and Pakistan have given nothing except poverty, unemployment and devastation to the peoples of the two countries. He said that India and Pakistan will have to live as good neighbors and resolve their disputes through dialogue. He said that besides promotion of economic and trade cooperation, India and Pakistan should spend their resources on the progress, prosperity and welfare of their people. He said that some nations which have been at loggerheads for years are now bound together in strong economic and trade ties and enemies of yesterday have become friends of today. Citing the example of China, Shahbaz Sharif said that India and China has fought two vicious battles but they have excellent trade relations today. He said that China has made investment of billions of rupees in coal-based power projects in India. He said that history is witness to the fact that hostile nations have sunk their differences and established strong economic and trade relations as the world has assumed the form of a global village and bilateral economic and trade ties between the nations have gained vital importance.
American Ambassador to Pakistan and Afghanistan and Senior Advisor Ms. Robin L. Raphel while expressing her views said that in addition to harmonious relations between states, effective measures should also be taken to promote contacts at public level. She said that Dehli-Lahore-Delaware Partnership can play an important role in strengthening public contacts between the three countries. President Dehli-Lahore-Delaware Partnership Kathleen Meyer in her address highlighted the role, aims and objectives and activities of the organization. President Pakistan Society for Peace Almas Ali Jovindah informed about the activities of his society. The participants of the meeting also submitted their proposals for making Dehli-Lahore-Delaware Partnership more effective and vibrant.