Media asked to play vibrant role in promoting Pak-China ties
AGHA ALI RAZA
ISLAMABAD: Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting on Wednesday has asked the media to play a more vibrant role in promoting a Pak-China ties, which will put the country on path to development.
Talking to media persons after signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Wang Chen, Minister of the State Council Information Office here at a local hotel, she termed the signing of MoU a new milestone towards enhancing mutual relations.
Firdous Ashiq said signing of the MoU would further strengthen bilateral relations between the two neighbourly friends’ countries. “We will be able to learn from each other’s experiences under the media exchange programmes”, she added. “On the occasion of 60th anniversary of establishment of bilateral relations, people to people contacts would further be enhanced”, she said. She said that it would further boost Pak-China friendship. She welcomed the Chinese help to set up a Media University in Pakistan to train journalists in accordance with professional ethos. She said the signing of MoU will surely help in cementing media relations between the two countries, whose ever-lasting friendship is hallmark of their multi-faceted ties.
She said that close friendly relations of China and Pakistan are a factor for peace and stability in the region. “Our relations are based on complete trust, mutual understanding and convergence of views on all bilateral, regional and international issues”, she added.
Chinese minister Wang Chen said that Pak-China ties would further be strengthened. He acknowledged media role for promoting relations between the two countries. About the meeting, he said it was held in a very cordial manner and there was complete understanding to further boost bilateral relations in the media sector.
Earlier, MoU signing ceremony was held to further enhance friendly co-operation and interaction between the media agencies of the two countries. During the meeting, Dr Firdous Ashiq said she was representing the party of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, who laid the foundation of Sino-Pak ties. She said that President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani are following the vision of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s Pakistan People’s Party to further enhance the bilateral relations.
The Chinese Minister said that Sino and Pakistan are enjoying cordial relations and the celebrations of 60 years of bilateral relations are a testimony, which would help lead our relations to new heights. He also said that media could play important role in further developing bilateral relations and enhance mutual understanding. He invited Information Minister Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan to visit China, which she accepted.
Secretary Information and Broadcasting Taimur Azmat Osman, Managing Director Pakistan Television Corporation (PTV), Yousuf Baig Mirza, Director General Radio Pakistan Murtaza Solangi and senior officials from Ministry of Information and Broadcasting were also present on the occasion.
Source: Business Recorder