Pak, Afghan to en­hance ties to fight ter­ror­ism

The Pak Banker - - 2national -

IS­LAM­ABAD: Av­enues can be ex­plored to en­hance co­op­er­a­tion for evolv­ing a Pak-Afghan joint me­dia strat­egy to fight the men­ace of ter­ror­ism and to change the ex­trem­ist mind­set.

The was said in a meet­ing be­tween Fed­eral Min­is­ter for In­for­ma­tion and Broad­cast­ing Qa­mar Za­man Kaira and his Afghan coun­ter­part Dr Sayed Makhdoom Ra­heen who called on him, along with an Afghan me­dia del­e­ga­tion in his of­fice, here on Tues­day.

Speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion Min­is­ter for In­for­ma­tion Qa­mar Za­man Kaira said "Let us work to­gether to build a bet­ter fu­ture for the re­gion and me­dia has to play the role of a cat­a­lyst in de­feat­ing the rad­i­cal mind­set."

He said that both the coun­tries should ex­plore the com­mon grounds for en­hanc­ing co­op­er­a­tion and me­dia has to re­main in the fore­front in trans­form­ing peo­ple's minds. Pak­istan is ready to ex­tend max­i­mum co­op­er­a­tion to Afghanistan in this field, he added. Kaira hoped that the visit of Dr Ra­heen would prove a key event in bet­ter bi­lat­eral me­dia col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the two broth­erly Mus­lim na­tions who share a long ge­o­graph­i­cal border as well. The min­is­ter said that Pak­istan has his­tor­i­cally pro­vided trade fa­cil­i­ties to Afghanistan, but there is still a need to in­crease bi­lat­eral trade which in it­self would prove in­stru­men­tal to im­prove re­la­tions and se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion in the coun­tries.

He said that Pak­istan is ready to ex­tend co­op­er­a­tion in the ex­pan­sion, train­ing and ca­pac­ity build­ing of Afghan me­dia, both in state and pri­vate sec­tor. He said that In­for­ma­tion Ser­vice Academy, PTV Academy, Ra­dio Pak­istan Academy and Sha­heed Mo­htarma Be­nazir Bhutto Me­dia Uni­ver­sity can pro­vide ex­cel­lent train­ing fa­cil­i­ties to Afghan me­dia. He stressed the need for ur­gently com­ing up with con­crete pro­pos­als to ex­tend and en­hance this co­op­er­a­tion. Kaira said that in Pak­istan me­dia has wit­nessed mush­room growth and Afghanistan can ben­e­fit from our ex­pe­ri­ence in this field. He fur­ther said that the state me­dia of both the coun­tries should fur­ther ex­pand their co­op­er­a­tion.

The meet­ing also agreed to fur­ther work on pro­vid­ing mu­tual land­ing rights to one coun­try's TV chan­nels in the other coun­try.

In his re­marks, Afghan Min­is­ter for In­for­ma­tion and Cul­ture Dr Sayed Makhdoom Ra­heen said that he has spent the best years of his life in Pak­istan and he loves Pak­istan like his home­land." Pak­istan and Afghanistan share re­li­gion, his­tory, cul­ture and are ge­o­graph­i­cally linked like twin broth­ers," he added. -App

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