Pak, Afghan to enhance ties to fight terrorism
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