Govt com­mit­ted to counter mind­set which at­tacked Malala: Zar­dari

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IS­LAM­ABAD

Pres­i­dent Asif Ali Zar­dari ad­dress­ing the Pak­istan Lead­ers of To­mor­row con­fer­ence said the peo­ple of the coun­try were fight­ing a mind­set, which at­tacked Malala Yousafzai.

The pres­i­dent said Pak­istan was fight­ing a war against those who had ru­ined the se­cu­rity of the coun­try and would continue to do so un­til peace was re­stored.

The pres­i­dent called upon the young lead­ers to chal­lenge this mind­set in or­der to look af­ter them­selves and fu­ture gen­er­a­tions. Pres­i­dent Zar­dari em­pha­sised that it was crit­i­cal to change the mind­set which at­tacked Malala Yousafzai.

The pres­i­dent stated that a non con­tro­ver­sial leader was one who had not taken any de­ci­sions. “I am open to all criticism and am the one tol­er­at­ing the most,” he said.

Mean­while, Hiroshi Oe, Am­bas­sador of Ja­pan, Tue­day called on Pres­i­dent Asif Zar­dari at Ai­wan-e- Sadr to dis­cuss Pak-Ja­pan bi­lat­eral re­la­tions and ways to fur­ther strengthen the eco­nomic in­ter­ac­tion be­tween the two coun­tries.

The Pres­i­dent dur­ing meet­ing said that Pak­istan greatly val­ues its re­la­tions with Ja­pan and con­sid­ers Ja­pan as a strong and re­li­able de­vel­op­ment part­ner of the coun­try. Ap­pre­ci­at­ing de­vel­op­ment as­sis­tance pro­vided to the coun­try by Ja­pan the Pres­i­dent noted that dur­ing past six decades, Ja­pan has al­ways sup­ported so­cio-eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of Pak­istan.

In this re­gard, the Pres­i­dent men­tioned Ja­panese as­sis­tance dur­ing the 2005 earth­quake, the flood re­lief ef­forts and the as­sis­tance it pro­vided in erad­i­cat­ing the men­ace of po­lio from the coun­try. He also lauded Ja­pan’s role as found­ing mem­ber of Friends of Demo­cratic Pak­istan forum.

The Pres­i­dent said that it was en­cour­ag­ing to learn about var­i­ous events be­ing held in both the coun­tries to cel­e­brate the 60th an­niver­sary of our diplo­matic re­la­tions which, he said, would fur­ther strengthen our ties and help pro­mot­ing peo­ple-to-peo­ple con­tacts.

He said that Pak­istan ac­knowl­edges Ja­pan’s role in pro­mot­ing sta­bil­ity and de­vel­op­ment in the re­gion and we greatly ap­pre­ci­ate the con­struc­tive the role be­ing played by our Ja­panese friends.

Dis­cussing bi­lat­eral re­la­tions, the Pres­i­dent noted the huge po­ten­tial that ex­isted be­tween the two coun­tries to fur­ther strengthen eco­nomic ties and said that our trade and eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion was far be­low the ex­ist­ing po­ten­tial.

Invit­ing Ja­panese cor­po­ra­tions to se­ri­ously con­sider Pak­istan for undertaking long term busi­ness ven­tures, the Pres­i­dent re­counted var­i­ous in­cen­tives be­ing of­fered by the Gov­ern­ment to the busi­ness­men, in­vestors and en­trepreneurs.

On this oc­ca­sion the Pres­i­dent ap­pre­ci­ated the ef­forts made by the Ja­panese Am­bas­sador in hold­ing in­vest­ment sem­i­nars to pro­mote trade and eco­nomic ac­tiv­i­ties. The Pres­i­dent said that con­tin­u­a­tion of such ef­forts and ini­tia­tives to at­tract Ja­panese man­u­fac­tur­ers and con­sumers to­wards Pak­istani prod­ucts would be greatly ap­pre­ci­ated.

He said that with our sur­plus pro­duce of fruits, veg­eta­bles and rice, we would wel­come Ja­panese as­sis­tance in es­tab­lish­ing a Cen­ter of Ex­cel­lence in agro-pro­cess­ing in­dus­try as well as pack­ag­ing with Ja­panese stan­dards in Pak­istan.

The Pres­i­dent said Pak­istan looks for­ward to Ja­pan’s long-term en­gage­ment in the de­vel­op­ment of Pak­istan’s agro- in­dus­try in terms of land de­vel­op­ment, high qual­ity seeds, crop farm­ing, cul­ti­va­tion, dairy and fish­eries sec­tors de­vel­op­ment.

He said that Pak­istan was keen to in­crease its ex­ports of agri­cul­ture pro­duce, tex­tiles, sur­gi­cal in­stru­ments and leather prod­ucts to Ja­pan through en­hanced mar­ket op­por­tu­ni­ties. In this con­text.

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