Govt committed to counter mindset which attacked Malala: Zardari
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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