Pakistan emphasizes to reinforce historical linkages with Uzbekistan: Ch. Fawad

Information Minister underscored that both countries had an inspired history of Sufism which creates a great bond between the people of two states on the notion of spirituality

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Islamabad: Chaudhry Fawad Hussain, Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting in a meeting with H.E. Mr. Aybek Arif Usmanov, the Ambassador of Uzbekistan who called on him here, today emphasized the need to reinforce historical cultural linkages with Uzbekistan, as both countries share immense commonalities and traditions. Strengthening of cultural ties between Pakistan and Uzbekistan will help explore each other further besides promoting people to people contacts, he said.

Information Minister underscored that both countries had an inspired history of Sufism which creates a great bond between the people of two states on the notion of spirituality. He said that Sufism had travelled from Central Asian States to South Asian Region carrying its lofty ideals of piety, peace, harmony and co-existence. He added that Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony can play a vital role in further cementing this historical connection.

Both sides agreed to take forward the proposal to produce joint movies on the lives of Mughal Emperor Zaheer ud Din Babar and legendry poet Asad Ullah Ghalib. The proposal in this connection came up during the visit of Prime Minister of Pakistan to Uzbekistan where it was agreed that an expert group will be constituted with the view to execute the project, the Minister said.

Chaudhry Fawad Hussain added that Pakistan will provide its dramas to Uzbekistan which could be dubbed in Uzbek language for telecast in Uzbekistan. He also proposed that Pakistan Television can telecast documentaries of historical Uzbek sites of Samarkand and Bukhara. He informed the Ambassador that a private Pakistani TV channel has already provided two dramas “Chupkay Chupkay and Humsafar” to Uzbekistan.

The Minister said that the dream of building a rail track between Karachi and Tashkent and the start of truck service from Pakistan to Central Asia can only be materialized with peace and stability in the region.

Speaking on the occasion, the Uzbek Ambassador commended Pakistan’s role in strengthening regional stability and evacuating the foreign nationals from Afghanistan. He also asked the Minister to share historical pictures from the archives of Press Information Department for their onward use in his country.

Adding to this, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain said on Friday that the lawyers’ productive role for the rule of law and supremacy of the Constitution was part of the history.

Talking to a delegation of District Bar Council Jhelum here he said lawyers were defenders of democracy, human rights and constitution.

Briefing the lawyers on the details of the NAB Ordinance, he said the President issued NAB (Second Amendment) Ordinance 2021 under Article 89 of the Constitution.

Fawad said that under the ordinance accountability courts will be constituted with the consultation of the President and Chief Justice of Pakistan.  The powers of the Prosecutor General have been enhanced in the NAB Ordinance, he said adding that under this ordinance, the power of bail will now be vested in the lower courts.  Most of the amendments to the NAB ordinance that were being criticized by the opposition today, were included in this ordinance on their proposals.  The government is well aware of the problems of the legal community, said Chaudhry Fawad, adding that new chambers would be set up for District Bar Jhelum. He said young lawyers would be given loans under Kamyab Jawan program for construction of chambers. He said that the government was also considering to provide health cards to the lawyers community.

The Federal Minister for Information also briefed the lawyers about the details of development projects in Jhelum.

Fawad said a modern amusement park will be set up near Jhelum river.  He said that dualization of 126 km Lillah-Pind Dadan Khan-Jhelum road costing Rs 16 billion would usher in a new era of development in the area.

The legal community appreciated the efforts of Chaudhry Fawad Hussain, Advocate General Punjab Faisal Chaudhry and Sarfraz Chaudhry in launching development projects and welfare schemes in the area.

The lawyers congratulated the Federal Minister for Information on the glorious victory of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) in the Cantonment Board elections in Jhelum.

They praised the government’s steps towards electoral reforms and holding the next election on electronic voting machines.

The meeting was attended by District Bar Jhelum President Raja Tauqeer Ahmad Khan, General Secretary Raja Nasrullah Wasim, Joint Secretary Chaudhry Asif Bashir Advocate. Punjab Bar Council member Raja Zafar Iqbal, former President District Bar Jhelum Chaudhry Abdul Rashid Gondal, former Punjab Bar Council members Raja  Shakeel Ahmed Advocate, Raja Mohammad Farooq Raza, Former General Secretary District Bar Jhelum Chaudhry Mohammad Hakeem Al Rasool Advocate, Malik Rizwan Ahmed Advocate, Shahid Aziz Gondal Advocate, Chaudhry Naveed Imtiaz Advocate, Former Vice Chairman Punjab Bar Council Chaudhry Mohammad Hussain Advocate and Arshad Mahmood  Janjua Advocate were also present.

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