Islamabad: Acting President Farooq H. Naek has said that Pakistan and Egypt enjoy a unique relationship that draws strength from the abiding kinship of common faith and cultural affinities that go centuries back. The friendly relations between our two countries are not only at the Government-to-Government level, but the hearts of the peoples of the two great nations also beat in unison. He expressed these views as a Chief Guest on the occasion of First Anniversary of the Egyptian Revolution at the Embassy of Egypt in Islamabad today.
The Acting President extended, on behalf of Pakistan Senate, the Government and the Pakistani nation, heartiest greetings, best wishes and warmest sentiments to the Egyptian brethren and nation for having undertaken a seemingly impossible feat for the sake of democracy, human rights and justice. Full credit goes to the Egyptian people for rewriting history with their valiant struggle, steadfastness and indomitable resolve, Mr. Naek observed, adding that the revolution of last year is indeed an epoch-making phenomenon that not only changed Egypt, but also the whole world.
He said that it also underlines the power of the people, proving that through unshaken resolve, tenacity and craving for democracy, even ordinary defenceless people can change their destiny, just like our Egyptian brethren did.
The Acting President remarked that real challenge now lies in making this change sustain; to let it not go in vain, through comprehensive rebuilding, re-organizing and re-vamping to bring a significant and meaningful improvement in people’s lives. He said that key lies in not only strengthening formal democratic procedure, but also bringing about a substantial restructuring of the Egyptian economy for the well-being of all.
“It is also imperative to make progress towards a new social contract aiming at improving the living conditions of the masses as well as their productive capacity. However, to undertake all these monumental tasks, Egyptians will have to keep alive and carry forward the spirit of unity and integrity they so painstakingly symbolized and forged at the historical Tahrir Square”, he further added.
Farooq H. Naek expressed the hope that the 25th January Egyptian Revolution would herald a new dawn in Pakistan-Egypt bilateral relations, taking our time-tested fraternal ties to a yet stronger, deeper and closer level besides exploring more avenues of cooperation where we can benefit from each other’s expertise and experience, alongside promoting people-to-people contacts for enhancing our friendly relations.
He also underscored the need for a closer and more frequent interaction between the Parliaments of the two countries, saying that exchange of Parliamentary delegations and enhanced diplomatic meetings can help understand each other’s political and governance systems and contribute more to promoting better understanding between the two.
Later, the Acting President inaugurated exhibition “The Dawn of Expression” in connection with revolution to support Pakistani artists.
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