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People-to-people contacts seen central to peace

People-to-people contacts seen central to peace

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Sep 13, 2018 - 11:08

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Increased people-to-people contacts among Central Asian states are necessary to achieve lasting peace and prosperity in the region, speakers at a seminar said.

Frequent exchanges of delegations at different levels were suggested to banish terrorism and extremism and promote regional peace.

The seminar -- Festival for Peace and Regional Convergence -- was organised by Mediothek Afghanistaninfo-icon in collaboration with the German Embassy at Lok Virsa in Islamabad.

, deputy chief of mission at the Afghan embassy, assured Kabulinfo-icon’s full support for people-to-people contacts. He also sought support for civil societyinfo-icon organisations.

Coordinator of Mediothek Muhammad Atif Faqirzadah said they planned arranging more workshops, seminars and festivals in Tajikistan, Pakistaninfo-icon and Afghanistan.

Director of Media House Dr Shahjahan Baig said: "We share strong cultural, geographical, political and religious bonds with Afghanistan.”

Shahjahan added terrorism had been imposed upon the peace-loving region -- home to great poets, scholars, educationists and entrepreneurs,

Chairman of Pakistan Press Council Dr Salahuddin said: "Without peace, we cannot get educationinfo-icon or develop our economies. People-to-people contacts are essential to bring the regional states closer.”

Deputy Ambassador of Tajikistan Shah Ali Jononov  asked media houses to play a proactive role in promoting peace and preaching love.

Singers from Tajikistan, Pakistan and Afghanistan enthralled the participants with song in their respective languages.

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