Amin Fahim hails Pakistan-Japan relations
ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Commerce, Makhdoom Amin Fahim on Saturday hailed relations between Pakistan and Japan saying it would grow further in the times to come.
Speaking at the inaugural ceremony at the two-day Pakistan Bazaar in Tokyo as chief guest, Makhdoom said, “Pakistan has a great importance to its friendly ties with Japan.”
On behalf of the government and people of Pakistan, he expressed sympathies with the government and people of Japan, particularly the victims of the tsunami affected areas.
He lauded the Japanese government reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts and expressed hope that resilient people of Japan would successfully overcome that crisis.
Kunio Umeda, Director General Southwest and Southeast Asia Division Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Pakistan Bazar was part of yearlong celebrations to mark 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Pakistan.
“This Bazaar would further strengthen the cordial relations between the two countries and would bring the people of both countries close together,” he said.
Pakistan’s ambassador to Japan, Noor Muhammad Jadmani said the Bazaar would go a long way to introduce Pakistani culture, exotic cuisine and fascinating music in Japan.
“Such Bazaars could further enhance people to people contacts and help understand each other cultures,” he said.
The Bazaar attracted a large number of people from all walks of life and different age groups. They showed keen interest in Pakistani food, handicrafts and dresses.
The major attraction of the Bazaar was renowned Pakistani Qawal, Badar Ali Khan, who came all the way from Lahore to perform for Japanese audience.
Another Pakistani band Swaras, based in Canada, also performed in the Bazaar. Famous national songs were sung incited large number of Pakistanis present in the Bazaar.
Besides Pakistani music groups, Japanese artists also sung Pakistani songs and played famous Pakistani tunes.
A Japanese dancer performed classical Mughal court dance ‘Kathak’ which fascinated the audience.
The presentation of traditional Pakistani wedding ceremony, bride and bridegroom attired in traditional wedding dress were brought to the stage and a group of Japanese dancers wearing Pakistani dresses performed traditional wedding dances on the tunes of famous wedding songs.
The appearance Japanese celebrities such as Antonio Inoki, former member of the Japan’s House of Representatives and renowned retired wrestler was a huge attraction for the people present in the Bazaar. The famous Japanese singer Masako Shindo sung Pakistani and Japanese national anthems.
The most important event of the Bazaar was to remember the victims of Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of March 11, 2011. app