LAHORE: National Assembly Member Hamza Shahbaz Sharif has said Pakistan had suffered huge losses in war against terrorism, urging the international community to acknowledge the sacrifices rendered by it.
However, he said, losses caused to the country by terrorism could only be overcome by spreading education and promoting democracy.
According to a handout, Hamza expressed these views during his meeting with Swedish parliamentary and trade delegation led by Swedish Speaker Per Westerberg on Wednesday.
Elected representatives, officials and prominent personalities from various walks of life were present on the occasion. Hamza also hosted a luncheon in the honour of guests.
Speaking on the occasion, Hamza said that education and democracy always go side by side and that promotion of education was top priority of the PML-N government. He said that Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had brought about educational revolution in the province through establishing Daanish schools, arranging foreign tours of position-holder students, establishing educational endowment fund and laptop distribution scheme.
He said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was implementing a policy of good relations with all of Pakistan’s neighbouring countries, including India and Afghanistan. He said that the PML-N government had promoted the culture of political accommodation and tolerating the difference of opinion.
He said that Pakistan wanted further strengthening its contacts and relations with Sweden at people-to-people as well as government levels. He also thanked the Swedish government in helping Pakistan achieving the GSP (Generalised System of Preference) Plus status.
Westerberg said that Sweden wanted promotion of democracy, progress and prosperity in Pakistan. He said that Sweden highly valued sacrifices made by Pakistan in war against terrorism and that it would extend every possible help and support in investment and trade sectors.
He said that Sweden was also following the principle of regional cooperation with its neighbouring countries and that the European Union was an excellent example of this multilateral regional cooperation.
In the end, Hamza gave the Swedish guest a painting of Hazoori Bagh as a memento to his visit to the city of Lahore. Members of the delegation thanked the Pakistani government for extending excellent hospitality.
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