Islamabad: The ties between Sri Lanka and Pakistan are historic in nature. Both the states have shown deep understanding of each other’s problems and challenges. It is important to promote people-to-people contacts and the exchange of ideas and delegates to further strengthen the relations between the two South Asian countries. Federal Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Maula Buksh Chandio expressed these views while talking to Sri Lankan High Commissioner C S Weerasooria, who called on him at his office in Islamabad today.
Tracing the rough patch in Sri Lankan recent history when the country was passing through active insurgency, the federal minister appreciated that the Sri Lankan government and people have very successfully quelled the wave of insurgency; the way Sinhala people are being made the part of the political mainstream is commendable.
The federal minister further said that since Pakistan is also passing through difficult phase currently so it can learn many things out of the Sri Lankan experience.
Mr. Weerasooria formally invited the federal Law minister to attend the Golden Jubilee Sessions of the Asian African Legal Consultative Organization (AALCO) to be held in Colombo, Sri Lanka from 26th June to 1st July 2011.
The Asian African Legal Consultative Organization (AALCO), constituted on November 15, 1956, is considered to be the tangible outcome of the historic 1955 Bandung Conference. Sri Lanka has been accorded the honour of holding Golden Jubilee Session of AALCO.
Mr. Weerasooria brought into the notice of the federal minister that an MoU has been signed between Sri Lanka and the Sindh government on education. Dilating upon the Sri Lankan education system, the High Commissioner told that the free education policy has helped Sri Lanka achieve 100% literacy rate; it is mandatory for every child to go to school, where books and uniforms are provided to every one free of cost. The High Commissioner talked about the Sri Lankan Child Protection Authority, which send those parents to jail who don’t send their children to school.
Mr. Weerasooria also apprised the federal law minister about the youth exchange program between the two countries. Through this program, the youth of the two countries are getting an opportunity to get firsthand knowledge about the people and socio-political system. The minister said that such programs need to be increased in number to bring the peoples of the two countries further closer.
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