Dr. Dan Tidten Press and Culture of German Embassy Islamabad addressing the meet the press at National Press club, Islamabad

Bilateral Relations between Pakistan and Germany Moving Steadily: Dr. Dan Tidten

Arif Qureshi

Islamabad: Head of Press and Culture of German Embassy Islamabad Dr. Dan Tidten, was the guest of day at National press club programme Meet the Press on Thursday. Addressing on the occasion Dr. Dan Tidten, expressed in details his country’s policy towards Afghanistan, Kashmir and United States run drone strikes campaign in tribal areas of Pakistan. President National Press club Shakeel Anjum and secretary General Imran Yaqoob Dhillon briefed the distinguished guest about the formation and structure of Islamabad Press club.

Speaking about the Indian Pakistan relations and Kashmir issue, Dr. Dan Tidten, said we in Europe also had faced issues like Kashmir for decade but we solve these issues through dialogue. Kashmir is an oldest issue between Pakistan and India and there is no solution of this problem except dialogue to resolve this issue, Dr. Dan Tidten added. Commenting about the recent drone strike Dr. Dan Tidten, was of the opinion that he said that Germany is strong advocate of international law.

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Speaking on importance of media in modern world Dr. Dan Tidten said that free media is most important pillar in democracy. He said many people may not travel here, but through media they made their impression regarding Pakistan. Dr Tidten said that through DW global media training of Pakistani and other journalist taking place in Germany. He said all five political foundations of Germany office’s here are existing. But, it is not case with many other countries. These foundations are working for strengthening of democracy, parliament, media and other Pakistani institutions.

It is noted that Germany is supporting every field to Pakistan on last Tuesday German Ambassador to paksitan Ina Lepel and Omer Aftab, CEO of Women Empowerment Group (WEG), launched a project to end violence against women. The project involves an awareness campaign, capacity building and advocacy.  Addressing on the occasion german Ambassador to Pakistan Ms.Ina Lepel said that Germany strongly believe that closing the gaps between men and women in health, education, politics and economic participation will contribute to a more equitable and more prosperous society in Pakistan. Ambassador Lepel appreciated WEG’s commitment and hard work for the rights of women in Pakistan.

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In the field of business the German Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GPCCI) were inaugurated in Karachi last Friday. GPCCI is the first European bilateral chamber in Pakistan. It will support its members by offering an ever-increasing range of services aimed at facilitating bilateral trade and direct investment. German Ambassador Ina Lepel, Dr. Stephan Oswald, Head of Division of the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, and Rainer Schmiedchen, German Consul General in Karachi as well as prominent business leaders were present. The GPCCI will work together closely with GPTI, PGBF as well as the newly created Pakistan German Renewable Energy Forum in Lahore.

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