Commemoration: Pakistan-China friendship to be celebrated

Published: January 24, 2011
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‘Chinese language should be part of school curriculum,’ says Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) President Mahfooz Elahi.

‘Chinese language should be part of school curriculum,’ says Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) President Mahfooz Elahi.

LAHORE: The government of Pakistan has declared 2011 as “the year of friendship between Pakistan and China” to mark the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two nations. The foreign secretary, Salman Bashir, has asked chief ministers and governors to hold events throughout the year to celebrate the friendship.

A notice had been sent to educational institutes in the provinces. Each institution is encouraged to make its own calendar for holding special events relating to the Pakistan-China friendship.

The Chambers of Commerce and Industry have also been called upon to consider holding events such as business conferences and formal receptions.

The provincial governments may also organise special programmes in various cities and districts. The Punjab government has sent these recommendations to all the DCOs and higher education officials. May 21st, the date of establishment of ties, has been set aside for special events and functions.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 24th, 2011.

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  • rehan
    Jan 24, 2011 - 12:40PM

    I am in Sudan as part of UN Peacekeeping Force.We have a Chinese Battalion next to us.They invited us to dinner on 1st January,and specifically mentioned thaat apart from being a New Year celebration their purpose was to celebrate PakChina Friendship Year.It was from there that we got to know of 2011 as Pak China year(Thanks to our press and Government propaganda machine!).I agree with introducing Chinese as a language in our schools..be it optional.It will be of use in the future.Recommend

  • Jan 24, 2011 - 1:18PM

    I love chinese nation and their attitude as a nation. The language concept is some unique idea and it can give us a chance to come out of English and American psyshic control….Recommend

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