Iranian Minister for Foreign Affairs Acknowledges Pakistan’s Effort in Conflict Prevention
HE. Dr. Mohammad Javad Zarif, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran called on General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) at GHQ on August 31, 2018.
Regional security situation and other matters of mutual interest were discussed in the meeting. COAS said that Pakistan is taking sincere steps for peace and security in the region. The visiting dignitary acknowledged and appreciated Pakistan’s contributions for conflict prevention in the region.
Banquet Dinner Hosted by COAS for Clergy
Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa (COAS) hosted a banquet dinner in the honour of leading Christian clergy in Pakistan. The dinner was attended, among others, by His Eminence Cardinal Joseph Coutts and Right Reverend Humphrey Sarfaraz Peters.
COAS regarded the appointment of Cardinal Coutts as a great national honour and a milestone towards fostering national harmony and accord. He lauded the contributions of Pakistani Christians in national development including promotion of quality education, healthcare and philanthropic services, making special mention of the outstanding role played by a number of minority members in the defence of the motherland.
He expressed deep respect for the Christian community and stressed upon the need for promoting greater interfaith harmony in society in order to march toward Quaid's true vision of a united and progressive Pakistan.
In their notes of gratitude, Cardinal Coutts and Reverend Peter appreciated the Army Chief’s gesture as an inspiration for Pakistani minorities to take greater and more active part in nation-building and in restoring their faith in a cohesive and tolerant society. They expressed their resolve to take steps for a more positive role by the Christian community towards national development and progress.
Other eminent dignitaries present on the occasion included Archbishop Sebastian Francis Shaw, Archbishop Joseph Arshad, Bishop Benny Mario Travas and Father Sohail Patrick. Church of Pakistan was represented by Right Reverend Irfan Jamil, Right Reverend Roderick Leo Paul, Right Reverend John Samuel, Right Reverend Alvin Samuel, Bishop Mano Rumalshah, Reverend Maqsood Kamil and Reverend Nadeem Kamil. Senator John Kenneth Williams and a few serving and retired Army officers from Christian community also formed part of the gathering which ended in prayers for national unity and prosperity.
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