Sunday, October 18, 2009

Linking Script "Chinese Cultural Show" Venue President House. Islamabad. Pakistan


AMER RIZWAN (Copyrights reserved @ Amer Rizwan)

Honourable Chief Guest His Excellency the President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, respectable foreign dignitaries and noble ladies and gentlemen; I warmly welcome you to this august gala gathering.

The irresistible spirit of love and sympathy that signify Pakistan-China friendship is proverbially mightier and loftier than the colossal mountains that separate the two nations. This friendship is based on complete trust, mutual understanding and shared aspirations for peace and progress.

Keeping with this bond of sincerity and good-neighbourliness, the two peoples are observing the “China Cultural Week” as a part of high-profile events to mark and celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. This cultural show by the Chinese artists and acrobats is one of the essential components of this grand fête.

Pakistan greatly cherishes its unique and multidimensional friendship with People’s Republic of China which spans a vast spectrum of political, strategic, defence, economic and trade, culture and people-to-people contacts. The Government of Pakistan People’s Party has a special sense of attachment to this bond of all-weather and time-tested friendship. The founding chairman of Pakistan People’s Party has been the pioneer of this exemplary friendship. Chairman Mao Zedong and Zhou En Lai together with Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto laid the foundation of this camaraderie which was further consolidated during the two stints of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto. In recognition to this time-tested and durable engagement, Benazir Bhutto visited China on Feb. 11-14 on her first official trip abroad. The principal architect of this association, Late Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto had the vision to build a strategic relationship with China at a time when the latter was isolated. Later this great leader in his various capacities tended these relations to their new strategic heights. Even before formally cultivating any warm relationship with the People’s Republic of China, this political genius differed with many western countries by not voting against China’s membership in the UN in 1960.

“Islam is our faith; Democracy is our policy; Socialism is our economy; all power to the people” was his motto. There was a great deal of identity and commonality of purpose in the ideals and goals of the founder of Pakistan People’s Party and those of the Communist Party China.

Although their approach to realizing these ideals differed a good deal yet the spirit and commitment to their realization was the same. Despite different social systems, ideologies and political beliefs, both countries have gone beyond these differences and continued their all-weather cooperation in all fields by practicing Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence. History has proven that China-Pakistan friendship conforms to the strategic interests of the two countries, represents the common aspirations of the two peoples and contributes to regional and world peace. In continuation with this great tradition, the latest visit to China by His Excellency President Zardari would go a long way in further consolidating these ties.

Pakistan and China would continue common endeavours for building a new future for its people and for promotion of international peace, stability and prosperity; peace and stability that is one of the basic sine qua non for the growth of art, architecture, culture and music.

Let me acknowledge here that Chinese civilization has contributed enormously to the global culture through its ingenuity, richness and diversity.

I would now invite my fellow guest compere to hold on the charge of the show and to call upon the Chinese team to mesmerize this very attentive and appreciative audience. Let me whet your eagerness by sharing with you that the performances would include Chinese acrobats, folk tune, songs and a magic show.

Please hold your excitement to have a magnificent melody princess with you…..I would now call upon the modern music maestro Hadiqa Kiyani to enthrall the audience with her pleasing voice.

Invitation to the President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

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