Society in India and Pakistan, Closing & Thanks
Based on the procedings of the seminar "The
Role Of Civil Society in Pakistan and India:
Peace, Conflict Resolution, Democracy" by Jang Group of Newspapers
(Pakistan) & Friedrich/Naumann Foundation (Germany), September
12-13, 1997 at Pearl Continental Hotel, Karachi.
Text edited by Khurram Ali Shafique and Farida Z.
Closing Remarks & Thanks
Closing remarks from India
Closing remarks from Pakistan
Vote of thanks
Mr. S.V. Raju summed up the seminar proceedings
by remarking that "all good things must come to an end."
He said that he was touched by the warmth and friendship shown by
their Pakistani friends and thanked the Jang Group of publication
and the Friedrich/Naumann Foundation for holding this seminar.
He said that they, the Indian participants, were in
for a pleasant surprise when they found their Pakistani counterparts
to be frank and open in their views. They were under the wrong impression
that because of their experience under military rule, they Pakistani
participants would be inhibited but this was not to be the case.
He also stressed that since we are basically
people of the same stock and share the same culture and experience,
they did not feel like in a foreign land in Pakistan. In response
to the criticism of such seminars, he said that not all seminars
end up for their own sake and this one has been successful in being
Closing remarks from
Mr. Rehman began by asking the question: dialogues
between India and Pakistan are taking place at various levels, so
what is different about this seminar?
He felt that in the seminar "we have looked at
peoples capacity to influence their governments."
A lot of new area was covered in this seminar and
therefore depth and detail were compromised. "There is no harm
in admitting that in terms of concrete suggestions we have not covered
much ground." Yet it has been ambitious and worthwhile in terms
of the breadth of the topics discussed.
He suggested that the deliberations of this seminar
should be translated into respective national languages and widely
disseminated. Also, follow-up meetings should take place to pick
up certain problem areas and find solutions. He thanked the Jang
group of Publications and the Freidrich/Naumann Foundation for facilitating
this exchange of ideas and ended on an optimistic note by saying
that "the days of shouting and firing will soon come to an
Vote of Thanks
Mr. Ghazi Salahuddin, Editing Director of Jang Group
of Publications, offered his thanks to the Indian guests, the Freidich/Naumann
Foundation, Dr. Rene Klaff and Dr. Rainer Adam.
In response to the criticism that such seminars do
not touch the common man (who do not understand English, the language
used in this seminar), he said that the flagship of Jang Group of
publications was the Urdu daily Jang and it was providing
excellent and comprehensive reporting of the proceedings of this
He also emphasised that the Jang Group had taken the
initiative of this seminar and that this seminar had been funded
equally by the Jang Group and the Freidrich Neiman Foundation and
not solely by the foreign sponsor. He also thanked his Editor- in
-Chief, Mir Shakeel-ur-Rehman for taking interest and providing
He said that this seminar had been different from
other such seminars because a lot of thought had been put in the
design of the seminar as well as the choice of the speakers. They
had only invited people whom they felt were genuinely interested
in civil society issue, were experts in their respective field and
not just anyone off the street. He felt that a lot has been learnt
and exchanged and many useful things have come out of it which need
to be built upon and pursued further.
He said that the Jang Group of Publications also had
a civil responsibility of "Public Jounalism" to fulfil
and arranging this seminar has been a step in that direction. He
said that" An open society is the vested interest of the print
media" He assured that the proceedings of this seminar would
be translated into both English and Urdu and published in the form
Lastly, he thanked the Indian guests for their
co-operation and said that he looked forward in future such support
Notes on Speakers
Source: The Role Of Civil Society in Pakistan
Peace, Conflict Resolution, Democracy: Procedings of the seminar
by Jang Group of Newspapers (Pakistan) & Friedrich/Naumann
Edited by Khurram Ali Shafique and Farida Z. Hemani
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