ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan-Japan Friendship Forum (PJFF) was established on Tuesday to further promote the friendly ties between the two countries.
The inauguration ceremony was held at the official residence of Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan Takashi Kurai on Tuesday.
The PJFF was established with an aim to promote cultural relations and further strengthen people-to-people contacts between Japan and Pakistan. The forum was founded by its chairman Khalid Malik, a renowned businessman, with a vision to further strengthen the friendly relations.
The inaugural ceremony was attended by the representatives of Pakistani cultural organizations, members of business community, former Pakistani alumni of Japanese universities and other important socio-cultural personalities of the capital city.
Ambassador Kurai speaking at the ceremony congratulated Khalid Malik for making tremendous efforts to establish Pakistan- Japan Friendship Forum and hoped that this forum would help further strengthen the existing friendly relations between Japan and Pakistan.
He said people-to-people contacts were the very foundation for the whole relationship between two countries and expressed his optimism that the new forum of friendship would do its best for further deepening the bilateral relations.
Kurai also paid tributes to former minister Ghulam Abbas for his dedication for promoting Pakistan-Japan relations and thanked him for donating WADAIKO drums to Islamabad Japanese School which were made in Sialkot.
Pakistan-Japan Friendship Forum Chairman Khalid Malik said that both countries had potential to further promote their relationships in all fields including culture, business, education and sports.
He thanked the Japanese ambassador for his support in establishing PJFF. The participants were also entertained with the skilful performance by the Japanese drum beaters.