ISLAMABAD: A peace festival was held in Beijing to celebrate the international day of Peace declared by United Nations (UN) on Thursday.
The event was organized by China World Peace Foundation, in collaboration with UNESCO and Beijing International Peace Culture Foundation, said a press release.
The theme of the event was “building people-to-people bonds and promoting peace.”
Speaking on the occasion, Ambassador Masood Khalid to China highlighted the importance of lasting peace for the growth of humanity.
He mentioned that there was an urgent need to address the root causes of present day conflicts.
He advised young people to take the lead by shunning violence, extremism and by promoting dialogue and peaceful resolution of issues.
He added that humanity needs peace not merely at this time but peace for all times. Citing the example of Pakistan and China who were “all weather strategic cooperative partners”, Ambassador said relationship of the two countries was a perfect model for peaceful co-existence.
On the occasion, President of China-Pakistan Friendship Association and former Under Secretary General of the UN Ambassador Sha Zukang said that efforts must be made to achieve a world where humanity was respected.
He added that China loves peace and the One Belt One Road Initiative would make great contribution towards world’s peace and prosperity.
The event was attended by Ambassadors, Chinese officials, UNESCO representative, academics and students from Pakistan Embassy College Beijing.