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Book ‘Chinghiz Aitmatov’s Selected Stories’ launched at PAL

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ISLAMABAD: A book titled Chinghiz Aitmatov’s Selected Stories’ was launched here at Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL). The famous stories are titled as “Jamila”, “Farewell, Gyulsary” and “Spotted Dog Running By The Edge Of The Sea”.Ambassador of the Kyrgyz Republic to Pakistan Erik Beishembiev, renowned poet Iftikhar Arif, Chairman PAL Prof. Dr.
Yousaf Khushk, Director Chief Editor PAL Muhammad Asim Butt and eminent scholars participated in the launching ceremony.


Dean of Diplomatic Corps and Ambassador of Turkmenistan Atadjan Movlamov, Ambassador of South Korea Suh Sangpyo, Ambassador of Tajikistan Ismatullo Naserdin, Ambassador of Kazakhstan Yerzhan Kistafin were also present on the occasion. Speaking about the Chingiz Aitmatov’s selected stories, Erik Beishembiev, Ambassador of the Kyrgyz
said that Chingiz Aitmatov’s Selected Stories took place in the year of the 30th Anniversary of the Independence of the Kyrgyz Republic. He spoke about the main stages of development of the Kyrgyz statehood, informed about the life path and rich literary heritage of Chingiz Aitmatov, whose works were translated into 176 languages.
Ambassador Erik further said, he was glad to note that Kyrgyzstan enjoys excellent bilateral relations with Pakistan since establishment of diplomatic relations in 1992. During
last 30 years our countries exchanged presidential visits twice, Kyrgyz Prime Ministers visited Pakistan twice, Pakistani Prime Ministers came to Kyrgyzstan four times, Speakers of the Kyrgyz parliament visited Pakistan twice and Ministers of Foreign Affairs of our
countries exchanged visits.


In June 2019, the Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan met his Kyrgyz counterpart on the sidelines of the SCO Summit in our capital Bishkek.
During conversation, they reviewed bilateral relations and agreed to hold Joint Ministerial Commission and Bilateral Political Consultations, to comprehensively upgrade mutual cooperation in diverse fields and strengthen the land and air connectivity between the two countries, to enhance people-to-people contacts and boost tourism cooperation through friendly visa regimes. Prime Minister Imran Khan invited Kyrgyz President to visit Pakistan.
Cooperation in the field of education is developing actively. About 7,000 Pakistani students are studying in Kyrgyzstan mostly in medical universities. In February this year, Kyrgyz
Minister of education and science A. Beishenaliev also visited. Talking about trade the ambassador said, the existing trade volume between Kyrgyzstan and Pakistan is not up to the actual potential that exists and both countries should work towards increasing it.
In order to promote trade and economic relations Intergovernmental Kyrgyz-Pakistani Commission was established in 1994, which held its third meeting on 11-12 January 2017
in Islamabad. Now we are expecting the Pakistani delegation to visit my country
for the next meeting of the commission. The Embassy of the Kyrgyz Republic showed a documentary film about Chingiz Aitmatov and also organized a photo exhibition and a performance on a Kyrgyz song

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