President Asif Ali Zardari to leave for Myanmar

In a bid to enhance bilateral ties, President Asif Ali Zardari will be leaving for Myanmar on Tuesday for a two-day official visit.

The president will hold meeting with his counterpart, U Thein Sein, to promote economic and trade cooperation between two states as well as enhancing consultation and in collaboration in the multiparty dome.

Farhatullah Babar, the presidential spokesperson, while speaking to the media said that Asif Ali According to the spokesperson, the bilateral talks between the two counterparts will concentrate on building a inclusive and mutually beneficial affiliation.

In his view, Myanmar is a key member of ASEAN and President Zardari will also raise the issue of upgrading institutional relations with the ASEAN to full dialogue partnership. The two leaders will also consider ways and means to enhance the bilateral ties and promote cooperation in oil and gas sector, the spokesperson stated.

Zardari will also hold a meeting with Aung San Suu Kyi, the democratic icon and Noble Peace Prize winner. It is vital to mention here that the president will make a special travel from the Nay Pai Taw to Yangoon to meet the democratic figure.

Aung San Suu Kyi has been under house arrest since 1990 but she continued a non-violent political approach. It was her non-violent loom and continued sacrifices for democracy that many governments and international personalities have been calling upon for her release.

Ultimately, she was freed on November 2010. Besides achieving many international awards, she is considered a symbol of democracy in International Politics.

Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, the two-time former Prime Minister of Pakistan had been in touch with Aung San Suu Kyi. She wrote when Aung was temporarily freed, back in 2002, “This is a great moment in the life of the people of Myanmar for whom your leadership symbolizes freedom and democracy. I hope that the release also signifies the first step by the Myanmar regime to build confidence with the opposition”.

She also observed, “As an Asian leader who knows exile and imprisonment for her Party, her family and herself, hearing of your release gladdened my heart. It is suffering for a cause greater than oneself, a cause dedicated to the people of one’s motherland that enables one to feel happiness in the face of triumph”.