Bahira University student Zulqarnain Khan received the return air ticket from Pakistan to Kazakhstan as the first prize in an essay competition – Knowing Kazakhstan – in Islamabad.
Umm-e-Salma from the University of Sargodha secured the second position, and received a smartphone, while Taj Mir Khan from the University of Engineering and Technology of Peshawar received a tablet, as a third price. Certificates were also distributed among the participants of the essay competition.
Speaking at the prize and certificate distribution ceremony, Kazakh Ambassador Yerzhan Kistafin said that the young people played a significant role in building bridges and fostering relationships amongst countries. He said that the engagement of youth in meaningful conversations and inviting them to share the latest ideas might help Pakistan and Kazakhstan to reach phenomenal heights of cooperation.
Ambassador Yerzhan Kistafin invites youngsters to share ideas to promote deeper understanding and bilateral cooperation
The competition was organized by the Embassy of Kazakhstan in Pakistan and the Centre for Central Asia and Eurasian Studies, and the Institute of Peace and Diplomatic Studies against the backdrop of the 30th anniversary celebrations of relations between the two South and Central Asian friendly countries.
In a news release, the embassy officials said that the competition was aimed to promote a deeper understanding and stronger bilateral cooperation between the younger generation of Pakistan and Kazakhstan. The ambassador shared his insights about Pakistan-Kazakhstan relations and the latest updates and developments during the ceremony.
Yerzhan Kistafin also spoke about the importance of engaging the youth in meaningful conversations and inviting them to share their latest ideas. Kazakhstan, a Central Asian country, extends from the Caspian Sea in the west to the Altai Mountains at its eastern border with China and Russia.
Last week, the ambassador said that direct flights from Pakistan to Kazakhstan will be launched in June 2023, which will boost cooperation between the two countries. He asked the Pakistanis and Kazakh people to focus on education that can help to develop and strengthen the bilateral ties. He said that more interest was being developed in Pakistani students to get higher education from Kazakh universities.