LAHORE– Punjab Governor Sardar Latif Khan Khosa has assured of full security to the Australian team if it visits Pakistan.

Delivering speech at a function arranged under title of “Australia Day in Spring” by Honorary Consul of Austria for Punjab, Mr Saleem Ghauri here Friday, the Punjab Governor said that cricket is a passion in Pakistan and Pakistan looks forward to Australia and other cricket playing states to come here and contribute to the worldwide promotion of this game.

Australian High Commissioner to Pakistan Timothy George, Punjab Minister for Agriculture, Ali Ahmad Aulekh, Australian businessmen, former Federal Minister Sartaj Aziz, and dignitaries of the town attended the function. An Australian mini orchestra enthralled the gathering through playing melodious Pakistani and Australians tunes. They received special applause from the gathering for playing Pakistan and Australian national anthem.

Continuing Punjab Governor said security concerns of the foreign cricketers have been largely addressed after 2009 incident, and he promised to ensure every measure to the satisfaction of the visiting teams if they come to Pakistan.

Khosa particularly highlighted cricket ties between Austria and Pakistan and said, the resumption of cricket matches between the two in Pakistan would not only further cement friendly bonds but also go to bring the people of both countries closer and address misperceptions in addition to help advance in trade and other areas. Speaking on the war on terror, the Governor said that Pakistan lost over 40000 lives of the soldiers and civilians in addition to infrastructural loss of billions of dollars in this war and what got in return from the world, was not even a peanut of it. He said Pakistan economy has greatly suffered due to this war and now it wants the world to help it with trade instead of aid so that it could also attain prosperity and development.  In foreign relations, Mr Khosa said Pakistan wants friendly bonds with India and other nations and firmly believes that war is no solution but it begets misery and poverty so must be avoided to the maximum.

 He said Pakistan is trying to resolve disputes with India. However, he said peace would be largely ensured in the region when all outstanding issues and irritants including Kashmir will be resolved in the spirit of the UN resolutions.  He ‘beseeched’ Australia to also play its role in this regard.  Mr Tim George in his brief address focused on the trade and friendly relationship of both countries and expressed that Australia investors and traders feel great potential in Pakistan, particularly Punjab, where business relations can be highly mutually beneficial. He also highlighted the education and other areas where both countries are already engaged.