LAHORE - Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that he is feeling fresh after “hectic interaction with courts”.

“People may presume that we are celebrating our conviction,” he told a gathering at a function in the honour of noted actress Shabnam and her husband Rabin Ghosh at the Governor’s House Saturday.

The function was organised by Pakistan Television to pay tribute to Shabnam and Robin Ghosh. The PM praised PTV for organising the ceremony.

The PM awarded the Life Time Achievement Award to Shabnum and Robin Ghosh.

He paid tribute to Shabnam and Rabin Ghosh, saying they are ambassadors of Pakistan and Bangladesh.

“Islamabad has good relations with Dhaka and other Saarc states and exchange of cultural, youth and parliamentarians’ delegations could improve people-to-people interaction.”

The PM recalled he had many friends in Bangladesh who studied with him in Lahore.

He praised the services of Shabnam and Robin Ghosh for the Pakistan’s film industry and said they would be remembered in the history of Pakistan’s film industry.

He said he was here to attend the function to show solidarity with the film industry.

“Our people were art-lovers and our youth had potential but they needed guidance. We can counter terrorism by our cultural activities.”

He said the government would do its best and would extend its cooperation to uplift the film industry.

Punjab Governor Sardar Latif Khan Khosa, Federal Information Minister Qamaruz Zaman Kaira, Makhdoom Amin Fahim, Jahangir Badr, Naveed Chaurdhry attended the function.

Shabnum and Rabin Ghosh thanked PTV for inviting them to Pakistan and also for organising a colourful ceremony in their honour. They said the current Lahore had totally changed. They said now the City had been development in every field. To a question about their good bye to Pakistani film industry, they said they had retired and they had their relatives in Bangladesh so they went there.

However, they said they would visit if Pakistanis call them.

Lollywood celebrities including Nadeem, Bahar Begum, Javed Sheikh, Nisho Begum, Mustafa Qureshi, Ghulam Mohiyyudin, Hasan Askari, Ahsan Khan, Resham, Javed Sheikh, Ali Abbas, Shamil Khan, Sila Hussain, Fareeha Pervaiz, Abbas Ali, Nadeem, Bushra Ansari and others attended the function.