NOBEL PEACE AWARD FOR TUNISIA N.D.Q - CELEBRATION IN ISLAMABAD - WARM FEELINGS SENT FROM PAKISTAN

Founder Editor Tazeen Akhtar..

Islamabad (Special Report) Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet was awarded with the prestigious 2015 Peace Nobel Prize, this month, for the first  time in the political  history  of Tunisia. The Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet is a coalition of civil society groups made up of the General  Labor  Union; the  Tunisian  Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts; the Tunisian Human Rights League; and the Tunisian Order of Lawyers. This group saved Tunisia when it was on the brink of civil war. They came together in the summer of 2013 when Tunisia was at a crossroads between a nascent democracy and violence, following political assassinations and widespread social unrest to establish an alternative, peaceful political process. The quartet drew up a roadmap that succeeded to steer Tunisia away from the path to conflict towards the path to political compromise. It called for the then cabinet to resign and formed an inclusive government where dialogue and consensus, rather than domination and exclusion, was the watchword of the Tunisian transition from an authoritarian to a democratic state.

H. E. Mr Adel ELARBI, Ambassador of the Republic of Tunisia to Pakistan hosted a dinner in that connection and to welcome new Ambassadors appointed to Pakistan.Chief Guest, was Mr. Sartaj Aziz, Advisor to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs of Pakistan. A large number of Ambassadors from across the world countries were also present to express their solidarity with the people of Tunisia. Dean of Diplomatic Corps Rodolfo Martin Saravia, Ambassador of Ukraine Vlad Kakomov, Ambassador of Cuba Jesus Zenin, Ambassador of Romania Emilion ION, Ambassador of Brazil Claudio Linz, Ambassador of France Martin Dorance, Ambassador of Bosnia Nedim Makarevic,Ambassador of Tajikistan Sher Ali,  Ambassador of Syria, Ambassador of Austria Dr Brigitta Blaha, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Abdulla Bin Marzouq Al-Zahrani, Ambassador of UAE Eisa Abdullah Al Basha Al-Nuaimi, Ambassador of Bahrain Mohamed Ebrahim Mohamed, Ambassador of Egypt Sherif Shaheen, Ambassador of Lebanon Mrs Mona El Tannir, Ambassador of the State of Qatar Saqr Bin Mubarak Al-Mansouri, Ambassador of Oman Ahmed Khamis Salim Al Jamr participated.

Sartaj Aziz, in his keynote address appreciated the struggle of Nationa Dialogue Quartet. He said that the group had done a remarkable job by not letting their countrymen towards wrong direction. Recognition from entire world is their pride. Pakistan observed all this process very closely and we have learnt a lot from our Tunisian brothers. We wish them best in the future and we are sure that Tunisia will further win more world attention and repute through her journcy towards a prosperous and peaceful nation. Sartaj Aziz congratulated Tunisia Government and Nation on achieving such a great milestone in their history and expressed warm feelings from Pakistani side.

Mr Adel ELARBI, Ambassador of the Republic of Tunisia pronounced a very thoughtful and mind blowing speech at the occasion in his welcome address.

Here is the text of his speech;

Excellencies, Thank you very much for coming to share this occasion with us. We feel deeply honored by your presence.

In particular, I would like to thank His Excellency Mr. Sartaj Aziz, Advisor to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan who has just returned from his trip to Washington for putting aside precious time to be with us. Excellency, your presence has made this occasion even more significant. It came also in a very hard time since yesterday Pakistan and Afghanistan witnessed an earth quake as well as other countries in the region. On behalf of my government I would like to convey my sincerest condolences and my deepest feelings of sympathy and solidarity with the Governments and people of Pakistan and Afghanistan as well as all the regions touched by this natural catastrophe. We pray for the victims and their families and we wish prompt recovery for all the injured people.        

Furthermore, I would like to take the opportunity to welcome Your Excellencies the newly appointed Ambassadors and Head of Missions to Pakistan. I wish you continued success in your noble mission. I’m sure that you will discover a beautiful country with great Pakistani people full of good values, generosity and a wonderful sense of hospitality.

Dear friends,

Since Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to those who shall have conferred the greatest benefit on mankind; we can find no better expression than through The Tunisian ​​National ​​dialogue Quartet. In fact, the Quartet leaders, laureates of 2015

Nobel Peace Prize, are perfectly the people whom Alfred Nobel in his will calls "champions of peace" as they saved my country Tunisia when it was on the brink of civil war. And we are very thankful to the Nobel price comity for this international recognition.

The Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet is a coalition of civil society groups made up of the General Labor Union; the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts; the Tunisian Human Rights League; and the Tunisian Order of Lawyers. They came together in the summer of 2013 when Tunisia was at a crossroads between a nascent democracy and violence, following political assassinations and widespread social unrest to establish an alternative, peaceful political process. The quartet drew up a roadmap that succeeded to steer Tunisia away from the path to conflict towards the path to political compromise. It called for the then cabinet to resign and formed an inclusive government where dialogue and consensus, rather than domination and exclusion, was the watchword of the Tunisian transition from an authoritarian to a democratic state.

In this regard, the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet succeeded to engage Tunisian people with a spirit of compromise and consensus in a nation-wide project of developing a new system which respects the rights and dignity of its citizens. This project has been distinguished with its peacefulness and the inclusion of civil society in a process intended to purge the system of the bad habits of the old regime and build new, democratic institutions, and to draft a new progressive constitution that meets the legitimate aspirations of all Tunisians for responsive, accountable governance and respect for their universal human rights.

The coronation of the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet with the prestigious Nobel Peace the first time in the political history of Tunisia, provides the opportunity to reflect upon on the impressive achievements made by the Tunisian people over the past years as well as on the obstacles and challenges that remain to realize their aspirations for a better future for Tunisia on the domestic, regional and international levels. In this connection, Tunisia continues to face significant challenges chief of them eradicating extremism and implementing the adequate economic policies that will to tackle the problems of poverty, unemployment, regional disparities. Such challenges require holistic efforts by international community.

Honorable Chief Guest,

Excellencies,

Distinguished guests,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

  I would like to avail this opportunity to extend my sincere gratitude to the Government and people of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan which helped Tunisia even before its independence, as well as to all our brotherly and friendly countries and peoples who have expressed their unwavering solidarity with my country by many wonderful ways throughout the most delicate stage of its modern history. Such acts of solidarity confirm that Tunisia will remain as it has always been a beacon for peace, tolerance and dialogue between cultures and civilizations.

Thank you very much for your attention