SAFMA aims to achieve sensitized and responsible media community and informed public as a mainstay of tolerance, peace, harmony and cooperation. Its purpose is to develop mainstream media platforms, joint media mechanisms and unbiased sources of information across South Asia for both media and public that promote free flow of information, peace, understanding and cooperation.

Recognition of SAFMA's efforts for regional peace and co-operation

  • Excellency Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India

    "India is fully committed to removing barriers to the exchange of goods, people and ideas within our region. The media can be an important catalyst of this process. I hope that SAFMA, as one of the existing forums for interaction of senior media persons from the SAARC countries, would utilize the Journalists Summit to discuss the importance of the free flow of information, media personnel and media products within the SAARC region."

    (SAARC Journalists Summit III, New Delhi, India, April 1-2, 2007)
  • Excellency Asif Ali Zardari, President of Pakistan

    "I compliment SAFMA and its Secretary General Imtiaz Alam and my good friend Nusrat Javeed for taking a timely initiative. I appreciate all efforts for promoting understanding and cooperation in the region."

    (Pak-Afghan Parliamentarians, Experts and Editors Conference-I Islamabad, Pakistan, March 31, April 1, 2009)
  • Ms Benazir Bhutto, Former Prime Minister and Chairperson, Pakistan Peoplesí Party

    "It is a pivotal moment in the history of the people of South Asia at the dawn of new millennium that the impetus for peace is at our doorsteps once again. I believe sustainable peace is possible with true democracy. I dream of triumph of democracy, pluralism, tolerance, understanding and accommodation in our region trusting in your (SAFMA's) ability to make history."

    (SAFMA: Pakistan-India Parliamentarians, Journalists and Experts Conference, Islamabad, Pakistan August 10-11, 2003)
  • Excellency Hamid Karzai, President of Afghanistan

    "The first international conference between parliamentarians, social organisations and editors of both the countries is taking place for further strengthening relations. Terrorism, which has created problems for the people in the region, can be defeated by cooperation and a joint war against terrorism and in this way peace could be maintained in both countries. I appreciate the initiative and efforts of SAFMA for providing such a valuable opportunity."

    (Pak-Afghan Parliamentarians, Experts and Editors Conference-I, Islamabad, Pakistan, March 31, April 1, 2009)
  • Madam Sheikh Hasina Wajed, Prime Minister of Bangladesh

    "I wish the success of this SAFMA initiative, as I believe the media and the civil society can supplement the efforts of South Asian political leadership in resolving conflicts and promoting regional cooperation and integration."

    (SAFMA Parliamentary Forum-II: South Asian Parliament Islamabad/Bhurban, May 15-20, 2005)
  • Excellency Madav Kumar Nepal, Prime Minister of Nepal

    "SAFMA's continuous endeavours towards establishing South Asian parliament are praiseworthy and commendable."

    SAFMA Parliamentary Forum-II: Shimla, India, June 2-3, 2007
  • Madam Sonia Gandhi, President, All India Congress

    "SAFMA has played a significant role in bringing the nations of the region closer through the exchange and flow of information and ideas. The Summit will be another step in this direction."

    SAARC Journalists Summit III, New Delhi, India, April 1-2, 2007
  • Dr Fehmida Mirza, Speaker of Pakistan's National Assembly

    "SAFMA enabling the visionary souls of the SAARC region to sit together in spite of mutual misgivings indicates the vitality of this (SAFMA) platform. I hope this organisation will continue building bridges and bring our two sides even closer."

    (Pak-Afghan Parliamentarians, Experts and Editors Conference-I Islamabad, Pakistan, March 31, April 1, 2009)
  • Excellency Atal Behari Vajpayee, Former Prime Minister of India

    "We should not defy logic and distort reality to avoid mutually beneficial cooperation. We cannot deny our people their right to peaceful and cooperative economic development. If your (SAFMA's) meetings and deliberations can encourage a movement towards such a cooperative future for our two countries, they would serve a noble cause."

    SAFMA: Pakistan-India Parliamentarians, Journalists and Experts Conference Islamabad, Pakistan August 10-11, 2003
  • Excellency Pervez Musharraf, Former President of Pakistan

    "I renew an earlier assurance given to SAFMA to allow free movement of journalists from SAARC, including India, to all parts of Pakistan."

    SAFMA Parliamentary Forum-II: South Asian Parliament, Islamabad/Bhurban, May 15-20, 2005
  • Maulana Fazl-ur-Rahman, Leader of the Opposition in Pakistan's National Assembly

    "SAFMA has been an agent of converting the heat and friction into coolness of friendship in the region. This transformation has been a pleasant thing for which SAFMA has been working."

    SAFMA Parliamentary Forum-II: South Asian Parliament, Shimla, India, June 2-3, 2007
  • Madam Khaleda Zia, Former prime minsiter of Bangaldesh

    "I understand that SAFMA is actively engaged in promoting a considerable degree of goodwill and fostering mutual understanding among the media practitioners in South Asia. Its stride in this direction will have an indelible mark on strengthening the SAARC spirit among the peoples of our nations."

    Second South Asian Free Media Conference, Kathmandu, Nepal, January 1-2, 2002
  • L K Advani, Leader of the Opposition, Lok Sabha

    "I want to compliment SAFMA for spreading the message of South Asian fraternity through various initiatives. These initiatives have the potential to make a far-reaching impact. It would not be an exaggeration to say that by sketching the scenario of a South Asian Fraternal Community, your forum Somnath Chatterjee, has scripted the trailer of the things that could happen in South Asia in 21st century. SAFMA's contribution in this regard has been truly outstanding."

    SAFMA Parliamentary Forum-II: South Asian Parliament Islamabad/Bhurban, May 15-20, 2005
  • Somnath Chatterjee, Former Speaker of Indian Lok Sabh

    "I compliment SAFMA for its laudable efforts in bringing together the parliamentarians of the region with a view to transforming this region into one of peace, tranquillity and development. I wish to compliment SAFMA for having taken the responsibility of strengthening media capacity and promoting access to and free flow of information across the region."

    SAFMA Parliamentary Forum-II: South Asian Parliament, Shimla, India, June 2-3, 2007
  • Excellency Jigmi Y. Thinley, Prime Minister of Bhutan

    "For me, as an admirer of your (SAFMA's) work, it is a privilege to have the opportunity to address such a powerful group of leaders of South Asia's media community whose impact and reputations extend far beyond our region. The concept of a shared consciousness tells us that we can only realise such a vision through the media."

    (Fifth SAARC Journalists Summit, April 26, 27, 2010 Paro, Bhutan)

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