LAHORE – Punjab Governor Sardar Latif Khan Khosa has said Pakistan-Australia relationship will grow since the two states believe in democracy and are determined to help each for this cause.

Talking to an eight-member Australian parliamentary delegation led by Senate President Senator John Hogg at the Governor’s House on Saturday, Khosa said democracy was flouring in the country with the help of independent media, powerful judiciary and vibrant civil society.

He said the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) staunchly defended freedom of expression and public power as a part of its commitment with democracy. The governor said the upcoming next elections will be held in a transparent manner as the government would bring an impartial interim setup like it reached a consensus on the appointment of chief election commissioner.

The two sides also exchanged pleasantries on the ongoing three-match ODI series between Australia and Pakistan that stood level after two matches. The Australian senator said in a lighter vein that a tie in the final match could boost up ties between the two countries.

Senator Hogg commended Pakistan’s efforts for peace in the region and focused the need for enhancing people-to-people contact. He said the Australian government valued the joint efforts of the two countries for the promotion of democracy, civil rights and personal freedom.