Lahore, 21 February 2023 (TDI): The European Union (EU) Dosti Truck is on its way to connecting with the people of Pakistan and strengthening the friendship between the two sides. It was displayed during the Euro Village in 2022.

The Dosti truck started this latest escapade on February 15th and the journey was led by the Ambassador of the EU to Pakistan, Dr. Riina Kionka. The truck’s first stay was in Lahore.

The European delegation stopped at LUMS and met with youngsters and explained the various social, economic, and political projects that are underway in Pakistan.


The roadshow through Dosti Truck aims to educate and inform the citizen and students of Pakistan about the EU’s extensive investment and striking initiative that they are taking to bring lasting change in Pakistan.

While sharing the views, Ambassador Dr. Riina Kionka mentioned that Dosti Truck will strengthen the friendship between Pakistan and the EU along with engaging the people at Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar, Rawalpindi, and Quetta at all levels.

It will help the EU to take out bilateral relations to another extent and provide the opportunity to appreciate and accept the culture and heritage of Pakistan at different levels.

Through such a roadshow the Ambassador can better explain the EU’s ongoing work and would help to understand the priorities and aspirations of people residing in Pakistan.

Dr. Rina Kionka further enunciated that such an exchange of cultures will help to understand each other well.

Likewise, the EU strongly believes in cultural exchange and people-to-people contact for strengthening the relations. It is worth noting that the Dosti Truck is on its way to another destination for cultural engagement after completing its stay in Lahore.

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Ms. Zartasha Niazi is Communication, Advocacy, and Media expert who working with development and humanitarian both national and international organizations for the last 13 years. Her areas of expertise include designing and developing robust communications strategies including positioning of social media, storytelling, and filmmaking on both humanitarian and development issues and advocating for the rights of women and marginalized segments of society. During her services to CARE International in Pakistan, she awarded with "Best Communicator Award" from CARE Global. She is currently leading the Action for Impact. Started her career in 2008, She has traveled to Switzerland, and represented Pakistan at United Nations Human Rights Council, Geneva, Switzerland several times to advocate and communicate the rights of the marginalized. Through her innovative approach, she initiated various campaigns in different organizations on Gender Equality, Maternal Reproductive Health, and WASH. In addition, she is associated with National Youth Assembly, Women Democratic Front, and Every Women Treaty. Her poetic blog book “Words of Wisdom” was recently published, in which she tried to come up with inspirational quotes and poetry for women's empowerment, humanity, and peace. Her other publications include articles on women empowerment and climate change, Policy Monitor on the implementation of 18th Constitutional Amendment, Human Rights Report 2009 Jammu & Kashmir, FAFEN Fortnightly Newsletter, CARE Quarterly Newsletter, Pakistan Humanitarian Forum weekly bulletin, quarterly newsletter, and monthly reports, Infographics to Eradicate Poverty, Documentaries on gender equality and sexual and reproductive health, and several research briefs.