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Kashmir Solidarity Day in Zahidan - 5th February, 2019

Kashmir Solidarity Day in Manila

In observance of Kashmir Solidarity Day, Embassy organized a media seminar in a local hotel on 6 February 2019 (5th February was a public holiday in the Philippines to celebrate Chinese New Year). The participants comprised of publishers, editors, columnists, anchors and representatives of the Philippines' mainstream print, electronic and social media houses including Manila Times, BusinessMirror, Manila Bulletin, Manila Standard, The Inquirer, ABS- CBN News Channel, Global News Network (GNN) and Eagle Broadcasting Corporation (EBC). Members of Philippines Ambassadors Foundation Inc. (a think- tank for policy inputs to Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs) and International Relations Department of the University of the Philippines also attended the Seminar.

Solidarity Messages of the President and the Prime Minister with the people of Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir were read out to the audience. The text of Kashmir Solidarity Resolution passed during the International Conference on Jammu & Kashmir in the British Parliament held on 4 February 2019 was shared with the participants. An 18 minutes coverage of the Conference was shown to the guests containing excerpts of keynote speech of the Foreign Minister.

In his remarks, the Ambassador paid tribute to the resolve of Kashmiri people against Indian oppression and stated that theirsacrificesfor the freedom struggle will not go waste. He highlighted the increasing support of international community to Kashmir Cause and underscored the salient points of recent reports of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR), OIC Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission(IPHRC) and All Parties Parliamentary Kashmir Group of UK Parliament (APPKG), all of which loudly condemned human rights violation by India in the Occupied Kashmir. He stated that international conscience had awakened in testimony of Pakistan's legitimate stance on the Kashmir dispute, which was an unfinished agenda of Indian Sub- Continent's partition in 1947, and the UN resolutions on this issue giving Kashmiri people right to decide their fate in a UN supervised plebiscite could no longer be ignored. He sensitized the audience that the Indian leaders and governments had given commitment to the Kashmiri people and world at large of holding the plebiscite allowing the Kashmiri people to exercise their inalienable right to self- determination. However, despite lapse of more than seven decades, India had reneged on its promises of implementing UN resolutions with impunity and continues to deny the Kashmiris their legitimate rightto self- determination.

While reaffirming Pakistan's continued moral, political and diplomatic support to the legitimate cause of the Kashmiri people,the Ambassador appealed to the gathering for raising voice against brutalities of Indian security forces against innocent Kashmiris in IoK, and demanded immediate correct action by the international community.

The audience expressed solidarity with the Kashmiri people in their comments and hoped that the international community would be able to prevail upon India to cease the ongoing human rights violation in IoK and create a conducive environment for holding the promised plebiscite under UN auspices.

The full details of the successful International Conference on Jammu & Kashmir held in the British Parliament on 4 February 2019 have also been shared with the Foreign Ministry of the Philippines.

06 February 2019

Pakistan Won Gold Medal In 45 Kg Category In "Nomad MMA International Champion Ship Held On 18-22 October 2018 In Astana Kazakhstan

Pakistan won gold medal in 45 Kg category in "Nomad MMA International Champion ship held on 18-22 October 2018 in Astana Kazakhstan Pakistani Mix Martial Arts (MMA) player, Mr. Muhammad Faheem age 16 years, won a gold medal in "Nomad MMA International" championship held in Astana Kazakhstan on 18-22 October 2018. Ten countries participated in the championship namely Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Russian and Uzbekistan. Mr. Faheem won matches in 45 Kg category against Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and in the final round, he won against host's player (Kazakh), claiming a gold medal for Pakistan. The President of Kong Fu MMA Federation of Pakistan, Mr. Zahir Hussain along with delegation also called on the Ambassador during his stay in Astana in the Embassy on 22 October. The Ambassador appreciated the President for his efforts and congratulated him for achieving the top position in the competiticor which is famous sports in Central Asian region.

Embassy of Pakistan Astana


Ambassador of Pakistan to Oman Mr. Ali Javed was invited as Chief Guest to the impressive launch of travelogue #PakistanAwaits showcasing the glimpses of the adventurous journey to the "Roof of the World", the globally renowned Northern areas of Pakistan, July 15-25. The expedition included Huzaifa Khan (Pakistan), Fahad Al Abri (Oman, affectionately known as "Handstand Man", Ms. Hiyam Al Jabri (Oman, Blogger) and Ms. Dana Al Qadhi (Bahrain, Blogger).

The Ambassador expressed appreciation and gratitude to the volunteer group of Pakistani professionals representing 'Gilgit Baltistan' led by Dr. Asad Rahman & Spouse for generously hosting the evening and for a passionate and tasteful display of Gilgit Baltistan cuisine, fruits, dress, handicrafts, dance and music.

Ms. Mazoon Zadjali, Ambassador Int'l Youth Federation (IYF - Omani Representative) while stating that IYF confers "Invest in Youth" award annually to only 7 individuals worldwide for their outstanding contributions, handed the trophy to Mr. Huzaifa Ubaid.

Ambassador appreciated #PakistanAwaits and welcomed Fahad Al Abri's Handstand in honor of mausoleum Of Mohammad Ali Jinnah, Founder of Pakistan, to mark the 71stIndependence Day of Pakistan in Karachi and supported his plans to visit the mausoleum of Allama Iqbal "Dreamer of Pakistan" in Lahore.

Ambassador renewed support to #PakistanAwaits and thanked the Pakistani businessmen Mr. Yasin Bhatti and Haris Ali of 'Star Lights' and 'AZ Engineering', respectively for their partnership. He also thanked 'Muscat Livestock' the third partner organization.

While terming the overall effort as an excellent example of Public-Private Partnership to further peoples exchanges and tourism, he committed to augment the effort in scale and substance in 2019.

Pakistan Embassy - Muscat,
September 6, 2018

Independence Day Celebrations in Oman - 2018

Pakistani Community and institutions in Oman celebrated Independence Day with diverse and substantive festivities across the Sultanate commencing with a Flag Hoisting ceremony in which 200 guests participated including Pakistan Navy Officers, Businessmen, Professionals and families traveling from Nizwah, Sohar and Ibra. Adding a special color was the launch of a documentary by famous bloggers from Oman & Bahrain who recently visited Pakistan.

Special Supplements appeared in leading Arabic & English papers with support business community adding spirit to the celebrations which shall culminate on "Defence Day" falling September 6th with a Diplomatic Reception onboard Pakistan Navy Ship in Muscat. The Special Supplement was augmented with a contribution of an article by the Bloggers.

Ambassador Ali Javed's interviews with Radio (www.tfm.om) went on air in the morning and evening of 14th August while the 30 min interview with Live TV went online in the afternoon and received an overwhelming response with 20,000 views on day-one.

Ambassador's newspaper interview highlighting, among other aspects, the 5,000 years of relations between Oman and Indus Valley Civilization of 'Mohen Jo Daro' featured on the front page. It traced the trajectory of bilateral human, trade, economic, parliamentary political, and defense relations. Articles on Pakistan also appeared in the August 15 papers.

The 6000 students in Pakistan School System (PSS) led celebrations with a remarkable enthusiasm and national fervor and responded with keen interest to "Sketch Iqbal" contest by the Embassy and adjudged by Stephen Grant, Arts Teacher in a private int'l school. Winners and students attaining distinction in academics will be acknowledged on Defense Day Reception.

Local media accorded generous coverage to activities by Pakistani students PSS whose 7 branches with 6000 students are established in Muscat, Seeb, Sohar, Musannah, Nizwa, Buraimi and Salalah, whereas the size of Pakistanis in Oman is near 300,000.

Ambassador's LIVE interview on Independence Day 2017 had set record with most views (40,000 within 48 hours). The latest interview can be accessed at Facebook at "https://www.facebook.com/timesofoman/videos/1942605982704934/" whereas the bloggers' documentary on YouTube: "youtube.com/watch?v=kvyOSaNYOy4&feature=youtu.be#dialog".

Pakistan Embassy - Muscat.
August 15, 2018.


78th Pakistan National Day, 2018

HE Ali Javed and HE Sheikh Mohammad bin Said Saif Al-Kalbani, Hon'ble Minister for Social Development, Sultanate of Oman have held a meeting at the latter's Office earlier today.

The Ambassador accorded a comprehensive briefing on the latest status of bilateral relations, exchange of visits between the Parliamentary, Political and Military leaderships, people-to-people contacts,as well as bilateral trade and accords, finalised or near completion, to boost cooperation.

Praising His Majesty's five decades of sagacious leadership, the Ambassador underlined the core strengths of bilateral relations anchored in commonality of strategic vision over bilateral, regional and int'l issues and highlighted performance of 'Pak Oman Investment Company' (POIC), established upon His Majesty's visit to Islamabad in 2001 with $100mn, having now crossed $600mn in assets.

The Honorable Minister,underlining historical bilateral ties, appreciated the current trajectory and spectrum of bilateral relations and termed the July 25 general elections in Pakistan as yet another milestone achieved by the people and government of Pakistan.

Commending immense services and contributions of Pakistanis in Oman, the Minister expressed support for Pakistan Social Club and plans to build central premises and establish regional branches.

The Hon'ble Minister observed that Pakistan and Oman are strategic neighbors with a common history and therefore had a common future as one's prosperity complimented the others.

The Ambassador presented Mission's Newsletter and gifted Pakistani 'Chaunsa', a mango globally renowned as the "King of Kings".

There are currently 272,000 plus Pakistanis in Oman accounting for the 5th largest presence outside Pakistan whereas PIA, Shaheen Air, Air Blue, together with Oman Air and Salam Air operate in excess of 60 weekly flights among 10 destinations between both Nations.

Pakistan Embassy - Muscat
August 1, 2018.

Second Asian Festival, Sofia - 12 May, 2018

78th Pakistan National Day, 2018

The 78th anniversary of Pakistan’s National Day was commemorated in the High Commission of Pakistan, Pretoria with patriotic fervour and zeal.

A flag hoisting ceremony was held in the morning. It was followed by a town hall gathering of over 100 members of Pakistani Community based in Pretoria and beyond. The Deputy Head of Mission read out the messages from the President and Prime Minister for the occasion. An array of speakers also availed the occasion to express their thoughts. This included President of Pakistan – South African community, performance by children of Embassy officials, and special prays for a strong and prosperous Pakistan.

The High Commissioner in his address underscored the historical importance of the day and highlighted imperatives that led to conceiving of resolution for creation of a separate state for Muslims of the Sub-continent. He also called upon the community to remain united to overcome any personal or national challenges.

Later in the day, a national day reception was also arranged for the local dignitaries, high officials, community members and business community in a local hotel. The Chief Guest was a senior official of the Department of Human Settlements of South Africa representing his Minister. He spoke for the need to upgrade the content of bilateral relations expand cooperation in areas of interests.

The High Commissioner in his speech underlined need for the commitment to nurture values of tolerance, social harmony and respect for dissent in our society and importance of Pakistan in the regional and global context. He also gave a snapshot of Pakistan’s relations with South Africa. He also mentioned about Pakistan’s support to anti apartheid movement and affection for Nelson Mandela’s personality, as a true leader, in Pakistan. He also stressed that slowly but surely, Pakistan is successfully overcoming its internal and external challenges. He further elaborated upon the prospects of expanding bilateral and multilateral cooperation between Pakistan and South Africa.

A copy of High Commissioner’s message published in a local Daily newspaper “The Star” is annexed for ready reference.

23 March, 2018.


National Day Celebrations in Brunei

National Day Celebrations in Zimbabwe

The 78th National Day celebrations were held in Harare with great enthusiasm and fervor. The flag hoisting ceremony was held in the morning of 23rd March, 2018 at the Chancery.

A good number of the Pakistani community representing all walks of life along with Pakistan Armed Forces Officers on deputation in Zimbabwe attended the ceremony.

After the recitation of the Holy Quran, the Ambassador of Pakistan H.E. Mr. Riaz H. Bukhari performed the flag hosting and read the message from the President of Pakistan and Prime Minister of Pakistan to the audience. The ceremony concluded with cake cutting ceremony. Light refreshment was served to the guests.

23 March, 2018.

Washington DC

78th Pakistan Day celebrations with Flag Hoisting Ceremony at Pakistan Embassy Manila

In order to celebrate 78th anniversary of Pakistan Day, the Embassy of Pakistan, Manila organized a special reception in a local hotel in the evening of 23 March 2018. As Pakistan’s 70th anniversary celebrations are ongoing during 2018, the regular diplomatic reception of Pakistan Day was expanded into an ethnic Food & Film Festival where typical Pakistani cuisine stations were set up to introduce the guests to authentic tastes of Pakistan, and a number of short documentaries projecting touristic and economic potential of Pakistan were run on multimedia throughout the event. Messages of the President and the Prime Minister on Pakistan Day 2018 as well as promotional material on tourist destinations of Pakistan were also distributed among the guests. The dinner reception was attended by a large number of representatives of the host government, members of Diplomatic Corps, International/ Multinational Organizations as well as Pakistani community members based in Manila. The formal programme was commenced with playing national anthems of the Philippines and Pakistan in order, followed by Ambassador’s speech and cutting of a commemorative cake.

The Ambassador in his speech highlighted the background and importance of Pakistan Day, Pakistan's achievements, longstanding friendly ties between Pakistan and the Philippines as well as recent developments in bilateral relations between the two countries, notably President Duterte’s visit of Pakistani naval ship in December 2017. He said that next year would be a remarkable milestone in Pak- Philippines relations as it would witness the 70th Anniversary of relations between the two countries. The Ambassador shared with the audience that in order to gel and glue the existing linkages between the two countries further, he was working towards twinning Makati/ Manila with the Karachi City of Pakistan because of their social, cultural and economic commonalities.

The Chief Guest Mrs. Millicent Cruz Parades, Assistant Secretary, Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs, in her remarks conveyed felicitations of the Government of the Philippines on the eve of National Day of Pakistan and wished peace and prosperity for Pakistani people.

Exclusive 4- page feature editions on Pakistan were got published on 23 March 2018 in mainstream English newspapers of the Philippines, which carried articles on history and significance of Pakistan Day, Pakistan- Philippine relations, CPEC and leading export industries of Pakistan.

These editions can be browsed on the following e-links:



23 March, 2018.


78th Pakistan Day celebrations commence with Flag Hoisting Ceremony at Pakistan Embassy Washington D.C.

An elegant flag hoisting ceremony was held at the Embassy of Pakistan Washington D.C. this morning to commence Pakistan Day celebrations.

Ambassador Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry raised the Pakistan flag at the Embassy courtyard with the National Anthem playing in the background.

In his remarks, the Ambassador congratulated Pakistanis all over the world, particularly in the United States of America on the 78th Pakistan Day.

He paid rich tribute to the founding fathers who resolved at Lahore on 23 March 1940 to establish a separate homeland for the Muslims of the Sub-Continent under the leadership of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

He said Pakistan was a resilient nation with a proud history and had tremendous potential to rise in future. The principles of the Pakistan Resolution served as a guiding light for the current generation to overcome the challenges faced by the country today.

He shared that in the last few years, Pakistan had taken great strides in achieving macro-economic stability, improved law and order situation and ensuring continuity of democracy.

Ambassador Chaudhry particularly commended the patriotic zeal and fervor of the Pakistani American community. He urged the diaspora to continue to play its role as a bridge between Pakistan and the United States.

Earlier, senior officials of the Embassy read out aloud the special messages of President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi congratulating the entire nation on this historic day.

Officers and officials of the Embassy along with their families participated in the flag hoisting ceremony. A group of officers from the US foreign service also witnessed the flag hoisting ceremony.

23 March, 2018.

Washington DC

Ambassador Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry raised the Pakistan flag at an elegant flag hoisting ceremony held at the Embassy of Pakistan, Washington DC this morning, 23 March 2018 to commence Pakistan Day celebrations.

​ Ambassador Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry congratulated Pakistanis all over the world, particularly in the United States of America on the 78th Pakistan Day at the Embassy of Pakistan, Washington DC.

​ Ambassador Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry congratulated Pakistanis all over the world, particularly in the United States of America on the 78th Pakistan Day at the Embassy of Pakistan, Washington DC.

​ ​ Group photograph of the Ambassador Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry with officers of the US Foreign Service Institute at flag hoisting ceremony on "Pakistan Day" at the Embassy of Pakistan, Washington DC dated 23 March 2018. ​

Pakistan Day Celebrations held at the High Commission for Pakistan, Canberra 23rd March 2018

The Pakistan Day was celebrated in Canberra with national zeal and fervour. A reception was hosted at the Pakistan High Commission, Canberra. Her Excellency, Lyndall Sachs, the Chief of Protocol of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade was the chief guest at the reception.

It was a very well attended event in which a large number of member of diplomatic corps, local intelligentsia, media representatives, high ranking Australian government officials and Pakistani community from Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne and participated. The guests were received by Pakistani children attired in regional dresses.

The High Commissioner, Naela Chohan, while emphasising the importance of Pakistan-Australia bilateral relations elucidated on the significance of Pakistan Day. She highlighted the fast-economic progress in the country under the democratically elected government. She reiterated that Pakistan was poised to become a regional economic power and underscored the growing cooperation between Pakistan and Australia in diverse fields. The High Commissioner expressed satisfaction that the bilateral relations were close and cordial.

The Australian military band played the national anthems of the two countries. Traditional Pakistani food was deeply appreciated by the guests.

The reception was preceded by a dignified early morning ceremony in which the High Commissioner, Naela Chohan hoisted the flag and offered dua-e-khair for the progress and prosperity of Pakistan. The messages of the Prime Minister and the President of Pakistan were read out on the occasion.

23 March, 2018.


Embassy of Pakistan (Hanoi) Viet Nam celebrates Pakistan Day-2018

Embassy of Pakistan, Hanoi celebrated 79th National Day of Pakistan with traditional zeal, fervor and dedication. The celebrations started with a simple but dignified flag-hoisting ceremony at the Embassy premises. The ceremony was attended by a large number of Pakistani nationals living at Ha Noi, Viet Nam. Ambassador of Pakistan to Viet Nam and Lao People’s Democratic Republic, H.E. Mr. Zaigham Uddin Azam raised the flag of Pakistan, while the national anthem of Pakistan was played. The National Day Messages by the President and the Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan were read out to the Pakistani community members attending the ceremony. The guests were treated with traditional Pakistani snacks and tea after the ceremony.

“It’s a day to pay tribute to leaders of Pakistan Movement and millions of people who rendered immense sacrifices in their struggle to carve out a separate homeland,” Ambassador Zaigham Uddin Azam remarked during his address to a large gathering at a reception arranged at a local hotel. Ambassador further said that the Government of Pakistan was working day and night to continue the economic growth that Pakistan has achieved during the last five years.

Ambassador, delivering his speech in Urdu language, which was simultaneously translated in English as well as Vietnamese language, highlighted the significance of bilateral relations with Viet Nam and expressed the hope that continuous exchange of high level official delegations between the two countries will continue to provide impetus to the development of relations in all spheres, especially in the field of trade and investment between Pakistan and Viet Nam.

The Chief Guest, Mr. Dang DinhQuy, Deputy Foreign Minister of Viet Nam, congratulated Pakistan’s leaders and people on their significant achievements in the seventy years of Pakistan’s existence and the economic development that Pakistan has achieved. He also said that Viet Nam would like to further promote the traditional friendship and cooperation between the two countries.

More than 200 guests comprising the Diplomatic Corps, Members of Parliament, Government Officials, Defence Representatives, media and think tanks and Pakistani diaspora attended the Pakistan Day Reception, which was arranged in a very elegant manner. Traditional Pakistani food was served to the guests.

Ambassador of Pakistan also addressed the Vietnamese nation through the state television of Viet Nam to commemorate the National Day of Pakistan in a speech, which was telecast on the morning of 23 March 2018 across Viet Nam. In his speech in Urdu language, with Vietnamese translation, highlighted the struggle of the founders of Pakistan as well as achievements of Pakistan in the last seven decades of its existence. He also mentioned the growing Pakistan-Viet Nam relations in multiple areas including bilateral trade.

23 March 2018
Ha No, Viet Nam

Flag Hoisting Ceremony at Pakistan Embassy, Tokyo

An impressive ceremony was held at the Embassy of Pakistan Tokyo to commemorate the 78th anniversary of National Day of Pakistan. Ambassador Asad M. Khan hoisted the National Flag whilst the audience recited the National Anthem of Pakistan.

The Ambassador read the messages of the President and Prime Minister of Pakistan. The messages urged the countrymen to follow the teachings and principles laid down by the founding fathers so as to make Pakistan a lively and determined nation for the stability and supremacy of the homeland. It further emphasized upon making a firm commitment to adhere to our national objectives and goals besides promoting love and harmony to secure the future of the nation.

The Ambassador in his speech stressed that the spirit of unity, harmony and sacrifice showed during the Pakistan movement need to be continued with the same zeal so that Pakistan progresses on the path of prosperity and development. Ambassador Khan was appreciative of the efforts of the Pakistani Community who is significantly contributing towards the progress of both Japan and Pakistan. He added that the Embassy with the collaboration of the Pakistani Community would work together to further strengthen the bilateral relations between Japan and Pakistan in all areas and fields. The Ambassador also thanked the community for its active participation in the National Day Reception.

Pakistan-Japan Reaffirm Their Commitment to Strengthen Bilateral Ties

A grand reception was hosted by the Embassy of Pakistan, Tokyo to commemorate the auspicious occasion of National Day. The reception was well attended by prominent personalities including Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr. Manabu Horii, President of Japan-Pakistan Parliamentarians Friendship League (JPPFL) Mr. Seishiro Eto, parliamentarians including Mr. Natsuo Yamaguchi, Member House of Councillors / Chief Representative of Komeito, Mr. Hirofumi Nakasone, former Foreign Minister and Member of House of Councillors, Ms. Midori Matsushima Member House of Representatives and Head of Secretariat JPPFL and Mr. Haku Shinkun, Member House of Councillors. Moreover, Ambassadors, Members of the Diplomatic Corps, senior Japanese Government Officials, Defence Attaches, think tanks, academia, members of the media, business leaders, notables from the Civil Society and members of Pakistani Community attended the event in large number.

Ambassador Asad M. Khan in his speech highlighted the vision of the founding fathers as laid out on March 23, 1940 and the subsequent democratic struggle spearheaded by the father of the nation Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah which resulted in the creation of Pakistan in 1947. The Ambassador underlined the importance of close historical Pakistan-Japan relations and deep sentiment of warmth and affection that the people of the two countries share with one another. He reaffirmed that common adherence to the ideals of peace, democracy, freedom and rule of law and shared commitment to deepening bilateral trade, investment and development cooperation provides a strong basis for a comprehensive partnership between Pakistan and Japan. The Ambassador underscored the renewed interest in both capitals to further intensify high level exchanges and to deepen business and investment linkages. In this regard he made special reference to the visit of Foreign Minister Taro Kono to Pakistan which provided a great opportunity to both sides to share their vision for promoting peace, stability and prosperity.

Ambassador Khan also referred to the improved security situation in Pakistan and the resultant economic turnaround duly recognized and acknowledged by International Financial Institutions and credit rating agencies. He added that JETRO’s 2017 survey rated Pakistan as the top destination for Japanese companies for expected profits and plans for expansions of operations.

The Ambassador reiterated the adherence of Pakistan to further build on the shared commitment to peace, security and prosperity to lay the foundation of an enduring partnership based on trust and mutually beneficial cooperation.

President of the JPPFL, Mr. Seishiro Eto in his remarks termed Pakistan as a country with great potential in every field and progressing in the right direction. He added that Pakistan and Japan have been sharing exchanges in various fields including economy, culture, academia and politics since the establishment of the diplomatic ties and efforts would be made to further strengthen the bilateral relations in all fields. Mr. Eto also appreciated Pakistan’s firm commitment to fight out terrorism and vowed to extend full co-operation in these endeavors of Pakistan.

Honourable Manabu Horii, Parliamentary Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs in his remarks stated that Japan and Pakistan have cordial bilateral relations since 1952 and these relations have developed further this year with the visit of Foreign Minister Mr. Taro Kono. He added that Mr. Kono appreciated the efforts of Pakistan in fighting against terrorism and pledged Japan’s full support to Pakistan in this regard. Mr. Horii also appreciated the improved security situation in Pakistan and turnaround in economic development which has shown steady growth. He stated that the Japanese Government would encourage and firmly support the activities of Japanese companies in Pakistan and make further efforts to deepen the economic ties between the two countries.

Pakistan National Day Celebrations

To mark the 78th Anniversary of Pakistan National Day, Syed Moazzam H. Shah, Charge d’ Affaires and Mrs. Fazila Moazzam, hosted a Reception at the Wellington Club on 26 March 2018. Mr. Ben King, Deputy Secretary, Americas and Asia Group, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of New Zealand was the Chief Guest on the occasion. The Reception was attended by Major General Peter Kelly, MNZM, Chief of Army, government officials, scholars, journalists, members of the diplomatic corps and Pakistani community.

The Charge d’ Affaires welcomed the distinguished guests on the occasion and recalled the significance of the day. He underlined that Pakistan and New Zealand enjoy friendly and cordial relations and highlighted significant developments in bilateral relations in recent years.

Earlier, a simple and dignified flag hoisting ceremony was held in the morning of 23 March 2018 at the Pakistan High Commission. A cross section of people living in Greater Wellington region and Palmerston North attended the event. In his brief remarks the Charge d’ Affaires highlighted the significance of the day and underlined that the democratic Government in Pakistan was working for the economic and social development of the country. He also acknowledged the contribution made by Pakistanis in New Zealand and their support provided to the High Commission.

26 March, 2018


Pakistan Day Reception in London
Pakistan poised to become a regional economic powerhouse: Syed Ibne Abbas
Upcoming General elections to further cement democracy in Pakistan: Minister Mark Field

The Pakistan High Commission London hosted a reception in London, on the evening of 23 March 2018, to celebrate 78th Pakistan Day.

Rt Hon Mark Field, FCO Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific and Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan were the Chief Guests on the occasion.

Lord Tariq Ahmed, FCO Minister of State for the Commonwealth and the UN, and MP Rehman Chishti, the UK Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy for Pakistan also attended the event. Besides, Lords, MPs, MEPs, Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, Diplomats, Defence Attaches, Senior Civil and Military Representatives, Mayors, Councillors, members of the British society and Pakistani diaspora were among the attendees.

In his welcome remarks, H.E. Syed Ibne Abbas, Pakistan High Commissioner to the UK said:

"Quaid-i-Azam’s vision of a democratic and pluralistic State remains the guiding principle of today's Pakistan. Today's democratic Pakistan, with a robust economy, fast growing middle class, vibrant civil society and improved security situation, is poised to become a regional economic powerhouse. China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) provides further impetus to our promising economic turnaround."

Speaking about Pakistan-UK relations, the High Commissioner stated:

"Strong Pakistan-UK relations are manifestation of our foreign policy objectives. Post-Brexit, we look forward to translate the strong political goodwill into economic relations. I invite British businesses to take advantage of enormous economic opportunities offered by Pakistan’s emerging economy."

The High Commissioner also acknowledged the valuable contributions made by over 1.2 million strong British Pakistani diaspora in strengthening Pakistan-UK relations.

In his speech, Minister Mark Field said:

"Today is the perfect moment to remember the founding ideals of Pakistan set out by Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Allama Iqbal-their shared vision for Pakistan of an independent democratic state. That vision is one that rightly continues to inspire millions of Pakistanis to this day.

"oday is also a tremendous opportunity to celebrate the extraordinary and evolving ties between our two countries. Ties that I think are stronger today than they have ever been before.

"A record 12 members of Parliament of Pakistani origin took our best seats last June. It's a record I know will surely be surpassed once more at the next general election. Now as Pakistan holds its own general elections this year I believe this is an opportunity to cement its democracy as one of the fundamental building blocks of modern and prosperous society.

"In November I visited Islamabad, Rawalpindi and Multan and KP and I was treated to some of the legendary Pakistani hospitality but I was also impressed by the sight of Pakistan’s young cricketers using every spare piece of ground to hone their skill. The one that impressed me most of course was the country’s enormous potential. There’s no doubt Pakistan has all the ingredients to become an economic and trading powerhouse.

In his remarks, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said:

"We are trying to strengthen the institution of Parliament. During the past 5 years, the Parliament has taken crucial steps and enacted 131 bills, which is the highest number since 1985. We are the first Parliament of the world that has gone green. I am thankful for the help of the British Parliament due to which parliamentary courses have been introduced in about 27 universities of Pakistan."

On security, the Speaker said:

"The Parliament, the civil and military institutions and the people of Pakistan have got together to defeat the menace of terrorism. We have successfully tackled terrorism and restored peace in Pakistan."

About economy, he stated:

"China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and other investment flowing into Pakistan would open up a new era of progress and development in the country."

On Kashmir, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq expressed: "On this day, we cannot forget our Kashmiri brothers and sisters who continue to suffer under occupation of Indian forces. International community must come forward to take notice of human rights violations in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK)."

The Pakistan Day Reception is the biggest annual event of the calendar of the High Commission.

Ambassador of Pakistan Launches ‘Yes’ ~ Youth Empowerment Strategy

Over 300 students from grades 9-12 participated in the inaugural interactive session of Lecture Series (LS 1.0) at Pakistan School Muscat (PSM) last week. The initiative is wholly owned, powered and executed by young Pakistani professionals and students via ‘Young Pakistan Forum Oman’ (www.YPFO.pk), an online platform to synergize Pakistani-Omani Youths, launched on 70th Independence Day of Pakistan on Aug 14, 2017.

Guest Speaker for the inaugural session was Captain Mohamed Ahmed, CEO Salam Air, who spoke of his personal and professional experiences to inspire students towards achieving inner happiness through pursuit of dreams.

Captain Mohamed, a Bahraini citizen, claimed flying license from Oxford Air Training Academy School at 18, and at 25 qualified to being the youngest Captain. He pursued higher studies in Aviation Management and in 2003 he led the first low-cost airline in Mid East and in late 2017 he was appointed CEO of Oman’s first low-cost carrier, Salam Air.

Captain Mohamed shared with students how his life changed in 2004 after his left leg was amputated, knee below, following a bus accident. He, however, converted his challenge into opportunity and gained further distinction to becoming first pilot to fly a commercial jet on prosthesis (artificial limb) and remains actively involved in a wide range of sports i.e., Free Diving, holding breath for 4 minutes and helps new amputees regain their lives.

Anchor Person Humaira Chaudhry, Teacher PSM formally welcomed the Guests and introduced the Speaker at the Event moderated by HE Ali Javed, Ambassador of Pakistan who recalled discussing the concept of “YES” during his first meeting with CEO Salam Air in September 2016. Ambassador stated that ‘YES’ foresees ‘LS 1.0’ and an ‘Internship Circuit’ (IC) to enrich students’ knowledge and honing their skills into leadership roles.

Ambassador acknowledged the 10 volunteering students who executed ‘LS 1.0’ and two young Pakistani professionals, Yaseer Bhatti and Mudassir Rizvi both receiving initial education in Oman and subsequently pursuing B.Sc Hons from Brunel (2009-12) Undergrad Economic – Harvard 2008, and B. Engineering Hons (2004-06) and MSc Information Systems Engineering (2006-07) Manchester University, respectively.

LS 1.0 was live streamed to 6 branches of Pakistan School System across the Sultanate. The overwhelming applause of the students for the Guest Speaker and the absorbing Q&A reflected the eager keenness of both sides to connect and interact.

Prominent civil society representatives including Talib al Waihaibi, Chairman Oman Hockey Association, Mahmood al Balushi CEO Madina Logistics, Anvwar Al Balushi CEO Anvwar Investments, Chairmen BoD Pakistan School System and Social Club, Ameer Hamza, Chairman Interfaith Council for ME Region as well as Times of Oman, Muscat Daily, Al Roya and Al Watan backed the initiative with their presence and commitment to nurturing it.

January 31, 2018.

Pakistan Embassy ~ Muscat

Visiting Minister hails brilliance of Pakistani Youths in Oman

During his recent visit to Sultanate of Oman, Pakistani Minister for Interior as well as for Planning, Development & Reforms, HE Ahsan Iqbal commended the talents and exuberance of Pakistani youths across the Sultanate and termed them as future leaders of Pakistan and Ambassadors of Pak-Oman friendship.

The Minister appreciated the unity among Pakistani diaspora and highlighted their diversity as a core strength. He hailed outreach initiatives i.e., 'Embassy WhatsApp Broadcast' (12000+subscribers) and E-Bank (11000+ subscribers).

He praised community-based 'Young Pakistan Forum Oman' (www.ypfo.pk) an online platform to synergize Pakistani and Omani youths. YPFO is powered by enterprising Pakistanis and is set to launch 'Youth Empowerment Strategy' (YES) foreseeing, among others, 'Lecture Series' (LS 1.0) whose inaugural session will be delivered by CEO Salam Air to 300 students at PSM tomorrow.

The Minister distributed 'Certificates of Excellence' to Ms. Shehrbano Hassan for securing 1st position in Policy Paper on Nuclear Safety at UN Model Summit (Dubai 2016); Dua Masood, 8A* (O-Level) and Mawiya Sana, 8A* & 1A in IGCSE as well as standing 4th in Maths & 7th in Physics globally.

Ayesha Shaheen Afridi, 1st Position from Oman Public Schools (2017 -96.77%) and Areene Sobia Shahood (GCSE 94.11%). Both received scholarships under Cultural & Scientific Cooperation for 2017-18. Ayesha Afridi also stood 1ST in Quran Recitation from 6000 students in a national competition hosted last year.

Ahmad Abdul Hamid, Rasil Ahmed (Special Child) and Afra Ubaid were acknowledged for winning "Sketch Sultan" and "Draw Jinnah" competitions. Saima Altaf, Arts Teacher Special Education School (Pakistan School Muscat- PSM) acknowledged for meritorious services to children with special needs.

Other recipients included Fiza Javed for selection into National Women Cricket Team, Ubaid Ullah Khan, Adeel Abbas and Saqib Aslam selection in Under-19 Cricket Team of Oman and Muzahir Raza, Captain Pakistan School Seeb Cricket Team, for record setting performances.

January 23, 2018.

Pakistan Embassy ~ Muscat

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