Preparations for the 70th Independence Anniversary kick start at the High Commission
The preparations for the 70 Independence Anniversary of Pakistan kick started at the Pakistan High Commission London on 7 October 2016 with a luncheon meeting of the potential sponsors from Pakistani diaspora including businesses, banks, media houses and community organizations.
H.E. Syed Ibne Abbas, Pakistan High Commissioner to the UK chaired the meeting and outlined Mission’s plans to celebrate the Anniversary in a befitting manner, showcasing rich cultural heritage of Pakistan. The events would include literary events and activities for youth, added the High Commissioner. He invited the sponsors to select events and execute them in partnership with the High Commission.
The High Commissioner said: “We have outlined a detailed calendar of events to celebrate the 70th Independence Anniversary of Pakistan as well as the establishment of the diplomatic relations between Pakistan and the UK. The
purpose of these celebrations is twofold: to portray the true face of Pakistan abroad, and to provide the diaspora with a platform to celebrate an important milestone in the history of their country. This cultural setting would be ideal
to engage and bring together our community. Moreover, the events will augment the existing trade, people to people ties and educational linkages between the two countries. We expect support from our community to implement our plans. ”
The guests were given a detailed presentation outlining the proposed calendar of events so that they could choose the events of their liking. Appreciating High Commission’s initiative, the participants expressed concrete interest to support the events. They also put forward valuable suggestions to make the events successful. The follow-up meetings will continue to work out the modalities.
The High Commission will officially participate in the London New Year Day Parade on 1st January 2017. This would mark the start of the 70th Anniversary celebrations of Pakistan in the UK.