On Pakistan's 78th "National Day" Consulate Jeddah organized a reception - By: Syed Mussarat Khalil

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On the occasion of the celebration of Pakistan's 78th "National Day" Pakistan Consulate Jeddah organized a dinner reception at Crown Plaza Jeddah on Wednesday.

Jamal Bakar Al-Balkhoyor, Director General Saudi Foreign Ministry, Makkah region was the Chief Guest at the occasion.

Saudi officials, Consuls general including America, Brunei, China, Egypt, Italy, Japan, Jordan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Turkey and Large number of distinguished members from Pakistani community attended the ceremony.

The ceremony started with the national anthems of Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. Shehryar Akbar Khan, consul general of Pakistan welcomed the guests.

In his address he said that seventy eight years ago, on 23rd March 1947, the Muslims of sub-continent through Lahore Resolution decided to establish an independent state for themselves, and in the short term of seven years, they were able to achieve it. He said that Pakistan has maintained cordial and brotherly relations with Saudi Arabia since its inception. Pakistanis has played an important role in its development through its quality human resource.

He added. 2.7 million Pakistani people living in Saudi Arabia are vibrant force of the Saudi society that has played a major role in Saudi Arabia's social and economic development.

Referring to the positive impact of Saudi Vision 2030 on Saudi economy, he said that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor has likewise created new opportunities for development in Pakistan. Our efforts and prayers are that these projects will play a significant role in the development of both the countries, said consul general.

Khan Hasham bin Siddique Pakistan Ambassador thanked all the guests for attending the event.

He congratulated to Pakistani community on Pakistanís National Day in his address. He said Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are tied in a close and multifaceted brotherly relationship which enjoys support from people on both sides.

Khan Hasham said that regular interaction between the high officials of Pakistan and Saudi Arabia demonstrate the depth in relationship of both the countries. Last year's high level visits from both side including that of Prime Minister and President of Pakistan exhibit that fact.

The Ambassador said that Pakistan is emerging as a strong and vibrant nation. It has successfully eradicated extremism and terrorism. Our economy is showing positive trajectory with 5.5% growth in last four years. We are expecting 6% growth this year and inflation has gone down to 3.8%.

He said that democracy has strengthened in Pakistan and a democratic government is completing its term this year while a new government will take over after general elections.

He also expressed his gratitude for the Custodian of two Holy Mosques King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman for their continued support to Pakistan.

At the end guests cut the cake to commemorate the day and prayed for the integrity and development of Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.

Mohammed Atif Dar Head of chancellery (HOC) was master of ceremony.
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Posted on Mar 26, 18 | 6:29 am