United Kingdom Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson wished Pakistan on its Independence Day on behalf of the people of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, saying the country should be proud of its history and culture formed over the last 70 years.
“UK and Pakistan enjoy a close friendship thanks to the links between our people – particularly the 1.2 million British people who are of Pakistani origin,” a press release quoted Johnson as saying. “Whether on the cricket field, at Pakistani celebrations in the UK or through our strong education cooperation and support, links between the two countries keep getting stronger.”
He added the UK is celebrating these connections in 2017 with a year-long programme of cultural events, exhibitions and visits.
“As we celebrate our shared history and look forward to a future with more links, trade and cooperation between the UK and Pakistan, I wish the people of Pakistan Jashan-e-Azadi Mubarak.”
Further in ordder to continue its cordiality the British High Commission has been hosting a series of activities and events that celebrate the strength and depth of the UK-Pakistan relationship.
There have also been several high-profile visits from the UK, including those from Home Secretary Amber Rudd, Secretary of State for International Development Priti Patel, Minister of State for Housing Alok Sharma and Lord Mayor of London Alderman Dr Andrew Parmley.
To foster positive relations, British High Commission has arranged a photography exhibition tour titled ‘Shared History. Shared Future’ showcasing in pictures 70 years of cooperation between the two countries. Most importantly, the pictures focus on what the UK is doing to help Pakistan for the next 70 years in the field of education, health, culture, defence, politics, infrastructure, trade and sports. The photography exhibition tour has already visited Peshawar, Islamabad, Karachi and Quetta and will travel to over 10 other cities in the UK and Pakistan over the next few months.
The British High Commission has also launched a video of its staff marking Pakistan’s Independence Day. Geo News