Pakistan marks independence in Seoul

Posted on Aug 21 2016 - 8:15pm
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Pakistan’s Ambassador to Korea Zahid Nasrullah Khan, third from left in front row, hosts a reception to mark his country’s 70th anniversary of independence at the COEX Auditorium in Seoul on August 14.
/ Courtesy of the Embassy of Pakistan

By Rachel Lee

Pakistan’s Ambassador to Korea, Zahid Nasrullah Khan, hosted a reception to mark his country’s 70th anniversary of independence at the COEX Auditorium in Seoul on August 14.

Over 1,000 local and foreign envoys — including the first Ambassador of Korea to Pakistan, Oh Jae-hee — attended the event. Famous Pakistani singer Sara Raza Khan came to Korea for the occasion.

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The ambassador said he had been involved in many positive initiatives in the past three years and he was pleased with the outcome of his efforts.

These included the first visits of the Korean Prime Minister and the Speaker of the National Assembly to Pakistan, the increase in the EDCF loan and work on major projects such as the IT park, the children’s hospital and the 100-megawatt Gulpur Hydro Power project, completed by KOEN.

Khan brought her band of five musicians and performed traditional Pakistani music at the function.

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The Pakistan Embassy said Independence Day is a “unique tale among the comity of nations.”

“It is a tale of a dual struggle against a colonial ruler as well as for recognition of a minority being oppressed by the majority population,” the embassy said.

“The Muslims of the Indian subcontinent, under the charismatic leadership of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, struggled against British colonial rule and against oppression by the local Hindu population, to achieve a separate homeland where they could practice their faith without oppression.

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“This remarkable struggle was taking place at a time when Korea was struggling against its own colonial rulers and both nations achieved freedom around the same time. The shared heritage of struggle and success reflects the resilience of the two peoples. It was this cherished vision of freedom that was on remarkable display at the Independence Day event last Sunday.”

Chief guest Dr. Song Jong-hwan, the previous Ambassador of Korea to Pakistan, during his speech highlighted the exceptional growth in relations between Korea and Pakistan over the past three years. He was pleased with the ongoing free trade agreement talks and hoped the FTA would be signed by the middle of next year.

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