Polish Envoy celebrated National Day in Islamabad

Islamabad: Ambassador Piotr Opalindki while commemorating the ‘National Independence Day of the Poland and the Armed Forces day’ on Tuesday has emphasized the bilateral relation between  Poland and Pakistan and expressed the satisfaction over the cooperation.

To celebrate the event Ambassador and Mrs Piotr Opalinski hosted a reception at the Marriott Hotel, Islamabad.The Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani was the chief guest and the visiting Marshal of the Senate of Poland, Stanislaw Karczewski was the guest of honour,  while Lt Gen Nadim Raza, Commander 10 Corps graced the occasion as a special guest. The event commenced with the national anthem of both countries, and a cake was also cut in a fascinating manner. The event was attended by diplomats; Defence Attaches and Advisors of the Diplomatic Defence Corps; Pakistanis from different walks of life, including officers of the Armed Forces and members of a visiting Polish delegation.

The Crystal Hall was abuzz with conversation and a celebratory atmosphere held sway as guests arrived and congratulated the hosts. The VIP seating area had a backdrop of a scene of the capital Warsaw, which has been beautifully reconstructed after the devastation suffered during World War 11. A video screening of the sights and sounds of Poland continued till dinner was served. An exhibition of photographs of Polish hero, Air Commodore W adys aw Józef Marian Turowicz and his spouse Zophia – who is a heroine in her own right – had been set up in an adjacent room to pay tribute to the man who was known as ‘Pakistan’s Polish Patriot.’

Ambassador Opalinski warmly welcomed the partcipants  and saying a few words about Poland/Pakistan friendship in soft urdu. He switched to English to introduce the guest of honour and thank Raza Rabbani for accepting his invitation.

Marshal Stanis aw Karczewski spoke in Polish and his speech was translated to English. He gave a brief outline of the history of Poland; expressed satisfaction at the bilateral relations which were cordial from the beginning but were cemented many years ago when about forty five Polish Air Force officers and other refugees chose to settle in Pakistan after World War 11, with high words of appreciation for Air Commodore Turowicz and the work he had done. Speaking of his visit to Pakistan he said it was gratifying to note that Polish parliamentarians and their Pakistani counterparts had similar thinking on various issues and how this was conducive to fostering better bilateral relations. “I am happy to be here with you all as we celebrate our national day” he said.”I will carry back pleasant memories of my visit.”

Raza Rabbani also spoke in Urdu for a few minutes, saying Ambassador Polanski had spoken such good Urdu that he felt a little nervous about speaking after him! Continuing in English he said that Pakistan was keen to enhance mutual cooperation with Poland in addition to strengthening cooperation in different sectors for the benefit of the people of both countries and expressed satisfaction that both Pakistan and Poland supported each other on international forums. He too mentioned the Polish officers and others who had stayed in Pakistan – a country which was open minded and unlike the negative impression given by international media. Thanking his hosts for inviting him to celebrate along with them on this auspicious occasion, he concluded by wishing the people of Poland on behalf of the government and himself.

The Ambassador of Poland Piotr Opalinski served in Pakistan as the deputy head of the mission from 1999-2005. This is his second tenure in Pakistan. During his stay in Pakistan, he holds quite good knowledge of the history, culture, and political scenario of Pakistan.

Besides being an excellent diplomat, Opalinski is an erudite scholar who also has excellent command over the Urdu language. He has a tremendous diplomatic skill to promote the bilateral relations between the two countries. In his speech, he said that Pakistan and Poland have strong bilateral and friendly relations and expressed the desire to enhance ties in diverse fields further.

On this occasion, a photo exhibition was also organised to sensitize the guests about Pakistani and polish history. The participants took the round and admired the great bond of friendship between the two countries.


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