By Arif Qureshi | September, 23, 2016 |
Islamabad: Saudi Arabian Ambassador to Pakistan Abdullah Marzouk Al-Zahrani hosted a colorful reception to host 86th National Day ceremony of his country at a local Hotel here in Islamabad on Friday. Saudi Diplomatic missions across the globe celebrate its National Day every year on 23 September prominently known as (Al-Yaom-ul-Watany) to express their solidarity with 23 September 1932, when late King Abdulaziz Al- Saud announced the unification of the country as a kingdom.
Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan Abdullah Marzouk Al-Zahrani was in line with alls his Saudi embassy officials to welcome the distinguished guests. Scores of the ambassadors from diplomatic crops, parliamentarians, media personalities, security officials and business community was among the participants.
It was a different ceremony as compared with other diplomatic functions in Pakistan’s capital. The prime features of the ceremony were all the heads of the diplomatic mission of Gulf countries dominated the functions. Ambassadors and diplomatic representatives of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Jordan, Egypt, UAE, Bahrain, Sudan, and Oman wearing their traditional Arab dress were welcoming their European and African diplomatic colleagues.
Before starting the official ceremony national anthems of Pakistan and Saudi Arabia were played. Saudi Envoy along with chief guest Minister for Defence Khawaja Muhammad Asif cut the cake of ceremony. The reception was followed by a grand dinner where guests were served with traditional Arabian and Pakistani food.
Almost all the political and religious parties of Pakistan were invited, Minister for Defence Khawaja Muhammad Asif was chief guest of the ceremony with Governor Punjab Malik Rafiq Rajwana, Leader of the House in Senate Raja Zafarul Haq, head of Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir Affairs Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Senator Mushahid Hussain, Pakistan Muslim League chief Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, Senator Lt. General (Retd) Abdul Qayyum, Maulana Sami ul Haq, Professor Sajid Mir, Allama Tahir Asharafi, former senator Wasim Shehzad of PTI, Mayor of Islamabad Ansar Aziz,
At the end of the ceremony Muslim and non Muslim guests were also provided with gift bags containing various booklets and copies of the Holy Quran in English and other languages. Maktab ud Dawah Wa-Al Irshad a Saudi NGO which is working to promote Islamic education through translation of Holy Quran in different language had installed a stall having copies of Holy Quran and Hidth.
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