Pakistan expects understanding and support from friends in defeating terrorism: High Commissioner Syed Ibne Abbas

London, June 04, 2015 (PPI-OT): H.E. Syed Ibne Abbas, Pakistan High Commissioner to the UK has said that Pakistan expects understanding and support from friends like the UK in defeating extremism and terrorism from its soil. The High Commissioner stated this in his keynote address at the 62nd Annual Dinner of The Pakistan Society at the Great Hall of Lincoln’s Inn, London last evening. He is also the Honorary President of The Pakistan Society.

Appreciating the work of The Pakistan Society, the High Commissioner said:

“We realise the importance of developing understanding and co-operation between our countries and peoples and further broadening this relationship not only through diplomacy but in trade, education, culture, arts and tourism. The focused and tireless efforts of the pioneers and members of The Pakistan Society over the years have helped those bonds flourish from strength to strength.”

The High Commissioner further said that Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah was called to the English Bar by Lincoln’s Inn which reminds us of yet another important historical linkage between our two nations.

In his speech as the Guest of Honour, General Sir Nicholas Carter, British Chief of the General Staff, shed light on the close military relations between the UK and Pakistan. He informed that the first ever Pakistani military instructor would very soon be posted at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, which would further energize these relations.

General Sir Nicholas Carter appreciated Pakistan’s successful military operation against extremists and terrorists as well as improving cooperation between Pakistan and Afghanistan for regional peace and stability. He also paid rich tributes to the Muslim soldiers from the sub-continent, who fought alongside the British Army in WW-I and WW-II.

On this occasion, The Pakistan Society’s publication “Tribute: The Contribution to victory in World War II by the Muslim men of pre-partition India”. Sir Nicholas Barrington highlighted the salient features of the book which has been co-authored by Emran Hussain and Ian Mcleod. On this occasion, Ian Mcleod was presented with the Pakistan Society’s Annual Award jointly by H.E. Syed Ibne Abbas and General Sir Nicholas Carter.

At the end, Sir William Blackburne, Chairman of the Pakistan Society thanked all involved in organizing the dinner. The Pakistan Society was founded in 1951. The Patrons of the Society are HRH the Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh and H.E. the President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Based in London, the Pakistan Society endeavours to increase public knowledge in Britain of the arts, history, antiquities and geography of Pakistan, as well as its economic life and political institutions through regular lectures, meetings and social events.

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