British royal couple ‘look forward to build a lasting friendship’ with Pakistan Despite security concerns would try to meet as many Pakistanis as possible

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Zubair Qureshi

Owing to prevailing security situation, Prince William and Kate Middleton— Duke and Duchess of Cambridge— are all set to undertake the most complex official visit to Pakistan from Oct 14 to Oct 18, 2019. The visit is being undertaken at the request of The Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
This is also going to be the first official visit of the royal couple to Pakistan.
According to a statement issued by Communications Secretary to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on Friday whilst The Duke and Duchess’s programme will pay respect to the historical relationship between Britain and Pakistan, it will largely focus on showcasing Pakistan as it is today – a dynamic, aspirational and forward-looking nation.
From the modern leafy capital Islamabad, to the vibrant city of Lahore, the mountainous countryside in the North, and the rugged border regions to the West, the visit will span over 1000km, and will take in Pakistan’s rich culture, its diverse communities, and its beautiful landscapes, said the Communication Secretary’s statement issued by the British High Commission of Islamabad.
Throughout the tour, Their Royal Highnesses will visit programmes which empower young people, and organisations that help ensure they have the best possible start in life.
Access to quality education, particularly to girls and young women is one of the UK’s top priorities in Pakistan. The Duke and Duchess are looking forward to spending time meeting young Pakistanis, and hearing more about their aspirations for the future, further says the statement. .
Their Royal Highnesses’ programme will also cover how communities in Pakistan are rapidly responding and adapting to the effects of climate change, the statement says adding, “This a key area of interest for Their Royal Highnesses; they are keen to learn more about the climate change issues affecting Pakistan and our world, and the positive work being undertaken to combat these challenges.”
Their Royal Highnesses will also spend time understanding the complex security picture in Pakistan. They will learn more about the challenges and opportunities, both of the past and today. The UK has been a key partner for Pakistan, and The Duke and Duchess will meet UK and Pakistan military personnel who are sharing expertise to improve security.
Pakistan hosts one of Britain’s largest overseas networks, with the British High Commission in Islamabad being one of the UK’s largest diplomatic mission in the world.
The UK’s links with Pakistan are extensive, and Their Royal Highnesses are looking forward to building a lasting friendship with the people of Pakistan, further says