Grand it the word, and perhaps more than that—glamorous in fact. The Chinese national day for 69th independence day celebrated in Karachi by consul general Wang Yu, was full of enthusiasm and colour, excelling in hospitality, and turn out.
By saying that it drew a full house of the huge banquet hall of the local 5-star hotel, it would be under-statement. So many guests, heads of diplomatic missions in Karachi, Commander Coastal Areas Rear Admiral Muazzam Ilyas, few more high-level officials of Pakistan navy were prominent among them.
Then Sindh government was represented in fuller strength, governor Imran Ismail, chief minister Murad Ali Shah, provincial assembly speaker Agha Sirajuddin, hosts of business elite like Kalim Farooqi, Byram D Avari, former senator Haseeb Khan, former senior vice president FPCCI Ishtiaq Baig, and honoray consul Ikhtiar Baig, Kazi Sajid Ali, Consuls General of France, Dedier Talpain, of Germany, Eugen Wollfarth, consul of Italy, Anna Ruffine, consul general of Iran Ahmad Mohammadi, of Turkey, Tolga UCAK, of Republic of Korea, Bongsu PARK, of Oman Mohammed Al Mabasali, of Qatar Ansari, of Japan, Tashokuzi Isomura. .
In his welcome speech, consul general Wang Yu reassured Pakistan of his country’s unstinted support, and informing people that 19 projects of CPEC have so far been completed, power houses are being built, and CPEC will be of great benefit to Pakistan, China, the region, and most of the world.
In his response, Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah lauded the Chinese people and the government, recalling late Chairman Mao, and Zulfikar Ali Bhutto were its pillars of strength. Pak-China friendship is is role model for most bilateral relationships in the world. In fact the most important bond, cemented by people to people contact—a phrase which was also emphasized upon in his speech by consul general Wang.
He held out assurance that security of Chinese nationals in his province will be his prime responsibility. Governor Imran Ismail also spoke at length.
National anthem of China and Pakistan, cake cutting formality over, Chinese girls, in their milky white costumes presented fold dances in a fairy-tale fashion which evoked laud applause form the audience. In fact it was a great, a memorable evening. Ending with lovely Chinese cuisine.