Slightly surprising but delightfully pleasant. The Indonesian reception marking the 73rd Independence Day Thursday evening at a local hotel, was turned memorable because of remarkable imagination from the country’s consul general Totok Prianamto. Indonesian girls and boys in their colourful costumes lined up corridors for nearly 30 yards saluting every single guests while passing through the long line before the consul general and his wife Dwi Arjani Susantyarti could greet them with their inimitable smiles, and hugs to close and intimate friends.
The reception was warm and enthusiastic and the speech from the host showed deep and close relationship Indonesia had with Pakistan since the country’s inception in 1947. Indonesia gained independence in 1945 soon after second world war, two years ahead of Pakistan but Jakarta was among the first countries to recognize the new found State.
The consul general touched upon the role played by their respective two leaders, Quaide azam and his country’s leader both long struggled for independence of their respective people. He recalled that the two countries had best of relations, economic, cultural, trade but still greater potential existed which should now be attempted sincerely.
Sindh minister for Women development Shehla Raza reciprocated the warm sentiments from Mr Prianamto hoping that ties will be further cemented in all segments of life, including cultural. Indonesia , like entire south asia from Bangla Desh to Taiwan is rich in cultural heritage.
Dozens of diplomats, heads of missions in Karachi from Japan Toshikazu Isomura, Malaysian new consul general Khairul Nazran Abd Rehman, Sri Lanka G.L. Gnanatheva, bangla desh Noor-e-Helal, Saifur Rehman, acting consul general of Saudi Arabia, consul general of Qatar, Bahrien,Oman, Swtizerland Phippie and his wife, acting consul general of Korea, consul general of Turkey, Afghanistan, Turkey and many more. Among the business elite were former senator Haseeb Khan, former vice president of FPCCI Aftab, Baig brothers, Athar Iqbal, Arif Balagamwala, Majyd Aziz, and lot more.
The atmosphere were Jubilant, Indonedia consulate had flag hoisting celebration on its independence day of 17 August, but held the formal reception to celebrate the day on Thursday.