Informal gatherings, events serve to promote formal diplomacy

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Mehmooda Mamnoon inaugurates PFOWA’s Charity Bazaar

Zubair Qureshi

Wife of President Mamnoon Hussain, Mehmooda Mamnoon has highlighted the need for informal gatherings and evens to strengthen diplomatic relations and bilateral ties with other countries of the world. She said this while inaugurating as the Chief Guest, the Pakistan Foreign Office Women Association’s (PFOWA) charity bazaar here on Sunday.
The charity bazaar was organized in the lawn of the Foreign Office, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Earlier upon the arrival of the First Lady, office-bearers of the PFOWA received her and took her to the various stalls set up in the bazaar. Mehmooda Mamnoon while commending the PFOWA’s annual initiative said it would go a long way in promoting formal diplomacy and boosting friendly, cultural and traditional ties among the nations of the world.
On a micro level, she said the charity bazaar would provide a good chance to support financially-constrained families of the staff of the Foreign Office.
She expressed her satisfaction that the charity bazaar was also providing a platform to the diplomats and their families of different countries to understand and learn about Pakistani culture, values and traditions. There is no doubt, she said that diversity of cultural values and ties serve to strengthen relations among the nations. She said it was encouraging to note that PFOWA was expanding its network and for the first time in the country’s history, a woman officer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is heading the Foreign Office.
This shows that Pakistani women are also making their contributions in the development and uplift of the country along with the men folk.
On the occasion, she announced Rs500,000 aid for the PFOWA. Meanwhile, Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua has noted with satisfaction that PFOWA is completing its 70 years and the charity bazaar is being held to mark the 70 years of celebrations and activities of the association. She particularly mentioned the food stalls of the bazaar which are very popular with the Diplomatic community. PFOWA’s President Dr Ayesha Haq was of the view that PFOWA continues to help and assist Foreign Office staff, particularly those with less income through its fund raising programmes, charity bazaars and other activities.
Not only, they are financially supported but their children’s marriages are also largely funded by the association she said. The charity bazaar that was organized in the lawn of the Foreign Office turned into a cultural gala and members took keen interest in the traditional items of Pakistan’s various provinces and territories.

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