National Foundation Day and Armed Forces Day of Korea
South Korea is the first country to introduce Motorways in Pakistan and it is with this country’s help that the then government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif constructed the Lahore-Islamabad Motorway back in late 1990s. Similarly, popular Korean bus service Daewoo is even today the first choice of most of the public because of its timely arrivals and departures, luxury services and safe travelling. Its network is ever increasing that shows people’s growing confidence in the service.
Federal Minister for States & Frontier Regions Lt Gen (R) Abdul Qadir Baloch while addressing a reception as Chief Guest by the Korean embassy in connection with the country’s National Foundation Day & Armed Forces Day was all praise for Korean government’s investment and contribution in Pakistan’s economy and for promoting people-to-people ties. Charge d’Affaires of the Republic of Korea Jin-Wook Kim and his spouse had hosted the annual event at the embassy’s lush green lawns. The event was always attended (as it is always) by a large number of Pakistani and Korean communities, representatives from civil society, government and opposition parties and officials of the Foreign Office. Governor Punjab Malik Rafique Rajwana, former Prime Minister Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, representative of Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, former MNA Hanif Abbasi, members of the diplomatic community, military attachés, retired generals, civil servants and other notables of the town attended the reception.
Abdul Qadir Baloch noted that trade volume between Pakistan and Korea is at around US$1 billion, however he expressed his desire that it should be a two-way traffic and Pakistani goods should also be exported to Korean market.
Earlier welcoming the guests, Charge d’Affaires Jin Wook-Kim said relations between Korea and Pakistan have been reinforced during the last ten years of the current government in Korea. Pakistan is a great friend of Korea so is Korea and people of both the countries love and respect each other, he said. Korean envoy particularly mentioned Winter Olympics scheduled to be held at Pyeongchang. The forthcoming Winter Olympics will be promoted as ‘Peace Olympics’ to showcase the culture of the Korean people, he said. He also referred to South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s statement the United Nations General Assembly on September 21, in which he had expressed his desire for the Winter Olympics to become a symbol of peace. At the end of the reception, traditional Korean troupe “Jeong Ga Ak Hoe” gave a spell-binding performance to introduce the rich Korean culture and music. The stunning performance was all about unique interpretations of Korean traditional music alongside newly composed works for traditional instruments. The band has a repertoire of deep roots in the ancient Korean concept of Johwa, meaning ‘harmony’ or ‘balance’ and each performance was an expression of the trans-formative power that exists in music and nature.