Independence Day of Uzbekistan
Naveed Ahmad Khan
Ambassador of Uzbekistan to Pakistan Furkat Sidikov hosted a grand reception to mark the 27th Independence Day of his country at a local hotel in Islamabad.
Federal Minister for Railways Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed was the chief guest while Noor-Ul-Haq Qadri, Federal Minister of Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony, Dean of the Diplomatic Corps and Ambassador of Turkmenistan Atadjan Movlamov and former National Security Adviser Lt Gen (retd) Nasser Khan Janjua were the participants of the reception.
The reception was a well-attended affair with many senior diplomats and Pakistanis from different walks of life attending the function to congratulate him and members of his embassy. Concurrently with the reception an exhibition of photographs of famous Muslim scantiest
Federal Minister for Railways Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed has said Uzbekistan and Pakistan are great friends and these relations will further be strengthened during the tenure of PTI government. The Federal Minister expressed these views while speaking on the occasion of 27th anniversary of Independence Day of Uzbekistan.
The federal minister further said, Uzbekistan is very important country in the region and Pakistan attached huge importance to its relations with Uzbekistan. He hoped relations with Uzbekistan would grow further in the coming days also.
Earlier the Ambassador of Uzbekistan Furqat Sidiqov addressed the gathering. In his remarks he said Pakistan was among the first countries to recognize Uzbekistan’s independence.
He said, People of Uzbekistan and Pakistan have deep-rooted relations and share a common culture, traditions, history and religion
Evolving relations in cultural and humanitarian sphere are of great significance in strengthening of Uzbek-Pakistani cooperation. “Uzbekistan-Pakistan” Community has been successfully acting since 1991.
He said, in 2016 Pak-Uzbek Forum was established in Pakistan by group of prominent people in Pakistan, including business, academic and artistic communities with the support Uzbekistan and Pakistan relations..
Representatives of science, culture and art of the two countries regularly participate in scientific conferences, festivals and other events. In particular, the Pakistani artists are traditional participants of the International Music Festival “Sharq taronalari” in Samarkand. Zaheerud Din Baber, founder of the Mughal dynasty in subcontinent was from Uzbekistan and from the descendent of Amir Taimoor who is the national hero of Uzbekistan. Zaheerud Din Baber by establishing Mughal dynasty in the subcontinent, he made first the foundation of Pakistan which is a great contribution from Uzbekistan to Pakistan. Islam to subcontinent came through Central Asia and especially from Uzbekistan that is the real strong bond between the two nations and the two countries. Uzbekistan is a land locked country and could be benefited by the Gawadar port and economic corridor which could be extended to Tashkent. Uzbek is a great nation with a great history and has very special relations with Pakistan.
Later the guests cut the cake. Visitors enjoyed traditional Uzbek cuisines and praised arrangements of the hosts made on the occasion.