It was festive, it was marvellous, it was grand and above all it reflected the traditional Saudi hospital-ity. The National Day reception hosted by the Saudi Consul General Mohammad Abdullah Ahmad Daim himself went around thanking people for being his guests, and enquiring about their welfare.
This extraordinary demonstration of courtesy is rare, but at the Saudi Reception, attended by a packed to capacity crowd at the Banquet Hall of a local hotel, it was in full bloom.
In his speech, Daim reaffirmed his country’s unflinching loyalty and commitment to Pakistan and its integrity, saying that his consulate issued 700 visas every day. Umra visa, suspended during the last week of Ramazan, will resume after Muharram ul Haram.
The guests included a galaxy people, including Sindh Governor Dr Eshratul Ebad Khan, the Sindh Assembly Speaker Agha Sirajuddin Durrani, the Director General of Rangers Maj-General Bilal Akbar, and consuls-general by dozens. They included head of diplomatic missions in Karachi of USA Grace Shelton, Turkey, Onart, In-donesia Hadi Santoso, Bangla Desh Noore Helal, Bahrein Dr Ebrahim A-Hejazi, to name a few.
The Royal touch was evident in the fine cuisine served soon after national anthem of Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, the speech, and the cake cutting.
Strict security within the hall and outside the hotel was mounted because of the enormous amount of high-profile personalities. Overall it was a lovely evening, memorable indeed. The consul general Daim, a lion-hearted man, always smiling, is indeed a great choice of Riyadh to be sent here. He was at the United Nations but for emre four months. He feels happy to be in Pakistan, where people are loving and affectionate, and have a special place in their heart for the Holy Land.