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(15-02-2019) The Attack in Pulwama in the Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir is a matter of grave concern.


Prime Minister Imran Khan is chairing a National Security Committee (NSC) meeting at Prime Minister House on Thursday.

The meeting is attended by Finance Minister Asad Umar, Defence Minister Pervez Khattak, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Minister of State for Interior Shaharyar Afridi, among other cabinet members. The meeting is also attended by services chiefs, heads of intelligence agencies, and security officials.

The meeting will discuss the case of Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav which is being heard at the International Court of Justice. The recent ongoing situation after the Pulwama attack will also come under discussion, local media reported.

The visit of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman to the country will also be discussed.




Attack in Pulwama
(15-02-2019) The Attack in Pulwama in the Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir is a matter of grave concern.

We have always condemned heightened acts of violence in the Valley.

We strongly reject any insinuation by elements in the Indian government and media circles that seek to link the attack to the  State of Pakistan without investigations.

14 February 2019




Pakistan High Commission is providing assistance and food to the stranded Pakistanis due to cancellation of Samjohta express. The Mission has taken up the matter with MEA for alternative transport arrangements for the stranded Pakistani passengers. 
All Pakistani passengers, who could not travel to Lahore due to cancellation of Samjhota Express train service may contact the following officer/ officials of the High Commission for Pakistan, New Delhi for facilitation:
• Mr. Ilyas Mehmood Nizami (0091) 8130410164
• Mr. Muhammad Shabbir (0091) 9717221589
• Mr. Sohail Ahmed (0091) 9560019477





New Delhi: Pakistan High Commissioner to India, Abdul Basit, on Wednesday regretted the opposition made by Shiv Sena on the musical concert of Pakistani ghazal singer Ghulam Ali, saying that Indian artists do not face such opposition when they visit Pakistan.

"Our position is very clear. We do encourage people to people contacts, we encourage our artists to visit both sides, visit each other and perform. Our policy is very constructive, very positive. Indian artists when they go to Pakistan, they do not face such opposition," Basit told the media here.




High Commission for Pakistan
New Delhi

Press Release
No.13/PR-2015 08 April, 2015

On the directions of Mr. Mohammad Nawaz Sharif, Prime Minister of Islamic Republic of Pakistan a special plane taking Indian passengers (rescued from Yemen by Pakistan Navy Ship Aslat) arrived in New Delhi from Karachi today.

High Commissioner of Pakistan Abdul Basit received them at New Delhi International airport and presented them flowers/souvenir.


New Delhi



High Commission for Pakistan
New Delhi

Press Release
No.12/PR-2015 08 April, 2015

“Pakistan is a firm believer in the effectiveness of the SAARC process and has always championed the cause of regional cooperation in finding solutions to issues that affect the entire region. Challenges like poverty and disease continue to afflict our people and remain an impediment to realization of full potential of those that live in this region that stands out for being the third largest in terms of GDP”, this was stated by Ms. Saira Afzal Tarar, Minister of State for National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination while representing the Government of Pakistan to the fifth meeting of SAARC Health Ministers at New Delhi, today.

India is hosting the 5th meeting of the SAARC Health Ministers at New Delhi today. The meeting is being organized in pursuance of decisions taken by the SAARC Summit of Heads of State/ Governments held at Kathmandu in November, 2014.

Prior to the Health Ministers’ meeting, the 7th Meeting of SAARC Expert Group on HIV/AIDS, 5th Meeting of the SAARC Technical Committee on Health and Population and the 5th Meeting of the SAARC Senior Officials (Health Secretaries) were held during 6-7 April, 2015.

Referring to Pakistan’s region first policy, Ms. Saira Afzal Tarar, Minister of State for National Health Services, reiterated Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif’s vision of “Peace for development and development for peace.”

Ms. Saira Afzal Tarar underscored significance of the meeting as leaders representing over a fifth of humanity were converged to deliberate on common challenges that confront people of the region, share experiences and chart a course for the future. She underlined need of cooperation among regional countries to fight poverty, disease and disability.

She informed the participants that Prevention and Control of Communicable Diseases remains the top priority for the federal and Provincial Governments in Pakistan. She apprised the audience that Pakistan has reduced polio cases in 2014 due to aggressive polio eradication drive. While enumerating Government’s reforms policies in health sector, she apprised that drug pricing policy was introduced in the country which provided for a transparent system of pricing where discretion was done away with. She further informed that the Government has taken a major stride forward in enhancing the size of pictorial health warning of each cigarette pack to an unprecedented 85 percent of the cigarette pack and made it mandatory for all cigarette manufacturers to carry it on their products. The step is hailed by the World Health Organization.

The meeting was attended by Ms. Saira Afzal Tarar, Federal Minister of State for National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination, Government of Pakistan, Mr. J. P. Nadda, Indian Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare,. Mr. Firozuddin Feroz, Minister of Public Health, Government of Afghanistan; Mr. Zahid Maleque, MP, State Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Government of Bangladesh; Mr. Lyonpo Tandin Wangchuk, Minister of Health, Royal Government of Bhutan; Mr. Ahmed Zuhoor, Minister of Health, Government of Maldives; Mr. Khaga Raj Adhikari, Minister of Health & Population, Government of Nepal; and Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, Minister of Health & Indigenous Medicine, Government of Sri Lanka.


New Delhi


High Commission for Pakistan
New Delhi

Press Release

No.10/PR-2015 March 23rd 2015


To celebrate the Pakistan Day, an impressive flag hoisting ceremony was held in the Pakistan High Commission this morning.

Speaking on the occasion, High Commissioner Abdul Basit congratulated all Pakistan nationals in India on this auspicious occasion. He stated that the creation of Pakistan within seven years of the passage of the 1940 Lahore Resolution reflected the wisdom and tenacity of our founding fathers. Under the impeccable and sagacious leadership of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the Muslims of the sub-continent realized their dream. It was now incumbent upon us to make Pakistan a truly welfare state as envisioned by the Quaid-e-Azam.

Referring to Pakistan-India relations, the High Commissioner underlined the importance of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s vision of “Peace for development and development for peace.” He said Pakistan was keen to settle all the issues with India, including the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, through dialogue. He added that peace was in the mutual interest of Pakistan and India and that it was now high time to normalize relations and usher in a new era of peace and stability, enabling the two countries to address the challenges facing our region and exploiting myriad of opportunities unleashed by globalization.

Earlier, Deputy High Commissioner Mansoor Ahmed Khan read out messages from the President and the Prime Minister of Pakistan.

Students of the Pakistan High Commission School sang Pakistan national songs and presented a tableau highlighting the struggle for the creation of Pakistan.

At the end of the ceremony, Mrs. Summiya Basit, wife of the High Commissioner, distributed gifts among the students.


New Delhi





No.8/2015-PR February 12, 2015

Press Release



The Pakistan High Commission hosted a reception for a delegation of Pakistan-India students and their teachers, today.


A fifty (50) member Pakistan delegation including thirty (30) students from fifteen (15) schools of Lahore, Karachi, Rawalpindi and Islamabad is visiting India under the programme “Students Exchange for Change 2013-2015” to spread a message of peace between the two nations. In addition to the Pakistan delegation a large number of students from various schools of Delhi also attended the reception.


While addressing the students High Commissioner Abdul Basit said: “The youth of both countries is the hope of the region, their courage, curiosity and spontaneity will surely bring a change. Young people on both sides are aware how important peace between India and Pakistan is to realize our potential. I am confident they are ready to work together to achieve the shared objectives of peace and prosperity”.


The High Commissioner also inaugurated an exhibition of the artwork of the students of both countries. He appreciated the students for outstanding efforts for spreading the message of peace and friendship by their work.


A leading Indian NGO “Routes2Roots” in collaboration with” The Citizens Archives of Pakistan” are engaged for exchange of students under the Programme “Exchange for Change 2013-2015".


Mr. Rakesh Gupta, founder of Routes2Roots and Ms. Swaleha Alam Shehzada of Citizen Archives of Pakistan thanked the High Commissioner for hosting the event.




Prime Minister's Office
(Press Wing)

Press Release

Islamabad; January 28, 2015

Pakistan's High Commissioner to India, Mr. Abdul Basit called on Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif at the PM's House here today and briefed him on the status of Pakistan-India relations.

The Prime Minister reiterated that Pakistan wants good neighborly relations with all countries of the region.

He said India is an important neighbor for us and we would like to have normal relations with the country on the basis of mutual respect and sovereign equality.

The Prime Minister said it is important that two countries resolve all their outstanding issues including Jammu and Kashmir in order to have viable peace in the region.







No.5/2015-PR January 26, 2015

Press Release



Prime Minister Mr. Muhammad Nawaz Sharif felicitates Indian Prime Minister

Mr. Narendra Modi on the occasion of the 66th Republic Day of India



The following is the text of message of greetings from Prime Minister Mr. Muhammad Nawaz Sharif to the Indian Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi on the occasion of the 66th Republic Day of India falling on 26 January 2015.







On behalf of the people and the Government of Pakistan, and on my own behalf, I would like to convey our warm felicitations to you, your Government, and the people of India, on the happy occasion of India’s 66th Republic Day.


In wishing the people of India progress and prosperity, it is our sincere wish to forge friendly and cooperative relations between our two countries. Pakistan remains committed to developing friendly relations with India on the basis of sovereign equality, mutual respect and commonality of interests. We believe that our two Governments can work together towards the development of our countries, the well being of our peoples, and achieving our common goal of peaceful and prosperous South Asia.


I avail myself of this opportunity to convey my best wishes to you, and for the happiness and prosperity of the people of India.



(Muhammad Nawaz Sharif)

Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan



His Excellency,

Mr. Narendra Modi,

Prime Minister of the Republic of India,

New Delhi.” Ends




No.6/2015-PR January 26, 2015

Press Release



President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Mr. Mamnoon Hussain felicitates Indian President, Mr. Pranab Mukherjee on the occasion of the 66th Republic Day of India



The following is the text of message of greetings from President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Mr. Mamnoon Hussain to the Indian President Mr. Pranab Mukherjee on the occasion of the 66th Republic Day of India falling on 26 January 2015:






On the auspicious occasion of the 66th Republic Day, I would like to extend, on behalf of the people and the Government of Pakistan and on my own behalf, our warmest felicitations to Your Excellency, the Government and the people of India.


Please accept, Excellency, the assurances of my highest consideration.



Mamnoon Hussain

President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan


His Excellency

Mr. Pranab Mukherjee

President of the Republic of India

New Delhi”.


In the wake of the horrendous terroist attack on a school in Peshawar and the resultant loss of lives, a three-day mourning has been declared by the Government of Pakistan from 17 to 19 December 2014. A Condolence Book has been placed in the High Commission from Wednesday, 17th December to Friday, 19th December 2014 for the condolence messages. Following are the timings:

Wednesday, 17th December     -     1400-1630 hours

Thursday, 18th December         -     1000-1300 hours & 1500-1630 hours

Friday, 19th December              -     1000-1230 hours & 1500-1630 hours


Prime Minister’s Address at the London Conference on Afghanistan, London Thursday, 4 December 2014


Prime Minister David Cameron,
President Ashraf Ghani,
His Highness,
Secretary John Kerry,
Ladies and Gentlemen
I thank Prime Minister David Cameron for organizing this important Conference on Afghanistan.
Let me begin by reiterating that Pakistan remains in strong solidarity with the people of Afghanistan.

We are aware of the challenges that history and geography have consistently posed for the people of Afghanistan.
Only recently our brothers have suffered fresh casualties from terrorist attacks in Paktika and Kabul.  I offer my sincere condolences to the families of those who lost their loved ones.
Over the past 13 years, Afghanistan has made significant gains in many important areas. The landmark agreement between President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, to form a government of national unity is an important milestone in this democratic transition.
We fully support the Government’s forward-looking vision and reform programme – including measures to strengthen the economy, governance, and the rule of law – with the overall aim of achieving self-reliance during the “Transformation Decade,” and its plans for regional connectivity.
We have also welcomed the government’s call for dialogue, and its determination to resolve differences through political means.
I recently had the privilege of welcoming President Ashraf Ghani on his first state visit to Pakistan. I am convinced that we made a historic new beginning in our bilateral relations.
I shared with President Ghani my vision of a comprehensive and enduring partnership between Pakistan and Afghanistan, which contributes to the security and prosperity of our two nations and reinforces efforts for peace and development in the region.
We agreed that terrorism, a common enemy, must be fought through common endeavours, without any distinction. We reaffirmed the commitment that neither side would allow its territory to be used against the other.
We have initiated actions to deepen security cooperation, promote bilateral trade and streamline transit trade issues, build a stronger economic relationship with a new focus on investments, and enhanced regional economic cooperation.
We have also agreed to fast-track the implementation of key trans-regional energy projects – particularly CASA-1000 and TAPI gas pipeline.
We would also work together to promote the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process – as Pakistan will host its 5th Ministerial Conference in 2015.
While recognizing the principle of reciprocal commitments, underlining the Tokyo Mutual Accountability Framework (TMAF), it is our considered view that the international community would need to do more, to help the Afghan leadership realize its vision and to advance our common goal of a peaceful, stable, united and prosperous Afghanistan.
Specifically, I propose nine points for consideration by the international partners:
i)         Send a clear message of deeper engagement with Afghanistan.

ii)        Respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Afghanistan and the dignity of its people.
iii)      Help address the urgent fiscal crisis and provide sustained financial assistance through the “Transformation Decade”, for building a secure and self-reliant Afghanistan.
iv)       Build development cooperation according to the development priorities of the Afghan government.
v)        Strengthen efforts in the fight against narcotics production and trafficking.
vi)       Support the new government’s desire to bring back 5 million Afghan refugees living abroad, by helping to create conducive conditions for their sustainable reintegration.
vii)       Support projects for regional connectivity – such as the Peshawar-Kabul Motorway and the rail link.
viii)       Implement the vision of Afghanistan as a “land-bridge” by supporting communications and energy corridors. 
ix)        Reinforce economic CBMs of the Heart of Asia, as part of the regional processes for the stabilization of Afghanistan.
I thank you all.




No.23/2014-PR Dated: September 11, 2014


Aaleshan Pakistan Exhibition jointly inaugurated by Chairman Trade Development authority of Pakistan Mr. S.M. Muneer, High Commissioner of Pakistan Mr. Abdul Basit and Mr Siddharth Birla President FICCI at Pargatti Maidan, New Delhi, today. 

On the occasion, S.M. Muneer said the event will help people living below poverty line in both the nations.

"To support them, we have to increase our turnover. When the business of both the countries will increase, then the poor people will be benefited too," he said.

Pakistani High Commissioner Abdul Basit said, "Our countries have many facets."
"The facet of economic relations constitutes an important aspect of our relations because such activities not only create win-win situation but also bring our people together."

"India is important neighbour. Time has come we walk past the narratives of past and make a new beginning, and I am sure this event will show us the path towards creating opportunities for our countries and finding new avenues. I am sure this will have far reaching positive effects on our countries," he added. 

Leading Pakistani brands like M/s. Gul Ahmed, M/s. Alkaram, M/s. Orient, M/s. Chen One, M/s. Junaid Jamshed, M/s. Bonanza and M/s. Bareeze are participating in the event.

From High End Retailer brands like Khaadi, Sana Safinaaz, Kayseria, Sharique Textiles, Lala Textiles, Needle Impressions etc. are participating. High end designers, like Sania Maskatiya, Deepak Perwani, Shamaeel, Faiza Samee, Fashion Pakistan Council, Ensemble, Omar Sayeed, Farnaz Mustafa are participating in the Designer Section of Exhibition.

Renowned companies from other sectors like Marble & Granite, Handicrafts, Garments & Accessories, Jewellery are also participating in the event.

More than 150 exhibitors with 320 stalls are showcasing their products. In order to encourage young artists Art Exhibition is being held at Lalit Hotel. A high Profile delegation of leading businessmen is also part of this exhibition. There is a huge crowd of the people on the stalls which reflects popularity and demand of Pakistani products in the Indian market.





No.21/2014-PR Dated: August 14, 2014


68th Independence Day Celebrated at Pakistan High 
Commission, New Delhi

The 68th Independence Day was celebrated with traditional enthusiasm and national spirit at Pakistan High Commission, New Delhi.

The day started with morning prayers at the Pakistan High Commission’s mosque for the prosperity of the country and well being of the nation.

An impressive flag hoisting ceremony was held at the Chancery’s lush green lawns. Mr. Abdul Basit , High Commissioner of Pakistan raised the Pakistani flag to the tune of national anthem. Simultaneously, Pakistan High Commission’s School children recited and performed on the national anthem.

Abdul Basit, High Commissioner of Pakistan congratulated the nation on the Independence Day and underscored the importance of freedom. He emphasized that we should value and respect the sacrifices made by our national heroes who devoted their lives for creating Pakistan as an independent and sovereign state. He expressed confidence in the nation saying that every Pakistani is determined to hold high the national flag.

Students of the Pakistani School presented a special program of national songs and tableau. Essay competition on “My vision for Pakistan” was also held at the Pakistan High Commission’s School level. Ms. Summiyah Basit, wife of the High Commissioner, distributed prizes and gifts amongst the participating children and winners of the essay Competition.

Mr. Mansoor A Khan, Deputy High Commissioner read out messages from the President and Prime Minister of Pakistan and Mr. Manzoor Ali Memon, Press Counsellor conducted the ceremony.

A large number of officers, staff and their families and media persons attended the event.


High Commission for Pakistan

New Delhi


No. 16/2014-PR July 18, 2014

Press Release



Today, High Commissioner Abdul Basit, while speaking at 'Meet the Press' at the Press Club of India, New Delhi said “Pakistan and India need to work together to promote peace and prosperity”.


The High Commissioner said that a good beginning has been made with the meeting of the two prime ministers. It is now important to build on that and do not allow this rare opportunity to go waste. He said Prime Minister Nawaz sharif's vision of peace for development and development for peace provides the best way forward. That encompasses bilateral, regional and international dimensions.


Talking on the disputed issues between the two countries he said all our bilateral problems more or less stem from the Jammu and Kashmir dispute. It was therefore necessary to resolve this issue and take irreversible steps towards peace and stability.


The High Commissioner showed confidence in Pakistan’s economy saying that given its geo-strategic location Pakistan is destined to become a regional economic hub. The economy is showing signs of recovery as also borne out by the up-gradation of Moody's rating of Pakistan from “negative” to “stable”.


The High Commissioner also announced Pakistan food and Sufi music festival to be organized in collaboration of the High Commission for Pakistan and the Press club of India in New Delhi later this year.


Earlier, Mr. Anand K Sahay, President of Press Club of India welcomed the High Commissioner and later Mr. Nadeem Kazmi, Secretary General of Press Club of India presented a vote of thanks.


A large number of media persons attended the event.




Press Release

Pakistan High Commission New Delhi


Release of 09 Pakistani Prisoners by India

India has today released 09 Pakistani prisoners (4 civil prisoners and 05 fishermen). Earlier, India released 37 Pakistani Prisoners (5 civil & 32 fishermen) on May 30, 2014. Currently, 477 Pakistani prisoners (346 civil and 131 fishermen) still remain lodged in Indian jails. Out of these, 22 civil prisoners have completed sentence and await repatriation.

On May 26, as a goodwill gesture, the Prime Minister had directed that 151 Indian Prisoners (01 civil and 150 fishermen) be released. Presently, 296 Indian nationals are detained in Pakistan, which include 47 civil and 249 fishermen.

Pakistan has always held that the issue of prisoners in our respective countries is a humanitarian one and should be taken in that spirit. It is our hope that the Government of India would release all Pakistani prisoners who have completed their sentences.

New Delhi
04 July, 2014

 July 01, 2014

Pakistan-India exchange Prisoners List

According to the Agreement on Consular Access signed between Pakistan and India on 21 May 2008, both countries are required to exchange lists of prisoners in each other’s custody twice a year, on 1 January and 1 July, respectively.

Consistent with the provisions of this Agreement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan handed over a list of 296 Indian prisoners [47 civil, 237 fishermen and 12 youthful offenders (fishermen)] in Pakistan to the High Commission of India in Islamabad today.

A similar list of 380 Pakistani prisoners (264 civilian and 116 fishermen) lodged in Indian jails was also handed over to the High Commission for Pakistan in New Delhi.


Pakistan High Commission

New Delhi



June 26, 2014


The following office timings will be observed in the High Commission during the Holy Month of Ramazan

Monday to Friday     -     10.00 am to 4.00 pm


Pakistan High Commission

New Delhi



May 27, 2014

Prime Minister’s Statement to the Media


I am pleased to be in New Delhi at the invitation of Prime Minister Modi. Yesterday, I attended his oath-taking ceremony.


Today, I had a good and constructive meeting with Prime Minister Modi this afternoon. It was held in a warm and cordial atmosphere. We agreed that our meeting in New Delhi, should be a historic opportunity for both our countries. I pointed out that we were at the beginning of our respective tenures, with a clear mandate. This provides us the opportunity of meeting the hopes and aspirations of our peoples that we will succeed in turning a new page in our relations. The one and a half billion people of the two countries want us to focus on their well-being and welfare.


I recalled my invitation to Prime Minister Vajpayee to Lahore in February 1999 and told him that I intended to pick up the threads of the Lahore Declaration, from where it had to be left off in October 1999.


I stressed to Prime Minister Modi that we have a common agenda of development and economic revival, which is not possible to achieve without peace and stability in the region. I urged that together, we should rid the region of instability and insecurity, that has plagued us for decades. Consequently, it was important for us to work together for peace, progress and prosperity. Finally, I urged that we had to strive to change confrontation into cooperation. Engaging in accusations and counter-accusations would be counter-productive, I emphasized. My government, therefore, stands ready to discuss all issues between our two countries, in a spirit of cooperation and sincerity.


After all, we owe it to our people to overcome the legacy of mistrust and misgivings. We agreed that this common objective could be facilitated by greater people-to-people exchanges, at all levels.



Prime Minister Modi warmly reciprocated my sentiments and remarked that my visit to New Delhi was seen as a special gesture by the people of India. He stated that it was incumbent on both of us to work together, to achieve our common objectives for peace and development.


We also agreed that the two Foreign Secretaries would be meeting soon, to review and carry forward our bilateral agenda, in the spirit of our meeting today.


It also gave me great pleasure to call on President Pranab Mukherjee this afternoon and have the warm and friendly exchanges with him.


As I take leave of this historic city, I do so with a strong sense that the leaderships and the peoples of our two countries share desire and mutual commitment to carry forward our relationship, for the larger good of our peoples.


New Delhi

May 27, 2014


High Commission for Pakistan
New Delhi

Aug 14,2018

72nd Independence Day Celebrated at Pakistan High Commission, New Delhi

The 72nd Independence Day of Pakistan was celebrated with national spirit and enthusiasm at the Pakistan High Commission, New Delhi, today. The Pakistan flag was raised by High Commissioner Sohail Mahmood at an elegant and impressive flag-hoisting ceremony held on the Chancery’s lawns. High Commissioner Sohail Mahmood extended warm felicitations on Eid-e-Azaadi and lauded the zeal with which the broader Pakistan High Commission family, and Pakistani students and nationals in India, were participating in the festivities. Recalling the freedom struggle, the High Commissioner said the sacred day of 14th August 1947 dawned primarily due to the unflinching resolve, unprecedented struggle, and countless sacrifices of our forefathers. The whole nation, therefore, rightfully paid tributes on this day to the courageous and visionary leadership of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and other founding fathers. The High Commissioner underlined that Quaid-e-Azam envisioned a democratic, modern, moderate, economically-strong, Islamic welfare state. Each successive generation had contributed to the realization of the Quaid’s vision, he said. High Commissioner Sohail Mahmood noted that this Independence Day coincided with another milestone on Pakistan’s democratic journey. Another democratically-elected government had completed its constitutional term. Another peaceful transfer of power to another elected government was on the anvil. He added that, along with deepening of democracy in Pakistan, impressive strides were being made in the fight against the scourge of terrorism. In this context, the nation deeply respected the sacrifices of the people of Pakistan and the personnel of armed forces and other law-enforcing agencies. High Commissioner Sohail Mahmood noted that peaceful relations with all of Pakistan’s neighbors, including India, were accorded high priority in the foreign policy vision outlined by the incoming leadership in Pakistan. He added that the phone call by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Chairman PTI Mr. Imran Khan was another positive development. It was being hoped that such steps on both sides would create the space for betterment of ties between India and Pakistan. The High Commissioner pointed out that the peculiar trajectory of India-Pakistan relations over the past 71 years had often led to political and military tensions and prevented the two countries from realizing their optimal potential in socio-economic development. “Our next generations deserve a better future – one marked by peace and opportunities for progress and prosperity,” he said. He hoped that South Asia would turn a corner and would be known in the world, not for confrontation, but for cooperation. Students of the Pakistan High Commission School presented national songs and tableau on the occasion. Mrs. Mahwish Sohail gave away prizes and gifts to the teachers and students from the school. Earlier, Deputy High Commissioner Syed Haider Shah read out the Independence Day messages from the President and Prime Minister of Pakistan. Separately, a drawing/painting competition on the theme of ‘World Environment Day’ was organized among the students of Pakistan School. High Commissioner Sohail Mahmood distributed prizes to the winners and lauded the efforts of all participants of the painting competition. An “Independence Cup” Volleyball Tournament was also organized among the off

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