Pak HC hosts Eid-ul-Fitr Open House in London

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ISLAMABAD, July 8 (APP): Pakistan’s High Commissioner to UK, Syed Ibne Abbas hosted Eid-ul-Fitr Open House at his official residence, “Pakistan House” in London, to celebrate the auspicious occasion with Pakistani community in UK.

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, in his special message for this occasion, appreciated the High Commissioner’s initiative to reach out and connect with the
community.

More than 1000 guests from all walks of society attended the Open House and were served with traditional Pakistani cuisine, a message received here from London on Friday said.

The guests included Lords, MPs, Mayors, Ambassadors/High
Commissioners, Councillors, community leaders, prominent business persons, members of the Pakistani and British society, representatives of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), and Department for International Development
(DFID), officials of the High Commission as well as their families and media representatives.

Some visiting Senators, MNAs, and MPAs from Pakistan and Shahryar Khan, Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board were also in attendance on the occasion.

Besides, Vice Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Asad Lodhi, who was on an official visit to the UK, also attended the Open House.

The High Commissioner and his wife spent the day with the community members representing all ages and interests. The attendees termed the event a great opportunity to socialize and meet and greet each other on this happy occasion.

They said: “We are celebrating the Eid-ul-Fitr second time here at the Pakistan House; all this festivity reflects the beauty of our culture, traditions, apparel and cuisine.

With families and friends all together at one place gives us a feeling as if we are celebrating Eid in Pakistan. It also gives us a sense of belonging to the High Commission.”

The guests enjoyed the traditional Pakistani food, whereas the live musical performance by Tanya Wells, Amir Hussain Qawwal and Raja Kashif added to the festivities.

Special arrangements were made to entertain the children, including Bouncy Castle and Candy Corner where they had fun time during the day out.

The Open House was attended by guests from outside London as well and provided a good opportunity for the High Commission officials and the community to celebrate Eid together.

Presence of the members of the Pakistani as well as the British society in a large number at the Pakistan House made the day memorable.