British High Commissioner to Pakistan Thomas Drew CMG celebrated the 92nd birthday of Queen Elizabeth-II in Islamabad with a reception showcasing the shared cultural ancestry and history of Pakistan.
This high-profile event featured Commerce Minister Pervaiz Malik as the chief guest along with prominent guests from the world of government, diplomacy, culture, academia and the media.
Speaking at the birthday party reception, Thomas Drew CMG said, “Thank you all for joining us at our party — in this fellow Commonwealth country — to celebrate the 92nd Birthday of Her Majesty the Queen.”
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“The UK’s relationship with Pakistan is special. Our two countries have incredible people to people links and work particularly closely in the fields of education, health, culture and security. While these strong links extend to trade, our aim this year is to take our trading relationship to the next level,” he said.
“Our big focus for our work here in 2018 is around the next generation of Pakistan, the two-thirds of Pakistan’s population under the age of 25, that is the key to the future stability, security and prosperity of this country – which matter so much to all of us. Helping that generation fulfil its great potential is a focus of our work. It is no coincidence that we do more on education here — through DFID and the British Council — than in any other country in the world,” he said.
The event also featured music from a British military band — a woodwind quintet from the Band of the Irish Guards — and the best of British cooking.