In a first for Pakistan, Lodhi rings NASDAQ's bell to mark independence day

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Published: August 29, 2015
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Pakistan's permanent ambassador to the UN Dr Maleeha Lodhi waves after ringing the opening bell at NASDAQ on Friday. PHOTO: DR MALEEHA LODHI

Pakistan's permanent ambassador to the UN Dr Maleeha Lodhi waves after ringing the opening bell at NASDAQ on Friday. PHOTO: DR MALEEHA LODHI

NEW YORK: Pakistan’s permanent Ambassador to the United Nations Dr Maleeha Lodhi on Friday rang the opening bell at the NASDAQ Stock Exchange in New York to signal the ceremonial start of trading, saying Pakistan’s economy is on the upswing as it pursues liberal economic and investor-friendly policies.  

“We are open for business, and we are open to foreign investment,” she told traders and investors, gathered at the impressive ceremony held in NASDAQ’s office in New York’s Time Square to mark 69th year of Pakistan’s establishment.

This is the first time the stock exchange has opened its doors to an ambassador from Pakistan to ring the opening bell to mark its Independence Day.

A video based on a song by Najam Shiraz was screened ahead of the ceremony. The film depicted historic spots across Pakistan and various features of life in the country. The video was also played on the giant screen in Times Square.  Pakistan’s national flag was also flashed across the screen.

“It is an honour to represent Pakistan at the NASDAQ opening bell ceremony as part of our Independence Day celebrations from the platform of the Pakistan-American Business Association (PABA) which is doing an excellent job to promote Pakistan-US business ties through private sector cooperation,” Dr Lodhi said before pressing the button to set off the bell.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • PiS
    Aug 29, 2015 - 12:24AM

    Awesome! Good times ahead for Pakistan economy!Recommend

  • Sun Tzu
    Aug 29, 2015 - 12:39AM

    what is the fees for getting to ring this bell? i remember lots of CEOs love to do it!Recommend

  • Punjabi
    Aug 29, 2015 - 1:20AM

    Pakistan is winning globally and we can see it if we open our eyes and drop our prejudices. There have been a lot many ‘firsts’ in the recent times. Lets be optimistic and make Pakistan greater. Recommend

  • Bairooni Haath
    Aug 29, 2015 - 6:10AM

    I guess Nasdaq is trying to understand the ongoing turmoil from an expert.Recommend

  • Tariq
    Aug 29, 2015 - 7:47AM

    Usa is a county where you can buy and sell the service of a provider ,a free market.Recommend

  • hellboy
    Aug 29, 2015 - 11:34AM

    How much money paid to ring the bell.Recommend

  • Mohammad
    Aug 29, 2015 - 1:32PM

    Good Job Dr. and thank you NASDAQ.. Recommend

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