ISLAMABAD – The British Royal couple, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton arrived in Islamabad yesterday on a historic five-day go to to Pakistan to construct lasting friendship.
Overseas Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, British Excessive Commissioner in Pakistan Thomas Drew and different excessive degree officers accorded a heat welcome to royal couple upon their arrival. Two youngsters clad in conventional costume offered bouquet of flowers to the distinguished visitors.
The royal couple will meet President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan at this time (October 15). Following their assembly with President Alvi and PM Khan, the royal couple can pay a go to to Lahore on October 16 and Chitral on October 17.
The go to comes 13 years after Charles and Camilla – the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwell – toured the nation in 2006. Pakistan nonetheless vividly remembers the late Princess Diana’s go to in 1996.
Chatting with journalists concerning the royal go to, FM Qureshi stated this could cement the present pleasant ties between Pakistan and the UK. “That is historic go to. It is extremely important. We now have superb ties with the UK and we hope to cement them additional,” he stated.
The minister stated Pakistan and the UK have historically been shut and this go to would convey them additional nearer.
A British Excessive Fee assertion stated: “Their Royal Highnesses (TRH) The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive in Pakistan at this time (October 14) on their first official go to of the nation.
“All through their go to The Duke and Duchess will tour the nation to see the dynamic, aspirational and trendy Pakistan. From the trendy leafy capital Islamabad, to the colourful metropolis of Lahore, the mountainous countryside within the North, and the rugged border areas to the West, the go to will span over 1000km, and can absorb Pakistan’s wealthy tradition, its various communities, and its lovely landscapes.
“TRH’s programme will embody visiting initiatives which empower younger folks, and communities which are quickly responding and adapting to the results of local weather change. Over the course of the go to, TRH will meet all kinds of individuals, together with youngsters and younger folks, leaders from authorities, faiths leaders, enterprise and the charity sector, inspiring conservationists, and well-known cultural figures and sporting stars.” The assertion additional stated: “The UK’s hyperlinks with Pakistan are intensive, and TRH are trying ahead to constructing a long-lasting friendship with the folks of Pakistan.”
Earlier, a press release issued the royal couple’s spokesperson on Oct four stated, “The UK’s hyperlinks with Pakistan are intensive, and Their Royal Highnesses are trying ahead to constructing a long-lasting friendship with the folks of Pakistan.”
Throughout the course of their go to, Prince William and Kate “can pay respect to the historic relationship between Britain and Pakistan” however the bigger focus will stay “on showcasing Pakistan as it’s at this time – a dynamic, aspirational and forward-looking nation,” learn the assertion.
British Excessive Commissioner in Pakistan Thomas Drew stated throughout their five-day go to, the Royal couple would go to the ‘breadth and depth’ of Pakistan.
In his video message shared on Twitter, the Excessive Commissioner stated the go to would largely deal with showcasing Pakistan as a dynamic, aspirational and ahead trying nation.
He stated most significantly the Royal couple hope to satisfy as many Pakistanis as potential throughout the go to significantly the youth who’re shaping way forward for the nation. He stated the duo was trying ahead to constructing a long-lasting friendship with folks of Pakistan.
This month, the Kensington Palace had described Prince William and Kate Middleton’s upcoming go to to Pakistan as their “most advanced” tour up to now.
Pakistan has ensured strict safety for the royal couple. A Police spokesperson stated that Inspector Normal of Police Islamabad Aamir Zulfiqar, together with different senior officers, had reviewed the safety preparations made for his or her go to to Islamabad.
Again house, the British royal couple was urged by many to postpone the go to amid the rising Pak-India stress. However the couple, in the long run, determined to go forward with the journey.