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The High Commissioner for the Maldives Dr Farah Faizal with High Commissioner Shamsul Hasan and Mrs Hasan
Birth of a nation
The year, Pakistan’s Republic Day celebrations marked the 70th anniversary of Resolution Day when the idea of a separate Muslim state was formally adopted. Ambassadors, cabinet ministers, members of parliament and the media joined High Commissioner Wajid Shamsul Hasan, the Speaker of the House of Lords Baroness Hayman and the Chairman of Pakistan’s Senate Farooq Hamid Naek in marking the auspicious occasion.
In his Republic Day address, High Commissioner Shamsul Hasan reminded guests that Pakistan had been through tough times, but was determined to “defeat the forces of darkness”.
Awards were given to members of the community that had contributed to better UK-Pakistan understanding after which everyone gathered around for the traditional cutting of the Republic Day birthday cake.
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VIP guests gather to cut Pakistan’s birthday cake
Sir Gerald Kaufman MP, Lady Caroline Richards, wife of British Army General Sir David Richards and Patron of the Afghan Appeal Fund, and Councillor Mushtaq Lasharie
High Commissioner Shamsul Hasan and Mrs Zarina Hasan welcome the Ambassador of the UAE Mr Abdul Rehman Al Mutaiwee
Parliamentarians Lord Ahmed, Mohammed Sarwar MP and Sarah Teather MP
High Commissioner Shamsul Hasan greets the High Commissioner for Nigeria Dr Dalhaltu Tafida
Lord Speaker Baroness Hayman addresses the audience
High Commissioner Shamsul Hasan greets the Ambassador of the Philippines Antonio Lagdameo
Chairman of Pakistan’s Senate Farooq Hamid Naek addresses the audience
Owen-Bennett Jones of the BBC shakes hands with High Commissioner Shamsul Hasan
The Ambassador of Kuwait and Dean of the Diplomatic Corps congratulates Pakistan on its Republic Day
Naghma Butt and Mehboob Kazmi