70th Pakistan Independence anniversary fete held in Salalah

SALALAH: Ali Javed, Ambassador of Pakistan to the Sultanate, welcomed Abdullah bin Aqeel al Ibrahim, Acting Deputy Governor of Dhofar and 12 members of Omani delegate onboard Pakistan Navy Ship ‘Saif’ on August 9, in Salalah as part of ongoing festivities to celebrate 70th anniversary of Independence of Pakistan.
Diplomatic corps, Omani dignitaries from Branch of Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Dhofar Governorate, Directorate General of Manpower in Dhofar Governorate, Pakistani community and institutions namely PIA, HBL, PSS and PSC, were present on the occasion.
The ambassador thanked the government of Pakistan and Oman for their commitment to the ongoing celebrations of 70th anniversary of independence, while appreciat-
ing Pakistani Navy for furthering bilateral cooperation and friend-
ship.
The ambassador praised His Majesty Sultan Qaboos for providing vision for peace and friendship and thanked Omani society for being generous hosts to Pakistani community.
He observed that the diversity, depth and dimension of 272,000 Pakistanis in Oman were core pillars of bilateral ties.
He also highlighted the contributions from Pakistani community and shared details of recent celebrations in Al Burami and Al Suwaiq and the launch of “Young Pakistan Forum” (www.YPFO.pk) on August 14 in Muscat and other programmes in SQU (August 16) and Suhar (August 21).
The ambassador met with delegation of Pakistani Professionals and discussed organisation of festivals including ‘Holi’ and set up a Committee of Citizens for its coordination.
This was ambassador’s fourth visit to Salalah within 12 months, where a 60,000-70,000 strong community, Pakistan School (802 students), a branch of HBL and launch of 4 weekly direct PIA flights to Pakistan since December 1, 2016, substantiate the actual strength of relations with Oman.