Pakistan Day reception in London

High Commissioner conferred Sitara-i-Shujaat on Malala Yousafzai on behalf of the President of Pakistan


H.E. Syed Ibne Abbas, Pakistan High Commissioner to the UK, Rt. Hon. Nicky Morgan, Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women, and Malala Yousafzai speaking at the Pakistan National Day Reception in London on 24-03-2015.

London:  Pakistan High Commission London held a reception at a local hotel in London, yesterday to celebrate 75th Pakistan Resolution Day. Rt. Hon. Nicky Morgan, Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women was the guest of honour.

In his welcome address, H.E. Syed Ibne Abbas, Pakistan High Commissioner for UK said that the nation and its entire leadership were committed to upholding the ideals envisioned by Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. He said despite formidable challenges, the achievements of Pakistan were exemplary.

The High Commissioner said:

“Pakistan, under the leadership of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, was consolidating democracy, stimulating economic growth, empowering the people and defeating the forces of darkness which want to stall its progress. Through the countless sacrifices, we are succeeding in defeating terrorism in our country, especially, in our tribal areas. The courage, with which Pakistani people and our valiant armed forces are fighting this menace, is un-paralleled.

“The courage of the students and teachers of the ArmyPublic School in Peshawar is unprecedented and deserves our special tributes. I wish to acknowledge the presence amongst us today of Mr. Muhammad Nawaz, father of two brave students, Harris Nawaz who was martyred and Ahmed Nawaz, critically injured in the Peshawar school terrorist attack.”


H.E. Syed Ibne Abbas, Pakistan High Commissioner to the UK conferring Sitara-i-Shujaat on Malala Yousafzai on behalf of the President of Pakistan.

The High Commissioner expressed satisfaction over strong bilateral relations and excellent understanding between leaderships of Pakistan and the UK. He also commended the role of Pakistani diaspora in the UK in further strengthening the existing ties between the two countries.


Rt. Hon. Nicky Morgan, Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women, H.E. Syed Ibne Abbas, Pakistan High Commissioner to the UK and Malala Yousafzai cutting the cake on Pakistan National Day Reception.

On behalf of the President of Pakistan, the High Commissioner conferred Sitara-i-Shujaat on Malala Yousafzai in recognition to her bravery and unwavering courage for the cause of education. He termed Malala, a symbol of hope and courage.

Malala, in her remarks on the occasion, thanked the President and the Prime Minister of Pakistan for conferring on her the prestigious civil award and reiterated her commitment to the cause of education. She dedicated her award to the children of Pakistan fighting for their rights.

In her address, Rt. Hon. Nicky Morgan gave an overview of the friendly relations between the two countries. She specifically mentioned UK's assistance in the education sector of Pakistan, which has been institutionalised by signing of “Education and Cultural Roadmap” between Pakistan and the UK. Commending Malala's campaign for education, Secretary Morgan reiterated British government's commitment to promoting girls' education in Pakistan. She particularly appreciated the constructive role played by over a million Pakistani diaspora in British politics, culture and economy. The Secretary condemned horrific terrorist attack on Peshawar school in December last year and assured that UK would stand by Pakistan as a firm and enduring friend.

The Pakistan Day Reception was attended by a large number of people from cross-section of the society including members of House of Lords, MPs, Judiciary, Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, High Commissioners and Ambassadors, Mayors, Councillors, senior civil and military representatives, professionals, business people, Pakistani diaspora and media. Around 700 people attended the reception.

March 24, 2015

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