High Commissioner hosts Eid-ul-Fitr Open House in London

H.E. Syed Ibne Abbas, Pakistan High Commissioner to the UK, hosted Eid-ul-Fitr Open House at his official residence, “Pakistan House” in London on 25 June 2017, to celebrate the auspicious occasion with the Pakistani community in the UK and friends of Pakistan in the British society. Unlike previous Eid celebrations at the Pakistan House, this time the event was toned down to simplicity in respect for the victims of recent terror incidents and loss of precious lives in oil tanker blaze in Pakistan.

Malik Muhammad Rafique Rajwana, Governor Punjab was the Guest of Honour on the occasion. The Governor appreciated High Commissioner’s initiative to reach out and connect with the community.

A large number of guests from all walks of society attended the Open House and were served with traditional Pakistani cuisine. The guests included Mayors, Ambassadors/High Commissioners, Councillors, community leaders, prominent business persons, members of the Pakistani and British society, representatives of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), and Department for International Development (DFID), officers from Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, officials of the High Commission as well as their families and media representatives. Some visiting Parliamentarians and guests from Pakistan and Shahryar Khan, Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board were also in attendance on the occasion.

The High Commissioner and his wife spent the day with the community members representing all ages and interests. The attendees termed the event a great opportunity to socialize and meet and greet each other on this happy occasion. They said: Celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr at Pakistan House gives them the feel of being in Pakistan and we love the festivity, culture, traditions, clothing and cuisine, all this is reminiscent of Pakistan where families and friends get together and celebrate Eid.” The guests said coming to the Pakistan House each time for the consecutive three years further strengthens their bond with the High Commission. The lauded High Commissioner’s initiative to reach out and bring families and friends together on the auspicious day of Eid.

Special arrangements were made to entertain the children, including Bouncy Castle and Candy Corner where they had fun time during the day out.

The Open House provided a good opportunity for the High Commission officials and the community to celebrate Eid together. Presence of the members of the Pakistani as well as the British society in a large number at the Pakistan House made the day memorable

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