NEW YORK: Pakistan Day was celebrated in New York on Thursday, with Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi.
According to details, a large number of ambassadors and senior diplomats attended a glittering reception hosted by her telling Pakistan was well on its way to greater progress under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan.
The reception was held at the Pakistan Mission to the United Nation ahead of March 23 as the UN is closed on that day for the weekend.
“Today, Pakistan is full of hope and confidence,” the Pakistani envoy said while welcoming heads of diplomatic missions accredited to the UN, senior UN officials, including three under-secretaries-general, members of the Pakistani community and UN corps of correspondents.
Also present was Nigeria’s Ambassador to the UN, Prof. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, who is expected to be the next president of the UN General Assembly, replacing Ecuador’s María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, in September.
The new government, Ambassador Lodhi said, had generated unprecedented hope and expectation of progress and prosperity ahead.
A number of Ambassadors gathered around Ambassador Lodhi to join in for cutting of the cake to mark the colourful Pakistan Day celebrations, with the soul-stirring patriotic song, “Dil, Dil Pakistan”, playing in the background.