Pakistan Day ceremony attended by delegates from 150 countries at UN Hq.

NEW YORK: Pakistan Day ceremony was held at UN headquarters for the first time in the history and delegates from more than 150 countries, UN officials, members of civil societies and media members participated in the event.


Sufi Night Music was also held and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan has also sung qawwali and his other famous tracks in the event.


Pakistan Ambassador to UN Dr. Maleeha Lodhi said “The concert is an effort to project Pakistan’s soft image and present the country’s rich culture. Public diplomacy is the most effective way to win hearts and minds and this aims to do just that. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has repeatedly urged Pakistani envoys to actively engage in public diplomacy.”


She claimed to be feeling proud at the presentation of Pakistan culture at the United Nations.


UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon congratulated Pakistan government and nation on the national day and conveyed his message.


He said “I am sorry to be out of country because I am missing what is sure to be a truly unforgettable concert, I extend my warmest welcome to tonight’s performers and my gratitude to Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi and the Mission of Pakistan for hosting. What a wonderful way to celebrate Pakistan’s National Day! Send my warmest congratulation to people and Government of Pakistan on this auspicious occasion.”