ISLAMABAD (Adnan Hameed): A grand reception was hosted by the High Commissioner of Bangladesh, Ruhul Alam Siddique, and his spouse, Shamahad Ara Siddique, at a local hotel in Islamabad. The event marked the 53rd Anniversary of the National and Independence Day of Bangladesh and was attended by esteemed dignitaries and guests, reflecting the enduring bonds between Bangladesh and Pakistan.

The distinguished gathering was graced by the presence of Chief Guest Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs, Qaiser Ahmed Sheikh, Chief Justice for Federal Shariah Court, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jail Abbas Jilani, Senator Mushahid Hussein Syed, diplomatic corps, heads of missions, Pakistani friends, and members of the Bangladesh diaspora. The evening began with the stirring rendition of the national anthems of both Bangladesh and Pakistan, setting a tone of unity and camaraderie. The venue was beautifully decorated with elements of vibrant Bangali culture and photographs commemorating the leaders of Bangladesh.

High Commissioner Ruhul Alam Siddique, in his welcoming remarks, articulated the vision and progress of Bangladesh under the leadership of Prime Minister Ms. Sheikh Hasina. He underscored the enduring strength of the bilateral ties between Pakistan and Bangladesh, reflecting on the shared history and aspirations of the two nations.

Expressing gratitude for the warm hospitality extended during their tenure in Pakistan, High Commissioner Siddique announced that this reception marked the culmination of their diplomatic service in the country. He fondly reminisced about the cherished memories and respect received during their tenure.

Chief Guest Qaiser Ahmed Sheikh extended felicitations to Bangladesh on behalf of the Government of Pakistan, reaffirming the commitment to further strengthen the bilateral relationship between the two nations in the future.

A symbolic moment ensued as the Bangladesh High Commissioner, accompanied by the Chief Guest and Dean of Diplomatic Missions, Ambassador of Nepal alongwith Pakistani Govt Officials cut a special cake, symbolizing the enduring friendship and cooperation between Bangladesh and Pakistan.

The evening concluded with vibrant networking opportunities, where guests had the pleasure of indulging in delicious Bangali and Pakistani cuisine, curated by the High Commissioner of Bangladesh, further fostering cultural exchange and camaraderie among the attendees.

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