|“On the joyous occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, I extend my heartiest Eid greetings to the British Pakistanis in the UK and to all the Muslims across the world.
“Eid-ul-Fitr is an auspicious occasion and a day of gratitude for the blessings of Almighty Allah that He bestows upon us. This occasion also allows us to reflect and make a resolve to uphold the virtues of giving, empathy and compassion.
“This year, Eid-ul-Fitr arrives at an important juncture of our history. The nation is going to witness yet another landmark democratic transition in Pakistan. The continuity of democracy and strengthening of democratic institutions is a force multiplier for economic growth, human development and social welfare.
|“With joining the league of Emerging Markets in 2017, Pakistan posted an impressive economic growth of 5.8% during the last financial year. According to the international financial institutions, Pakistan is poised to become the 20th largest economy of the world by 2030. These positive projections revolve around a confluence of factors like China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), emerging middle class and improved law and order situation in the country.
“Improved law and order in the country is the result of countless sacrifices made by our heroes—both civilians and armed forces—who laid down their lives in Pakistan’s fight against extremism and terrorism. We owe them our sincere gratitude.
“Last year, the High Commission, under the theme “Emerging Pakistan”, endeavoured to make the most of our 70th Independence Anniversary through cultural outreach programmes. Throughout the year, showcasing Pakistan as a modern and moderate country was our objective. For this purpose, events like London bus campaigns, fashion shows, stage plays and installation of the Quaid-i-Azam’s Bust at the historic Lincoln’s Inn were but a few mega events organized by the Mission and overwhelmingly attended by our community.
“We are proud of our vibrant diaspora who have made great contributions towards the socio-economic uplift of Pakistan as well as the UK. They bind our two peoples together and further strengthen our socio-cultural and economic ties.
“I wish you and your families a very happy and blessed Eid-ul-Fitr.