GENEVA: Pakistan Mission to the United Nations in Geneva held a qawali concert to commemorate Pakistan Day and to celebrate the 70th year of Pakistan’s independence. The group of qawals led by Ayaz Fariduddin, Abu Muhammad and Akbar Ali enthralled the audience with their soulful qawalis.
The concert was held in the prestigious UN plenary hall at the Palais des Nations.
Speaking at the event, Ambassador Tehmina Janjua said that the 70th anniversary of independence was a moment of great pride for Pakistan. Our founding fathers had a vision of a modern, tolerant and progressive country.
“The people of Pakistan are committed to turn that dream into reality. Tremendous achievements have been made. A vibrant, rapidly industrialising economy and a youthful educated population promises to position Pakistan amongst the leading economies of the world,” she said.
The head of the UN Office in Geneva Director-General Michael Moller opened the concert with Ambassador Janjua and Dr. Syed Tauqir Shah, Ambassador of Pakistan to the World Trade Organisation.
A large number of ambassadors, diplomats, members of international organisations, civil society and Pakistani community participated in the event.
The event provided an opportunity for the international community living in Geneva to appreciate the rich culture and music of Pakistan.