The High Commissioner of Pakistan to the UK, Moazzam Ahmad Khan, conferred the civil award on the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan on behalf of the President of Pakistan. Felicitating the Mayor, the High Commissioner underlined that conferment of the prestigious civil award was a testimony to Mayor Sadiq Khan's constructive role in bringing our two countries together. The Mayor of London became the first British politician to receive the prestigious Sitara-i-Pakistan for his contribution towards building closer and cordial ties between Pakistan and the United Kingdom, as well as his services to various communities in the UK.
On receiving Sitara-i-Pakistan, Mayor of London, said: “I am both humbled and honoured to accept the Sitara-i-Pakistan on this special day as Pakistan marks 75 years of independence. Over the past few decades, we’ve undoubtedly seen the fruits of the relationship between our two countries, especially here in London, where those of Pakistani heritage have made – and continue to make – a hugely positive contribution to our society, economy and culture. I look forward to continuing to work with the High Commission to strengthen our relationships and promote opportunities for growth as we work to build a better London for everyone.”
On this occasion, a beautiful portrait of the Quaid-i-Azam, painted by a young British Pakistani artist Amina Ansari, was also unveiled to pay special tribute to the Founder of the Nation.
The event also marked the Independence Day of Pakistan, which started with a flag hoisting ceremony at the Pakistan High Commission London. High Commissioner Moazzam Ahmad Khan hoisted the national flag in the presence of the diaspora community and British friends of Pakistan who turned up in large numbers to attend the Diamond Jubilee celebration of Pakistan.
The ceremony concluded with popular national songs by local singers.
Similar events were held at Pakistan Consulates at Birmingham, Manchester, Bradford and Glasgow.