British High Commission celebrates 70 years of Pakistan-UK relationship

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The British High Commissioner celebrates 70 years of Pakistan-UK friendship by launching a photo exhibition at the Queen’s Birthday Party.

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The British High Commission in Islamabad celebrated the 70 years friendship between Pakistan and the United Kingdom in Islamabad by organizing a photography exhibition.

To showcase 70 years relations between the UK and Pakistan the British High Commissioner, Mr. Thomas Drew CMG, inaugurated a photography exhibition at the 91st birthday celebrations of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in Islamabad.

Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz, attended the celebrations along with prominent guests from the world of government, diplomacy, culture, academia and the media.

The exhibition portrayed UK and Pakistan’s shared history and shared future – from education to fashion, health and culture to sports, from trade to politics and from defence to infrastructure.

Speaking at the Queen’s Birthday Party reception and photo exhibition, His Excellency Thomas Drew CMG, said 2017 marked the Queen’s 65th year as Head of the Commonwealth.

“It is also a special year as we celebrate 70 years of friendship between Britain and Pakistan .. The exhibition of photographs come from our archive, from a competition we have run, and from Pakistani photographer Sara Farid,” he said.

The event also featured the music from a British military band and the best of British cuisine, to mark the 65th anniversary of Her Majesty’s accession to the throne in 1952, when she became both the British Sovereign and the Head of the Commonwealth.

Some of the photographs on display in Islamabad featured Her Majesty’s visit to Pakistan 1961 and 1997. “Some of the photographs showcase our shared history. You will see pictures of the Queen’s own visits to Pakistan in 1961 and 1997. You will also see physical embodiments of that history from architecture to railways” the envoy said.

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Yasir Mehmood wins Pakistan-UK friendship photography competition

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Yasir Mehmood won the British High Commission Islamabad’s photography competition, celebrating 70 years of United Kingdom-Pakistan ties, according to the British High Commission statement. Mehmood will receive a prize of photography equipment for his winning entry.

The winner of the photography competition, Yasir Mehmood, was thrilled to win the British High Commission’s 70th Anniversary photography competition.

Explaining the idea behind his winning shot, Mahmoud said: “I tried to capture the young students who are the future of Pakistan and who also benefit from the UK’s support for our education system. I am also excited that this photograph will be widely used to celebrate 70 years of relations between the UK and Pakistan.

This photo by Yasir Mehmood won the British High Commission Islamabad’s photography competition. British High Commission celebrates 70 years of Pakistan-UK relationship
This photo by Yasir Mehmood won the British High Commission Islamabad’s photography competition

Launched in February, the contest received over 400 high-quality entries from a mix of amateur, semi-professional and professional photographers in both Pakistan and UK. The panel of judges included Country Director of the British Council in Pakistan, Rosemary Hilhorst, senior photographer and Assistant Controller Creative (IT) in Pakistan Television, Azhar Hafeez, and photojournalist, Sara Farid.

The winning photograph by Mehmood will be displayed at next week’s Queen’s Birthday Party events in Pakistan, and later at photography exhibitions in Pakistan and the UK. It will also be published in a special photography book to celebrate 70 years of relations between the UK and Pakistan.

The runner-up photograph, by Abid Mirza, will also be displayed at exhibitions in the UK and Pakistan. Over the coming months, the photography exhibition will tour the UK and Pakistan.

British High Commissioner, Thomas Drew CMG, thanked all the participants for sending in their pictures. “The standard was very high. It was difficult to decide which photograph best captured our theme of Shared History and Shared Future.”

More exciting events and competitions will be held throughout the year to celebrate 70 years of bilateral relations, he said.

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