Karachi, July 28, 2014 (PPI-OT): At the invitation of Shahi Imam Jama Masjid Delhi, Syed Ahmed Bukhari, High Commissioner Abdul Basit visited the Masjid last evening and had Iftar there.
Addressing the congregation after the Maghrib prayer, the High Commissioner underlined the unique spirit of Islam which was universal and embedded in love, peace and justice for all. He said the Holy month of Ramadan was a special occasion for all Muslims as it provided a great opportunity for introspection and correction both individually and collectively.
The High Commissioner conveyed to Indian Muslims felicitations on behalf of the people of Pakistan and wished them Eid greetings in advance.
Talking about Pakistan-India relations, High Commissioner Basit said that Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif was committed to normalisation of relations between the two countries on the basis of mutual respect and mutual interest. He expressed the hope that with the resumption of bilateral dialogue things would move forward in all areas as articulated by the two Prime Ministers in their meeting in New Delhi on 27 May 2014.
Earlier, welcoming the High Commissioner, Imam Bukhari also hoped for better relations between Pakistan and India. He also commended Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for his visit to New Delhi during which he also visited the Jama Masjid.
This was the first time that a High Commissioner for Pakistan was invited for Iftar at the Jama Masjid and also addressed the congregation.
The High Commissioner was warmly greeted by the people attending Maghrib prayer. He also mingled with the public and responded them by shaking hands.
The High commissioner was accompanied by Obaid ur Rahman Nizamani, Head of Chancery and Manzoor Ali Memon, Press Counsellor of the High Commission.
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