Wednesday
22 May | 2024

Lahore, Pakistan

Neil Hawkins hosts reception to mark ‘Australia Day in Spring’

HC says Pakistan, Australia share a federal system of governance, together with a rich cultural diversity, delicate ecosystems, and unique biodiversity

Australian High Commissioner in Pakistan Neil Hawkins hosted a reception to celebrate ‘Australia Day in Spring’, and emphasized the historical ties of over 160 years between Pakistan and Australia and shared ambition to capitalize on dynamism in the two countries.

“Pakistan and Australia are both relatively young nations but old civilizations. We share a federal system of governance, together with a rich cultural diversity, delicate ecosystems, and unique biodiversity,” he said, adding that Australia remains a steadfast supporter of a Pakistan that is democratic, inclusive, prosperous and stable, consistent with its constitution.

“We’re particularly excited to be working with our Pakistani colleagues to support their efforts to empower women and girls and unleash their full potential,” he affirmed, highlighting importance of gender equality. “This year, we celebrate 40 years of cooperation between Pakistan and the Australian Center for International Agricultural Research,” he said.

Drawing on Australia’s own experiences, “we have been helping develop the agricultural sector and implement sustainable water management practices, crucial for both the nations given impacts of climate change. We also celebrate 40 years of cooperation between our police agencies,” the high commissioner said.

“I’m confident that more than 100,000 Australian-Pakistanis and many thousands of Pakistani and Australian alumni will bring our countries closer together. Not to mention the growing Australian involvement in the development of Pakistan’s mining sector and in building Pakistan’s emerging dairy industry.” he concluded.

The celebration witnessed the participation of many friends of Australia, including politicians, officials, diplomats, media, businesses and development partners.

Australian High Commissioner in Pakistan Neil Hawkins
Australian High Commissioner in Pakistan Neil Hawkins

THE GUIDING LIGHT BY TUSIF AHMAD

Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) hosted the solo exhibition – The Guiding Light – by acclaimed artist Tusif Ahmad. Neil Hawkins and PNCA Director General Ayoub Jamali jointly inaugurated the exhibition. The Australian high commissioner said that Tusif Ahmad’s art serves as a beacon of cultural understanding and appreciation.

“Having had the pleasure of encountering his works firsthand, I am truly inspired by his ability to convey the beauty and depth of Islamic art through his intricate paper-cutting designs,” he said. Hailed for his mastery in paper-cutting art, Tusif Ahmad skillfully unveiled the beauty of Islamic art through his intricate designs, calligraphy, and illustrations depicting verses from the Holy Qura’an.

Workshop on paper cutting
Workshop on paper cutting

“Tusif Ahmad’s work truly embodies the spirit of cultural exchange and artistic innovation, and we are grateful to all who joined us in celebrating his talent and vision.” Ayoub Jamali said. The exhibition also featured Tusif’s stunning artworks. The Pakistan National Council of the Arts hosted a captivating artist talk and workshop on paper cutting as part of the exhibition.

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