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Metro Matters By: Manzar Naqvi 22-08-2023

Vohra hosts dinner in honour of Yundong, CG China in Karachi

A prestigious dinner event was hosted by Waseem Vohra, the former Senior Vice President of FPCCI, and The News Lark, in honor of the Consul General of China in Karachi, Yang Yundong, during the week. The gathering also celebrated the presence of a distinguished delegation of eight members who recently concluded a remarkable 10-day visit to China.
The delegation, led by Mubsher Mir, President of the Karachi Editors Club (KEC), expressed their profound admiration for China’s progress and development, particularly under the transformative Belt and Road Initiatives (BRI) projects.
Zhang Hao, Vice CG, Shang Hailong, Counselor, Xie Shuye, Protocol Secretary to the CG and the assistant of CG, Chen Weilong also attended the dinner from the Chinese Consulate Karachi.
Consul General Yang Yundong welcomed the delegation with warmth and commended their keen observations and appreciation for the strides China has made. The delegation had the opportunity to visit three dynamic cities in China, namely Beijing, Shanghai, and Suzhou. During their stay, they witnessed the impressive development projects under way and shared their insights during the celebratory dinner.
The delegates were not only impressed by the remarkable advancements in infrastructure and connectivity but also by the visionary leadership of President Xi Jinping, whose initiative to launch the Belt and Road Initiatives in 2013 has played a pivotal role in fostering development and connectivity across continents. This monumental project has not only strengthened China’s global ties but has also paved the way for collaborative partnerships that contribute to mutual growth.
Waseem Vohra reflected on his extensive experience, having visited China around 50 times since 1979. He eloquently lauded the inspiring leadership of President Xi Jinping, emphasizing the enduring development journey China has embarked upon under his guidance. Vohra assured the consulate of his unwavering support and cooperation, recognizing the significance of bilateral relations between China and Pakistan.
Consul General Yang Yundong expressed his gratitude for the warm hospitality extended by both the hosts and the visiting delegates. He applauded their commitment to fostering stronger ties between the two nations and assured them of his continued support for the Pakistani nation. This exchange of appreciations and assurances underscored the shared commitment of China and Pakistan to collaborative progress and friendship.
The evening concluded on a high note of optimism, highlighting the potential for even greater cooperation and partnership between the two nations in the future. As the Belt and Road Initiatives continue to shape global dynamics, events like these serve as a testament to the enduring strength of the bond between China and Pakistan.

CG China issues admissionletters to the Chinese Govt Scholarship winners

Consul General of China in Karachi, issued admission notices to Pakistani recipients of the Chinese Government Scholarship in the consular district. Nasiruddin, Pakistani Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Karachi, and others attended the ceremony at the Chinese Consulate during the reported week.
Yang Yundong congratulated the scholarship recipients and encouraged them to seize the learning opportunity, make good teachers and friends, gain a deeper understanding of China, make positive contributions to the economic and social development of Pakistan, and serve as a bridge and link between the peoples of China and Pakistan.
The Consulate General attaches great importance to China-Pakistan educational cooperation, and will continue to strongly support the Confucius Institute at the University of Karachi to run Chinese education well, enhance mutual communication and understanding between the young generations of China and Pakistan, and encourage them to participate more actively in the cause of inheriting China-Pakistan friendship .
The scholarship recipients are eagerly looking forward to studying in China, saying that they will study hard, live up to expectations, and contribute their strength to deepen Pakistan-China friendship.

Mahmood Shaam lauds ‘DrigRoad to Gumbad-e-Khizra’ Travelogue by Shahid Mansoor

Renowned writer, poet, and journalist Mahmood Shaam has praised Shahid Mansoor’s travelogue, “Drig Road to Gumbad-e-Khizra,” as a distinctive addition to the realm of travel literature. Shaam asserts that the content and style of this travelogue will leave a lasting impact on readers. He notes that the narrative within its pages possesses an enthralling quality, making it nearly impossible for readers to put down the book before finishing it in one sitting. Shaam commends Shahid Mansoor for his innovative approach in narrating the Holy Hejaz journey, which has captivated the attention of readers and earned him well-deserved acclaim.
Shaam delivered his remarks during the presidential address at the launch event of “Drig Road to Gumbad-e-Khizra,” held at the “Bahadyar Jang Academy” auditorium, during the week. The event was organized by the “Furzandan Pakistan Foundation.” Distinguished personalities including Chief Guest Rizwan Siddiqui, Olympian Islahuddin, Rana Ashfaq Rasool Khan, Saeed Khawar, Iqbal Yusuf, Riazuddin, and Rao Muhammad Shakeel also addressed the gathering. A poetic presentation was made by Usman Damohi.
Reflecting on the travelogue, Mahmood Shaam stated that “From Drig Road to Gumbad-e-Khizra” represents a comprehensive chronicle that will undoubtedly demand the attention of critics. Chief Guest Rizwan Siddiqui expressed his admiration for Shahid Mansoor’s unique approach to travel writing, underscoring how the author has introduced a fresh perspective to the genre. Siddiqui commended Mansoor for infusing historical context into his travelogue, an approach that has resonated deeply with readers.
Mubasher Mir, a prominent journalist, lauded Shahid Mansoor’s accomplishment in crafting “From Drig Road to Gumbad-e-Khizra.” He regarded this effort by a sports journalist as a remarkable contribution, emphasizing the heightened interest stemming from historical references related to the Hejaz journey. Mir suggested that further enriching the travelogue with glimpses of the Prophet of Islam’s life in Makkah would elevate its significance.
Olympian Islahuddin, speaking at the event, shared his realization of Shahid Mansoor’s talents extending beyond the realm of hockey after reading the travelogue. Other notable figures, including Saeed Khawar, Rana Ashfaq Rasool Khan, Iqbal Yusuf, Riazuddin, and Rao Muhammad Shakeel, acknowledged the appeal of “Drig Road to Gumbad-e-Khizra.” They highlighted the allure of its content and praised the engaging style of narrative, collectively affirming its status as a significant contribution to the world of travel literature.

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