LAHORE: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton, are set to visit Lahore on Thursday (today) as part of their five-day trip to Pakistan.

Chief Minister Usman Buzdar in a statement welcomed the royal couple to Lahore, saying Pakistanis had great respect for the British royal family and memories of Princess Diana’s visits to Pakistan were still fresh in the hearts of the people here. He hoped the couple’s visit would prove fruitful for further promoting bilateral relations.

“Pakistan and the UK have friendly relations and the UK’s role in social sector development of Pakistan, especially the education sector, is praiseworthy,” he added.

The chief minister said in the statement that the royal couple would be accorded a warm welcome in Lahore.

Prince William’s mother, Princess Diana, had visited Pakistan thrice -- 1991, 1996 and 1997. On her first visit in 1991, her trip to Lahore lasted only six hours during which she visited the Kinnaird College straight from the airport, followed by King Edward Medical College, the Millat Tractor Factory, Allama Iqbal mausoleum, Badshahi Mosque and Lahore Fort.

She visited Lahore for the second time in 1996 on the invitation of Imran Khan to help raise funds for Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital where she also attended an Eid Milan party. Since this was a personal visit, she did not attend any official events. Diana arrived in Lahore on her third and last visit to Pakistan in May 1997 for the launch of an endowment fund appeal for Khan’s cancer hospital.

Published in Dawn, October 17th, 2019

Opinion

Poisoning minds
23 Jan 2021

Poisoning minds

ICS cadets were raised on James Mill’s notorious work.
The fog of Broadsheet
23 Jan 2021

The fog of Broadsheet

How can the government pump credibility into an official probe when it has already declared its own political verdict?
Cheating on online exams
23 Jan 2021

Cheating on online exams

The difficulty of preventing online cheating and low ethical standards means that these days most students cheat.
Language mess
Updated 22 Jan 2021

Language mess

Our policy confuses the medium-of-instruction debate with the language-acquisition debate.

Editorial

23 Jan 2021

Power price hike

ALREADY struggling to cope with the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and rising food prices, consumers received yet...
Updated 23 Jan 2021

Israeli land grab

WITH the chapter now closed on the Trump presidency, the eyes of many in the international community — ...
23 Jan 2021

New PhD policy

EARLIER in the week, the HEC chairman announced several changes for undergraduate and PhD degrees in the country....
Updated 22 Jan 2021

Time to heal

A multitude of foreign issues will test Biden’s mettle and require progressive thinking.
22 Jan 2021

Foreign funding

AS the pressure builds on his party in the foreign funding case, Prime Minister Imran Khan has called for an ...
22 Jan 2021

Decaying PTV

THE Cabinet Committee on State-Owned Enterprises has decided to remove Pakistan Television from the list of...