ISLAMABAD: To commemorate 75 years of relations between Pakistan and the United Kingdom (UK), the staff of the British High Commission and Capital Development Authority (CDA) on Friday planted 75 trees native to Pakistan in Shakarparian National Park.

Prior to this activity, a year-long tree planting programme was launched in the UK by the British Pakistan Foundation and Pakistan High Commission. Named, ‘The Legacy Project’, it was launched to celebrate achievements of British Pakistanis over the last 75 years. A total of 7,500 trees are set to be planted, according to a press release issued by the British High Commission.

The UK-Pakistan relationship was strengthened this year with major events such as the independence anniversary and the Birmingham Commonwealth Games, revitalising deep people-to-people ties, it added.

On the occasion, acting British High Commissioner Andrew Dalgleish said: “Right now, the UK and Pakistan are collaborating to tackle some of the world’s most pressing challenges from driving forward action on climate change to improving gender equality. I know that we will continue to do so over the next 75 years. Happy Birthday, Happy Independence Day, Azm-i-Aali Shaan, Shaad Rahe Pakistan!”

The project was a collaborative effort by the British Pakistan Foundation (BPF) in partnership with the National Trust, World Congress of Overseas Pakistanis (WCOP), the Pakistan Society, and a host of other British Pakistani organisations.

Published in Dawn, August 13th, 2022

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