New British High Commissioner presents credentials to President Alvi, meets Pervez Elahi

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LAHORE: British High Commissioner Christian Turner on Monday showed his deep appreciation for the historic and cultural uniqueness of Lahore stating that visiting the ancient city was like seeing a hundreds of years of shared history.

Turner, who recently presented his credentials to the president on January 9, tweeted after his visit to the City of Gardens by equating a famous Punjabi proverb with a saying of an 18th century English writer.

“Jinnay Lahore nahi wekh-e-ya, aou jamiya nahi” reminds me of Samuel Johnson’s “if you are tired of London…”, he wrote. “Lahore, consider me born!,” High Commissioner Turner said, in reference to the quote meaning the life was anew when someone visited this ancient city.

High Commissioner-designate of United Kingdom, Mr. Christian Turner presenting his credentials to President Dr. Arif Alvi at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, Islamabad on January 9, 2020.

Christian Turner also shared a photograph of authentic Lahori cuisine showing Chicken Karahi, Seekh kebabs and other side condiments including mint yogurt sauce. The high commissioner earlier visited other cities of Pakistan including Rohtas Fort near Jhelum, built by Sher Shah Suri in 1541 and also one of the UNESCO world heritage sites. He also visited the mausoleum of Quaid-e-Azam in Karachi to pay his respects to Pakistan’s founding father, and tweeted that he was “truly impressed by his vision of tolerant and inclusive Pakistan and the splendid architecture of his mausoleum.”

Meeting with Pervez Elahi

British High Commissioner Dr. Christian Turner and DFID Lahore Chief Jinal Shah called on Speaker Punjab Assembly Ch Parvaiz Elahi and MNA Moonis Elahi at their residence on Monday and exchanged views about prevailing political situation in the country. Speaker Ch Parvaiz Elahi said that Britain and Pakistan have always had good and pleasant relations, but there was need for further promoting mutual trade and people-to-people contacts. They also exchanged views on how to improve the environment by evolving a strategy for making atmosphere man-friendly in Punjab. Dr. Christian Turner presented memorial shield to Speaker Punjab Assembly Ch Parvaiz Elahi on his first visit to Lahore. Expressing gratitude to Ch Parvaiz Elahi and Moonis Elahi, he said their family

had very important role in politics of Pakistan. He described Pakistan a very beautiful and peaceful country.

Delegation

A two-member delegation of British Embassy called on Punjab Police Inspector General Shoaib Dastgir at central police office on Monday. The delegation was comprised of Miss Ann Cowan, Consular Regional Operation Manager and Albert David Consular Operations.  The British delegation acknowledged the performance of Punjab Police against terrorism and said that timely action of Punjab Police against terrorists and anti-social elements was laudable whereas the projects of Punjab Police for public service were rightly up to the mark of modern policing. Meanwhile, the IGP presented a memorial souvenir to Miss Ann Cowan.