Islamabad, Sep 21: In a first royal trip to the country in more than a decade, Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton will pay an official visit to Pakistan from October 14-18, Dawn reported on Saturday.
Informing the event, Kensington Palace tweeted from their official Twitter handle: “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will attend a special event at the Aga Khan Centre on 2nd October, hosted by His Highness The Aga Khan.”
The visit comes 13 years after Charles and Camilla visited Pakistan in 2006. Welcoming the announcement of the visit, ambassador to Britain Nafees Zakaria tweeted,“Upcoming Royal visit reflects the importance UK attaches to Pakistan. Both countries enjoy historical links and wish to strengthen them further.”
The royal couple’s visit, requested by Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office, shows London’s renewed interest in Pakistan.
Britain is home to more than a million people of Pakistani origin, making it the largest Pakistani diaspora in Europe. Earlier this year, British Airways resumed its operations in Pakistan after suspending operations due to security fears over a decade ago. UNI