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    Rahat Rocks the UN General Assembly on Pakistan Day

    Written by: Staff Report - Posted on: March 23, 2016 | Post your comment here Comments | 中文 (Chinese)

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    Rahat Fateh Ali Khan Rocks the UN General Assembly on Pakistan Day, 23 March 2016

    Rahat Fateh Ali Khan rocks the UN General Assembly

    The UN General Assembly walls resounded with Sufi music on Pakistan Day as Rahat Fateh Ali Khan electrified the crowd into a delirium of ecstasy and spontaneous dancing. Dr Maleeha Lodhi, our Permanent Representative to the UN, had put up a show, never seen in this august house before.

    Rahat Fateh Ali Khan Rocks the UN General Assembly on Pakistan Day, 23 March 2016

    Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Dr. Maleeha Lodhi with Under-Secretary-General Christina Gallach and staff members

    H.E. Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary-General of the UN sent a video recorded message of congratulations, in which he said, “What a wonderful way to celebrate Pakistan’s National Day’”, and added, “Tonight the halls of the General Assembly will resound with the Sufi message of oneness, a message of peace and compassion, of understanding and harmony”. He concluded with a quote from “the great Punjabi Sufi poet Bulleh Shah, ‘let us walk the road of peace’.” Dr Lodhi welcomed the guests, and mentioned that for the first time Pakistan Day was being celebrated in the United Nations General Assembly. She stated that it was “appropriate at a time when a strengthened and more resilient democracy is powering Pakistan’s journey to a brighter future”.  

    Rahat Fateh Ali Khan Rocks the UN General Assembly on Pakistan Day, 23 March 2016

    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s video message at the Pakistan Day celebration

    Ambassador Lodhi had exhibited on the international stage, the richness and splendour of Pakistani culture. With spirits stirred by words of Sufi poets and set to the throb of qawwali, the charged crowd spontaneously broke into the national anthem at the end.

    Rahat Fateh Ali Khan Rocks the UN General Assembly on Pakistan Day, 23 March 2016

    Dr. Maleeha Lodhi, Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the UN

    Rahat Fateh Ali Khan Rocks the UN General Assembly on Pakistan Day, 23 March 2016
    Rahat Fateh Ali Khan Rocks the UN General Assembly on Pakistan Day, 23 March 2016

    Rahat performs to a crowd of 1,600 at the UNGA

    Rahat Fateh Ali Khan Rocks the UN General Assembly on Pakistan Day, 23 March 2016

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