Islamabad - Crucial visits of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to China, Germany and UK were hot topic of discussion among the senior diplomats at a reception hosted by the Ambassador of Poland Andrzej Ananicz and Defence Attaché Colonel Andrzej Stanek on Tuesday.

The reception was hosted on the occasion of the Independence Day and the Armed Forces Day of the Republic of Poland and was attended by senior diplomats of various countries, armed forces officials and elite of the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi. Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Khurrum Dastagir was the chief guest.

The reception started with playing of national anthems of Poland and Pakistan that followed a cake cutting ceremony. The diplomats were keen to find out whether Prime Minister Sharif’s visits would bear fruit to steer the country out of the prevailing energy crisis. They were, however, more interested to find out details relating to Pak-China Economic Corridor and its impact on economic development of Pakistan. Political developments in Pakistan particularly Imran Khan’s November 30 public meeting also remained topic of interest for several diplomats. There was a consensus that Imran Khan’s agitation politics would not bear fruit, as the government seems serious and committed in addressing issues of public interest.

 On the other hand, a few of them believed that Imran Khan has gained much political mileage since his long march and sit-in even though it was not good for the country facing so many grave challenges. They were of the view that Pakistan needs peace and stability to surmount these challenges.

Poland celebrates on November 11 to commemorate the anniversary of the restoration of a Polish state. After the war, the communist authorities of the People’s Republic removed Independence Day from the calendar though reclamation of independence continued to be celebrated informally on November 11.