Chief Editor: Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

Independence Day of Uzbekistan celebrated in style

By Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

ISLAMABAD, SEPT 13 (DNA) Ambassador of Uzbekistan Furqat Sidikov hosted a colorful reception to mark 28th Anniversary of the Independence of Uzbekistan.

Omar Ayub Khan Federal Minister for Petroleum was the chief guest while a large number of guests hailing from various walks of life attended the reception.

The embassy also established special kiosks where various Uzbek products were exhibited. A kiosk displaying fruits from Uzbekistan got special attention of the guests.

Even the chief guest could not resist the temptation and went straight to the fruit stall after national anthems and cake cutting ceremony. The Uzbek ambassador gave a guided tour to the minister and briefed him about various Uzbek delicacies.

Likewise, dry fruit stall was yet another attraction for the visitors. Different kinds of dry fruit packed in small boxes lured attention of audience, majority of them picked more than one boxes to enjoy the Uzbek delight to the full.

Uzbekistan ranks top among the Central Asian countries when it comes to development particularly in religious tourism and transportation infrastructure.

The new Uzbek government is committed to promote religious tourism and after government’s concerted efforts number of people visiting Uzbekistan for religious tourism has increased manifold.

Even from Pakistan a great influx of tourists heads to Uzbekistan on daily basis for religious as well other tourism attractions.

Direct flights from Lahore to Uzbekistan have made it easy for the tourists of both countries to commute regularly.

Uzbekistan’s agriculture sector is yet another sphere where the country has made progress by leaps and bounds. Uzbek embassy in Islamabad has held a number of road shows exhibiting Uzbek potential in the agriculture field.

Pakistan and Uzbekistan are in close contact to promote and strengthen bilateral cooperation in agriculture field. Pakistan can increase its cotton yield to a great extent by using Uzbek machinery, which happens to be the best in the world. =DNA

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