On the occasion, a Diplomatic Reception was hosted onboard the vessel with H E Sheikh Mohammed bin Omar bin Ahmed al Marhoon, Ambassador of Oman to Pakistan, as chief guest, whereas H E Ali Javed, Ambassador of Pakistan to Oman, also participated in the event. Approximately 120 guests attended the reception including Omani officials and dignitaries, including Royal Navy of Oman, Royal Army of Oman and Royal Air Force of Oman, port and civil services of Oman and prominent members of the Pakistani community.
March 23 is the most significant day of the calendar for Pakistanis residing anywhere in the world. This day represents the historic ‘Pakistan Resolution’ of 1940 which determined the course for the establishment of Pakistan as a sovereign state.
In a recent and salient development, Pakistan International Airlines which introduced two direct flights in a week to Salalah from Lahore and Islamabad on December 1, 2016 and February 22, respectively, were planning to launch direct flights to Salalah from Karachi and Sialkot from March 30 and April 1, respectively.
The hosting of this special event to mark Pakistan Day in Salalah is reflective of the depth and dimensions of the bilateral relations. Aslat previously hosted an onboard reception to mark the Independence Day of Pakistan on August 14, 2016 in Salalah, the second largest city of Oman located 1,100km south west of Muscat and home to 65,000-70,000 Pakistanis. Habib Bank also has its branch there, and 900 students are enrolled in Pakistan School Salalah.