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To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Egyptian Revolution, the ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt Said Hindam hosted a reception on the occasion. The function was held at the Serena Hotel and was well attended by guests both from the diplomatic corps, including defence advisers and attaches and civilians from different walks of life including political entities and religious scholars. The guest of honour was Senate Chairman Syed Nayyar Hussain Bokhari and he along with the host and many others cut the cake after the national anthems had been played.

 

The timing of the reception was kept to coincide with Iftar, keeping in mind that guests who were fasting would arrive in time to break their fast and then enjoy dinner with their Egyptian hosts — which they did, after a short break for prayers. For those who were not fasting, it was somewhat of a learning experience as Muslim guests explained what the practice involved. Traditional snacks and soft drinks — both Pakistani and Egyptian — were served for Iftari, while dinner was a mix of European and ME cuisine.

 

A special exhibition of exciting calligraphic art was also inaugurated by the ambassador and the chief guest after dinner — guests trooped up to the Satrang Gallery to view the featured art work by Pakistani artists and then dispersed and went on their way.

 

According to information, Egypt has had three revolutions occupied by Great Britain in effect since 1882, Egypt achieved its independence from colonial rule only in the aftermath of sustained protests. In the wake of the 1919 revolution and after two years of stalled negotiations, the British abolished martial law and granted Egypt unilateral nominal independence from colonial rule in February of 1922.

 

The Egyptian Revolution of 1952 began on 23 July, with a military coup d’état by the Free Officers Movement, a group of army officers led by Muhammad Naguib and Gamal Abdel Nasser. The revolution was initially aimed at overthrowing King Farouk. However, the movement had more political ambitions and soon moved to abolish the constitutional monarchy and aristocracy of Egypt and Sudan, establish a republic, end the British occupation of the country, and secure the independence of Sudan (hitherto governed as an Anglo-Egyptian condominium).

 

The revolutionary government adopted a staunchly nationalist, anti-imperialist agenda, which came to be expressed chiefly through Arab nationalism, and international non-alignment.

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