Mes­sage of H.E. Dr. Cyrill Nunn, Am­bas­sador of the Fed­eral Repub­lic of Ger­many, on the oc­ca­sion of the Ger­man Na­tional Day on 03 Oc­to­ber 2012

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Con­sul and as First Sec­re­tary in the De­vel­op­ment Sec­tion – there were still two Ger­man Em­bassies re­flect­ing the sharp di­vide of Ber­lin, Ger­many and Europe. At that time no­body expected a sud­den change. How­ever, just one year later, in Novem­ber 1989, the peace­ful rev­o­lu­tion led to the fall of theBer­linWall and in­Oc­to­ber 1990 to the uni­fi­ca­tion of the twoGer­man states. Hav­ing re­turned to Is­lam­abad - now along with my wife and my chil­dren - I no­ticed quickly that Pak­istan and Is­lam­abad have changed tremen­dously. Pak­istan is gov­erned by a demo­crat­i­cally elected gov­ern­ment; the free me­dia plays a cru­cial role in the so­ci­ety. Cities and towns have ex­panded, in par­tic­u­lar Is­lam­abad has be­come amore vivid place with such new fa­cil­i­ties as Fa­timah Jin­nah Park or Pak­istan Mon­u­ment. The po­lit­i­cal re­la­tions be­tween our two coun­tries are quite close and have been strength­ened­within the last 12months. Dr. Guido Wester­welle, the Fed­eral For­eign Min­is­ter, and the Fed­eral Min­is­ter of De­fence, Thomas de Maiz­ière, as well as sev­eral Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment and other high­rank­ing of­fi­cials have vis­ited Pak­istan. An­other re­cent high­light has been the visit of Pak­istan's For­eign Min­is­ter Hina Rab­bani Khar to Ber­lin in Septem­ber 2012. Dur­ing this visit both Min­is­ters signed the „Strate­gic Di­a­logue Roadmap“- a step thatwill f u r t h e r deepen our bi­lat­eral re­la­tions. In the eco­nomic field, Ger­many has been and still is the big­gest trade part­ner of Pak­istan within the Euro­pean Union which in turn is the big­gest trade part­ner of Pak­istan over­all. The aca­demic ex­change is grow­ing; at present, nearly 2.600 Pak­istani students are study­ing in Ger­many. As we Ger­mans cel­e­brate our Na­tional Day, I hope that democ­racy in Pak­istan as well as the con­tacts be­tween our two coun­tries will be strength­ened in the years to come.

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