Bel­gium con­fers upon Mr. Sadrud­din Hash­wani the Award of Knight-Com­man­der in the Or­der of Leopold II

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His Ex­cel­lency Peter Claes, Am­bas­sador of the King­dom of Bel­gium to the Is­lamic Repub­lic Sadrud­din Hash­wani with the jewel and di­ploma of Knight-Com­man­der in the cer­e­mony in Is­lam­abad on April 29. The pres­ti­gious na­tional Or­der was be­stowed upon Mr. Hash­wani, the Chair­man of the Hashoo Group, by H.M. the King of the Bel­gians for his out­stand­ing ser­vices in the pro­mo­tion of re­la­tions be­tween Pak­istan and Bel­gium and for his re­mark­able role in the so­cio-eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of Pak­istan. The fes­tive event at the Hashoo House was at­tended by the elite of the city with distin­guished guests from govern­ment, diplo­matic and busi­ness cir­cles as well as close friends. In his ad­dress Am­bas­sador Claes ex­ten­sively thanked Mr. Hash­wani for his loyal com­mit­ment to the King­dom of Bel­gium and his ac­tive sup­port to the Em­bassy over the past 25 years. The Am­bas­sador also thanked Mr. Takreem ul-Haque for as­sur­ing the day-to-day con­sular and commercial busi­ness of the Hon­orary Con­sulate. The Or­der of Leopold II is one of the three na­tional Bel­gian Or­ders of chivalry. All three Or­ders have the Bel­gian Sov­er­eign as Grand Mas­ter. and Grand Cross. The Or­der of Leopold II, in­sti­tuted by His Majesty King Leopold II in 1900, is awarded for loyal ser­vices to the Bel­gian Monarch and as a sign of His per­sonal grat­i­tude. It is awarded both to distin­guished Bel­gian mil­i­tary and se­nior civil ser­vants and to for­eign na­tion­als. The grade of Knight-Com­man­der is usu­ally re­served for cap­tains of in­dus­try and high dig­ni­taries. Bel­gium has had a diplo­matic Hon­orary Con­sulate, the Am­bas­sador said, sym­bol­izes the long-term com­mit­ment of Bel­gium to Pak­istan’s suc­cess and the in­deli­ble bonds of friend­ship be­tween the people. Mr. Hash­wani is and re­mains the epit­ome of that un­break­able friend­ship, the Am­bas­sador con­cluded. In his short ac­cep­tance speech, Mr. Hash­wani thanked the Am­bas­sador for his kind sup­port and ex­pressed his grat­i­tude to His Majesty the King of the Bel­gians for this great hon­our and re­it­er­ated his com­mit­ment to the pro­mo­tion of good re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries.

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