Pakistan's elections remained hot topic of discussion among the guests at a diplomatic reception hosted by the ambassador of Netherlands to Pakistan Gajus Scheltema to mark the investiture of His Majesty King Willem- Alexander.

Caretaker Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Sohail Wajahat H. Siddiqui was the chief guest of the reception that was attended by a large number of diplomats from European Union countries, senior civil and military officials and business people from Pakistan.  The event has been graciously supported by number of Dutch companies in Pakistan including EngroVopak, Philips, Shell, SPG Prints and Unilever.

The function started with playing of national anthems of the two countries that was followed by a traditional cake cutting ceremony.

Speaking on the occasion, Ambassador Gajus Scheltema highlighted the significance of the event saying the House of Orange has symbolized the unity of the Netherlands over many centuries and that Her Majesty Queen Beatrix had been exemplary as a Head of State.

He said that the people of the Netherlands wished the new King, Willem-Alexander, all the best in this challenging position, adding that the King Willem-Alexander had already demonstrated his great personal interest in some of the economic strengths of the Netherlands, such as water management.

The guests, besides enjoying the investiture of King Willem-Alexander displayed at a mini screen set up for the purpose also remained engrossed in discussing elections in Pakistan.

They by and large concerned about election related violence in various parts of Pakistan but were hopeful that militants would not be able to derail these elections slated for May 11.   

The event marks the signing ceremony of Her Majesty, Queen Beatrix the instrument of abdication in the Royal Palace, Amsterdam, formally relinquishing the throne. Her eldest son, the Prince of Orange, who became King Willem-Alexander under constitutional law, succeeded her.–Maqboool Malik