ISLAMABAD - Ambassador of the Democratic People’s Republic of Algeria Dr Ahmed Benflis hosted a reception on Thursday to mark the 59th anniversary of the launching of great armed struggle for the restoration of national independence.

The event was attended by many diplomats and Pakistanis from different walks of life, including political figures both in and out of government, while the guest of honour was Federal Minister for Information Parvaiz Rashid who came quite late because of his engagements at the PM House.  

The cake was cut after the national anthems of Pakistan and Algeria had been played. A video screening the aspects of the country was played to highlight the sights and sounds of Algeria, it showed the different facets of the rich culture, which encompasses the development of literature, music, religion and cuisine and the people of Algeria take great pride in.

Algeria-Pakistan relations are warm and cordial. Pakistan was a strong supporter of Algerian independence even before the inception of Algeria.

Pakistan was one of the first countries to recognize the “Provisional Government of Republic of Algeria” in exile on September 19th 1958 under Prime Minister Farhat Abbas and had permitted it to open its Mission in Karachi. The Government of Pakistan provided diplomatic passports to prominent members of the Algerian government in exile - among them Ahmed Ben Bella - for their foreign travel.