Islamabad - As the nation was celebrating Pakistan Day yesterday displaying military might and a resolve to curb terrorism, a 15-member art troupe had arrived from Beijing to commemorate 65th anniversary of Pak-China diplomatic relations.

The performance by Beijing Shanshui Orchestra enthralled everybody in the auditorium of Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA) as the Chinese artists played popular Pakistani songs.

Interestingly, the troupe consisted of disabled persons, both girls and boys, and the audience came to know about it when an organiser led one of the musicians to his chair holding his hand.

Held under the auspices of ministry of foreign affairs and embassy of China, the Beijing Shanshui Orchestra is the only disabled troupe specialising in Chinese traditional music in China.

The art troupe is the only disabled music group to surmount the instrumental and vocal performance in China and is the only band that has won three gold medals and one silver medal at national disabled instrumental competitions in recent years.

As the Chinese band started to sing a popular Pakistani song ‘Jeewe Jeewe Pakistan,’ the audience joined the performers and within seconds everybody in the hall was singing the song and acknowledging the warm feelings of mutual friendship between the two countries.

It was told by PNCA officials later that the troupe is keen in serving public welfare activities and also performing for the foreign embassies in Beijing to celebrate their national days functions. But the group had arrived in Islamabad on the occasion of Pakistan Day to celebrate the 65 years long diplomatic relations between Pakistan and China.