Sadruddin Hashwani honoured with Belgian award

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ISLAMABAD: Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium to Pakistan, Peter Claes officially presented to Sadruddin Hashwani the jewel and diploma of the Knight-Commander in the Order of Leopold II during an official ceremony in Islamabad on Tuesday. The prestigious national Order was bestowed upon Mr. Hashwani, the Chairman of the Hashoo Group, by 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. They have 5 grades: Knight, Officer, Knight-Commander, Grand Officer 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 presence in Karachi since 1948 and the 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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