Muscat: Ali Javed, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the Sultanate visited Buraimi to mark the conclusion of month-long celebrations of ‘Pakistan Day’ across Oman.
The envoy was welcomed by Zahran bin Mohammed Al Nabhani, Director Ministry of Culture and Heritage, and Mohammad Shah Sheerani, designated as ‘Advisor to Ambassador for Pashtun-Baloch Community’ by Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister, in January 2019.
Other local citizens of the country present on the occasion included Mohammad Suleman, Abdullah bin Hamd Al Azzani, Engr. Salim bin Rashid, Saif bin Abeid Al Jabri and Khalid bin Nasir Al Saidi.
The proceedings commenced with a visit to “Sa’arani”, a 1,200 years old underground water canal, locally called falaj, running 10 meters beneath earth’s surface to transfer spring water from source to nearby human concentration.
Talib Al Jabri, a local hero narrated his inspiration behind restoration of falaj and paid tribute to a handful Pakistanis that believed in him and assisted him in the task. The ambassador spent an hour traversing through the pristine waters underground and became second envoy in Oman, following Egypt, to visit Sa’arani falaj.
The ambassador underlining the 1,200-1,500 years old falajs testimony to advance knowledge and skills acquired by our forefathers, observed that we could draw parallels in preserving our common heritage dating back 5,000 years to ‘Indus Valley Civilisation of ‘Mohen-jo Daro’ in Sindh – Pakistan, linked scientifically, to recent discoveries of arte facts from Hajar Mountain in Oman.
Following a luncheon hosted by Sheerani for 75 guests on site at Sa’arani, the envoy visited “Khandaq Fort” which opened its doors to public last year following four years of renovation. The ambassador then participated in ‘Community Event’ organised by Sheerani and Pashtun-Baloch Community.
Highlighting the vision of Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan to serve overseas Pakistanis and promote peace and friendship in the world, the ambassador addressed capacity audience of 600 guests and appreciated their overwhelming support.
It is recalled that during ambassador’s first visit to the city in August 2016, Ibrahim Al Busaidi, Governor Buriami, inaugurated Pakistan School where 250 students are currently enrolled. This was ambassador’s third visit to the city.