Vienna, 2 September 2022 (TDI): The Cercle Diplomatique magazine in collaboration with the Embassy of Pakistan in Vienna launched a special edition cover titled “Pakistan Treasure of Opportunities” dedicated to highlighting Pakistan’s beauty.

The edition was launched at a reception held at the iconic Danube Tower.

The event was attended by Austrian Parliamentarians as well as members of the diplomatic corps, academia, media, and business community. Pakistan’s Ambassador in Vienna, Aftab Ahmad Khokher, was invited as the guest of honor at the occasion.

In his welcome remarks, Alexander Bursky, the Managing Director/Editor of Cercle Diplomatique welcomed the guests and provided an overview of this edition of the magazine covering Pakistan. He also expressed his sympathies at the disastrous flood situation in Pakistan.

Speaking on the occasion, Ambassador Khokher expressed his sincere appreciation to the team at Cercle Diplomatique for organizing the event, which highlighted Pakistan’s cultural vibrancy, its top tourist destinations, and opportunities for investment.

Ambassador Khokher highlighted that Pakistan is the home of high-altitude mountain ranges with many peaks over 8000 meters and pristine beaches across the coastline.

Availing this opportunity, Ambassador Khokher briefed the audience about the devastating flooding which had caused catastrophic damage across Pakistan.

He urged the international community to come forward and help Pakistan in this difficult time. He added that people of Pakistan are paying the price for calamity induced by climate change, for which Pakistan was not responsible alone. The guests made contributions/ donations for the flood affected people on the spot.

Floods in Pakistan 

In Pakistan, floods have claimed the lives of at least 1,191 people since June 2022, including 380 children.

Heavy monsoon rains that were unusually heavy and glaciers that began to melt after a severe heat wave contributed to the floods, which are all connected to climate change.

Since the floods in South Asia in 2017, it has caused the most fatalities worldwide and is regarded as the worst flood in the history of the nation.

Due to the flooding, Pakistan proclaimed a state of emergency on August 25. The nation’s one-third population was submerged by August 29, according to Pakistan’s minister of climate change, affecting 33 million people.

About Cercle Diplomatique 

Cercle Diplomatique is a widely circulated magazine with outreach in government and corporate sectors while also promoting linkages with the cultural community.

It is published four times every year with a readership of over 200,000 across Austria and Europe.