Turkmenistan celebrates its independence from the USSR on 27 October. The ambassador of Turkmenistan and dean of diplomatic corps Atadjan Movlamov hosted an impressive reception to celebrate the 28th anniversary of his country’s independence at a local hotel in Islamabad. The chief guests on the occasion were Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Pir Noor Ul Haq Qadri and Federal Minister for Aviation Ghulam Sarwar Khan. Lt. Gen Sahir Shamshad Mirza, Salim Saifullah, Anwar Saifullah, Gohar Ayub Khan, Yaqoob Tabani and Habib Rafique were also among the notable guests. This glorious event was attended by number of people from different spheres of life including diplomats, ambassadors, businessmen, civilians, army personal and foreign office officials. Ambassadors from Central Asian countries including Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Russian ambassador were sitting on the stage. The participation of a large number of guests at Turkmenistan national day shows that Atadjan Movlamov has worked hard to encourage people to people ties between the two countries.