Prince Charles Visits Lahore, Praises UK Troops in Afghanistan

November 2, 2006

Source: Zee News

Lahore, Nov 02: Britain's Prince Charles on Thursday arrived in the eastern Pakistan city of Lahore to promote interfaith harmony and praise the efforts of UK soldiers in Afghanistan.

Charles, travelling with his wife, Camilla, amid tight security, visited an Islamic mosque, Sikh temple and Christian cathedral during his trip to Lahore.

The royal couple also visited the mausoleum of Allama Iqbal, a philosopher and poet who in 1930 first voiced the idea of creating a majority Muslim state of Pakistan, separating it from what was then British-ruled India.

Charles told a banquet held in his honour in Islamabad yesterday, that Britain's troops in neighbouring Afghanistan were fighting "extremists" to make the world safer.

"Our armed forces are carrying out an incredibly difficult and dangerous task often involving terrible sacrifice," Charles said while speaking alongside Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf. "They are working, President, not just in the interests of our two nations, but of all nations and we can take enormous pride in them."

Britain has nearly 4,000 troops deployed in Afghanistan's Helmand province as part of a NATO-led security force in the country's restive south.