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Freedom may be delayed but not denied

60 years ago a revolt began as a student demonstration against the government of the Hungarian People’s Republic and its Soviet-imposed policies, lasting from 23 October until 10 November 1956.

 

Over 2,500 Hungarians and 700 Soviet troops were killed in the conflict, and 200,000 Hungarians fled as refugees.¬† 22,000 were sentenced, 13,000 imprisoned, and several hundred executed, but it even this couldn’t crushed the Hungarian people’s thirst for freedom.

 

Some of the countries especially Pakistan played a significant role in United Nations and other forums, demanded the withdrawal of Soviet troops from Hungary. Especially the role of then prime minister of Pakistan, Hussain Shaheed Suhrawardy, and a prominent diplomat, Agha Shahi, played an active role.

 

Today Hungary has a high-income economy with a very high Human Development Index having  99% literacy rate of total population. Up till now 13 Hungarians had received a Nobel prize.

 

These photos were clicked during the National Day of Hungary commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the 1956 Revolution and Freedom Fight, observed at Serena, Islamabad with Ambassador of Hungary H.E Istvan Szabo.

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