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GROUNDBREAKING AT THE 
NEW YORK 
WORLDS FAIR 
1964-1965 



Excerpts from transcription of remarks by Paki- 
stani and World's Fair officials at the ground- 
breaking ceremonies for the Pakistan Pavilion, 
New York World's Fair, Thursday, April 18, 
1963. 



RICHARD C. PATTERSON, JR. [Chief of Pro- 
tocol]: Your Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen. The 
New York World's Fair is fortunate indeed to have Paki- 
stan among its participating countries. Since coming into 
existence on August 14, 1947, Pakistan has assumed an 
important place in world affairs. Success like this for so 
young a country is no accident : it is a tribute to its leaders 
— several of whom are here today. 

Our first speaker is Mr. Douglas Beaton, leading mem- 
ber of the World's Fair International Division, one of 
Governor Polettis most effective collaborators and coordi- 
nator for the Pakistani exhibit. 



DOUGLAS BEATON: Thank you Ambassador Pat- 
terson. Your Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen. We are 
delighted to welcome you to this groundbreaking for the 
Pavilion of Pakistan. In May 196] Governor Charles 
Poletti and a distinguished committee from New York 
City extended our formal invitation to President Muham- 
med Ayub Khan, requesting that Pakistan take part in 
this Fair. 

It was indicative of the close friendship that exists 
between our two countries, and partly because of the 
persuasive qualities of Governor Poletti as a salesman, 
that before our delegation left your capital city, Rawal- 
pindi, the Government of Pakistan had decided to take 
part in the Fair. Subsequently, an architectural competi- 
tion for the design of the pavilion was held in Pakistan. 
This competition was won by Mr. D. H. Daruvala and 
Taj-ud-din Bham.im of Karachi, whom we congratulate 
Oil their winning design. 

We at the Fair are quite certain that your pavilion will 
be a great success by telling the American people some- 



Cover: The three main themes of the exhibit areas within this pavilion will emphasize Pakistan's Historic Past, Progressive 
Present and Promising Future. The agricultural scene on the front of the pavilion is in Pakistani ceramic art. Architects are 
D. H. Daruvala and Taj-ud-din M. Bhamani of Karachi, and Oppenheimer, Brady and Lehrecke of New York. 



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thing of Pakistan's 5,000 years of history, and of your 
hopes and aspirations for the future of your country. It 
has been said that a primary requisite of success is the 
ability to get things done. In this respect, I would like to 
pay tribute to Consul General Ahmed Ali, to Mr. Shahid 
Amin and to their colleague, Mr. Fakhruddin Ahmed, all 
of whom have worked so very hard to bring this project 
to fruition and who have the marked ability to get things 
done. If their hard work and enthusiasm for Pakistan's 
participation in the New York World's Fair is a gauge 
by which we can pre-measure the success of the Pakistan 
Pavilion, then indeed the Pakistan Pavilion will be most 
successful. 

Governor Poletti is today in Greece but has asked me 
to convey to Your Excellencies his regrets that he is 
unable to attend this ceremony, and to assure you that 
Pakistan will always have his close friendship and his 
cooperation and support. 

Now I would like to welcome to the growing list of 
people who are working for the success of the Fair, Paki- 
stan's New York architects, Oppenheimer, Brady and 
Lehrecke, and Pakistan's contractors, Sawyer and Dol- 
finger. Thank you very much. 

RICHARD PATTERSON: Thank you very much Mr. 



Beaton. Our next speaker is an eminent representative of 
a great country, who has had a distinguished career in 
the field of diplomacy. We have been pleased to have him 
with us in New York since he assumed his present post 
in December of 1962. I am pleased to introduce The 
Honorable Ahmed Ali, Consul General of Pakistan in 
New York. 

THE HONORABLE AHMED ALI: Your Excellency, 
Ambassador Patterson, Mr. Berns, Mr. Beaton, ladies and 
gentlemen. This is a very happy day for us, assembled 
here for the groundbreaking ceremony of the Pakistan 
Pavilion, and we are extremely fortunate in having His 
Excellency, Muhammad Zafrulla Khan here to perform 
the ceremony. 

The design which is a happy blend of Pakistani archi- 
tecture set in a modern structure, is the work of two Paki- 
stani and two American architects who have shown what 
can be achieved by international cooperation. The theme 
that we have selected — Historic Past, Progressive Pres- 
ent, and Promising Future — is an expression of the 
nation's spirit which permeates all our national endeavors. 

By depicting our past we are by no means resting on 
the laurels of our past glories. We have our faces turned 
toward the future, but we'd like to portray our glorious 



heritage, traditions, art and culture, which have come 
down to us through the ages, and which form our inspira- 
tion in building our future. The World's Fair theme, 
Peace through Understanding, finds complete accord with 
our national policy of good will to all, malice toward 
none. I hope that all countries participating in this Fair 
will live up to the theme, wherein lies the salvation of 
mankind. 

Ladies and gentlemen, I'd like to extend our great 
thanks to the World's Fair authorities for the ready co- 
operation they have given us, particularly to Mr. Douglas 
Beaton, who has given us guidance and advice. 

RICHARD PATTERSON: Thank you very much Mr. 
Consul General. Before presenting the next speaker, I 
should like to present for a bow, Dr. V. A. Hamdani, 
Minister of the Pakistan Mission to the United Nations. 

I'd also like to present some of my own colleagues: Mr. 
Stuart Constable, vice president in charge of Operations ; 
Mrs. Mary Jane McCaffree, director of Special Events, 
who was once secretary to General and Mrs. Eisenhower; 
General Whipple, our chief engineer; Mr. Allen Beach, 
director of the International Division; and Harry Meyers, 
director of Maintenance and Security, a West Point gen- 
eral who spent at least two years in Pakistan as U. S. 



military attache. 

Now it is my great privilege, ladies and gentlemen, to 
present a distinguished international lawyer and diplo- 
mat. He is widely known as the former foreign minister 
of Pakistan, and former vice president of the International 
Court of Justice, and currently Permanent Representative 
of Pakistan to the United Nations, and President of the 
United Nations General Assembly. His Excellency, Ma- 
hammed Zafrulla Khan. 

HIS EXCELLENCY MUHAMMED ZAFRULLA 
KHAN: Ambassador Patterson, Mr. Beaton, Mr. Berns, 
Consul General. I deem it a privilege and a great pleasure 
to perform the groundbreaking ceremony for the Paki- 
stan Pavilion. This Fair will mark the 300th anniversary 
of the city of New York as well as the 15th anniversary 
of the permanent home of the United Nations. 

The Fair is symbolic of the historic role that New York 
has come to play in the field of international and political 
understanding and economic progress. Pakistan is well 
aware of the importance of the World's Fair, and the deci- 
sion of the Pakistani Government to participate in the 
Fair, despite numerous handicaps, is evidence of Paki- 
stan's sincere wish to make its contribution to the realiza- 
tion of the ideals and objectives which inspire the 




Discussing an attractive example of Pakistan's 
art are: (left to right) His Excellency Muhammed 
Zafrulla Khan; Mr. William Berns, vice 
president, Communications and Public Relations, 
who accepted the memento on behalf of 
Robert Moses; General Harry Meyers, director 
of Maintenance and Security at the Fair; 
Consul General Ahmed Ali; and Mr. Douglas 
Beaton, of the Fair's International Division. 







His Excellency Muhammed Zafrulla Khan 
signalling the start of the breaking of ground for 
the Pakistan Pavilion. Left to right: Consul 
General Ahmed Ali; Mr. William Berns and 
Mr. Douglas Beaton of the Fair; His Excellency 
Muhammed Zafrulla Khan; and two charming 
hostesses of Pakistan International Airlines. 



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organizers of the Fair. 

The adoption of Peace through Understanding as the 
theme of the World's Fair is a very happy choice indeed. 
In today's world, there is great need to utilize every rele- 
vant occasion to emphasize the importance of world peace 
for all mankind ; this can only be achieved through better 
understanding. The economic importance of the Fair is 
self evident. As a developing country, Pakistan entertains 
high hopes concerning the benefits to be derived from 
the Fair, at a time of Pakistan's struggle to achieve a 
decent standard of living for its people. 

The industrial and scientific revolutions have bypassed 
us and many others in similar circumstances. It is only 
through sustained effort and cooperation between the 
developed and developing countries that this gap may 
be bridged. The world has entered into an era of inter- 
dependence in all spheres of human activity, and the de- 
velopment decade proclaimed by the United Nations is 
evidence of the growing realization of this interdepend- 
ence. We have every reason to hope that the New York 
World's Fair will constitute a landmark of progress in 
the development decade. 

Pakistan's theme, Historic Past, Progressive Present and 
Promising Future, is a realistic theme reflecting the efforts 



that we are currently making towards reaching the stage 
of self-sustaining economic growth. The Pakistan Pavilion 
will occupy 10,000 sq. ft. of space, its design is in accord 
with the traditions of our national architecture in modern 
construction. It will reflect the utmost efforts of a united 
people to forge ahead into the modern industrial age, 
without loss of perspective and balance. 

I trust that Pakistan's participation in the Fair will pro- 
vide an opportunity for businessmen and industrialists 
from all over the world to become acquainted with our 
potential, our needs, our resources, and the opportunity 
available to all inspired by friendly and cooperative senti- 
ments for participating in, and contributing to, our 
economic progress to mutual benefit. We trust that this 
pavilion will stimulate interest in Pakistan and its people, 
thus promoting closer contacts and beneficial exchanges 

in all spheres. 

The one great truth that we all must realize is, that 
while all of us are in great need, every one of us has much 
to give. Thank you very much. 

RICHARD PATTERSON: Thank you very much 
Your Excellency. Now I'd like to present the final speaker, 
Mr. William Berns, vice president of Communications 
and Public Relations for the Fair. 




WILLIAM BERNS: Your Excellency, Consul General 
Ali, Ambassador Patterson, Mr. Beaton, distinguished 
guests. It is my honor to represent Mr. Moses, president 
of the New York World's Fair. First I should like to 
say. as one who was privileged to join the official visiting 
team to Pakistan to extend the formal invitation, it is a 
happy day for us to be present for the groundbreaking, 
and to realize with the noise and visual evidence of prog- 
ress all around us, that one year from now we will all be 
enjoying the Pakistan Pavilion at this location. 

At this time I should like to read the statement of 
Mr. Moses: "We heartily welcome Pakistan to the Olym- 
pics of Progress at the World's Fair, and congratulate 
you on presenting in your pavilion not only the traditions 
of the historic past, and the remarkable steps you have 
already taken in the progressive present, but also on the 
evidences of further dynamic changes for which great 
preparations are being made. You will find here a 
than a welcome. You come by invitation, by insistence, by 
our assertion that the Fair would not be what it should 
be without you. If we can do anything to facilitate the 
building and the installation of your exhibits, and to 
smooth your path, be sure to let us know. The response 
will be prompt and unstinted." 




PAKISTAN PAVILION 

THE HONORABLE AHMED All, Consul General of Pakistan in New York 

SHAHID AMIN, Vice Consul 

SAUDUR RAHMAN, Chairman, Advisory Committee, Karachi 

M. AKRAM, Officer in Charge, World's Fair Cell, Karachi 



NEW YORK WORLD'S FAIR 1964-1965 CORPORATION 

Flushing 52, N.Y. Tel. 212-WF 4-1964 

ROBERT MOSES, President 

THOMAS J. DEEGAN, JR., Chairman of the Executive Committee 

WILLIAM E. POTTER, Executive Vice President 

CHARLES POLETTI, Vice President, International Affairs and Exhibits 

STUART CONSTABLE, Vice President, Operations 

WILLIAM BERNS, Vice President, Communications and Public Relations 

ERWIN WITT, Comptroller 

MARTIN STONE, Director of Industrial Section 

GUY F. TOZZOLI, (Port of New York Authority! Transportation Section 

ERNESTINE R. HAIG, Secretory of tfie Corporation ond 
Assistant to the President 

WILLIAM WHIPPLE, JR., Chief Engineer 




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