Martin Kobler, tussi ja rahay ho? Tussi na jao.
It is rare that an ambassador makes such a huge impression on the people of the country he is serving in. But Martin Kobler has clearly made a permanent place in the hearts of Pakistanis during his two years here. But alas, it is time for him to bid farewell to Pakistan.
German Ambassador Martin Kobler shared a final video message dressed in a beautiful black sherwani
His message was for the people of Pakistan, thanking them for making his stay in the country wonderful.
Have a look at my farewell video message for all of you!! Thank you all for your hospitality and respect!! Will keep you in my heart
میرا یہ الوداعی ویڈیو پیغام، آپ سب کیلئے!! آپ لوگوں کی مہمان نوازی اور احترام کے لئے آپ سب کا مشکور ہوں!! آپ کو اپنے دل میں رکھوں گا pic.twitter.com/NtS4MRtsPY
— Martin Kobler مارٹن کوبلر (@KoblerinPAK) April 8, 2019
In his farewell message, Kobler mentioned that his next time in Pakistan would be as a tourist and not as an ambassador.
He is clearly emotional about his tenure as the German ambassador ending as well. Honestly, even I am getting emotional. In the last two years, Martin Kobler has not just embraced Pakistani culture but celebrated it. He showed genuine concern for Pakistan’s issues and urged Pakistanis to correct them. One of the issues he focused on was pollution and regularly talked about it on his social media.
What a memorable farewell brunch with my friends & colleagues!! Thank you all for so much love!! gave my farewell speech with heavy heart😓. Was one of the best posting ever!! Only 2 days to go!! Will miss #Pakistan & her people forever 😭. pic.twitter.com/Ep46CL9Jv8
— Martin Kobler مارٹن کوبلر (@KoblerinPAK) April 7, 2019
Mr. Kobler has endeared himself to Pakistanis by giving his own tips on everything
Like how to live a more eco-friendly life
What an amazing alternative to plastic!! Small things matters!!
Instead of using plastic; i have started using these beeswax cotton wraps to cover the food. Easy to make; you can learn it from youtube even. Purely #Reuseable!!#GREENit #stopplasticpollution pic.twitter.com/4fMs9YYgzx
— Martin Kobler مارٹن کوبلر (@KoblerinPAK) April 1, 2019
And his love for Pakistan has been evident throughout his stay
He made most of his time in Pakistan by visiting all the areas he could, from Skardu in the North to Multan in the South; he explored and admired the beauty of our country fully.
Skardu was Great!! Beauty beauty & only beauty. Astounding landscapes!! only in #Pakistan. The peaceful fresh environment was just amazing. Huge potential for tourism! Would love to go again & again. pic.twitter.com/obCJQ82Qp7
— Martin Kobler مارٹن کوبلر (@KoblerinPAK) March 31, 2019
Such nice memories❤ from last trip to South Punjab. Will stay with me forever😭.
جنوبی پنجاب کے آخری دورے سے ایسی حسین یادیں❤.. ہمیشہ میرے ساتھ رہیں گیں😭۔ pic.twitter.com/dmyQFn6yzJ
— Martin Kobler مارٹن کوبلر (@KoblerinPAK) March 29, 2019
People of Pakistan love him so much that they want to put him on the Exit Control List
And now that it’s time to bid him farewell, Pakistanis are understandably upset at having to say goodbye. To the point that they are asking the government to put Martin Kobler’s name on the ECL.
RT if U want Martin Kobler name to b put on ECL ♥️
— Chaudhry Nabeel (@DrNabeelChaudry) April 9, 2019
— Danyal Khan (@DanyaLk7) April 9, 2019
Why not govt. put our very owned beloved Chacha Martin Kobler's name in ECL. Love & Respect 💕 pic.twitter.com/dDI4WVh0tL
— ASLAM YASIN 🇵🇰 (@AslamYaxin) April 9, 2019
I demand to Government please put the name of Martin Kobler on ECL immediately.
Sorry he is not allowed to leave Pakistan. pic.twitter.com/zenvNtnWY7
— Mehbub🇵🇰 (@OyeMehbub) April 9, 2019
I mean the sentiment is sweet guys, but putting him on the ECL would be like holding him hostage and wouldn’t exactly do good for whatever relations Pakistan has with Germany. Look, we had to say goodbye to him at some point, and I am glad that we’re doing it on such a positive note.
And Mr. Kobler, you know you can return anytime and you’ll always be warmly welcomed by the people of Pakistan.
Cover Image Source: @KoblerinPAK / Twitter