Major Geoffrey Langlands CMG is celebrating his 100th birthday today, and was wished happy birthday by the British High Commissioner, Thomas Drew.
Thomas Drew CMG, British High Commissioner, said:
I wish Major Langlands a very happy birthday. Reaching 100 years is a great achievement. It is also an opportunity to look back at what he has achieved for Pakistan. We are proud of Major Langlands and what he has done for education in Pakistan. Pakistan is very different from when he arrived 70 years ago, but his commitment to teaching young Pakistani people has never changed.
I am delighted that Major Langlands has received a telegraph from Her Majesty The Queen to celebrate his birthday, as well as official recognition from the Chitral Association for Education and Health for his work for education in Chitral.
After serving in the British, Indian and Pakistani armies, Major Langlands taught at Aitchison College and then was appointed Principal at the Cadet College in Razmak. He went on to set up the first private school in Chitral, now known at the Langlands School and College, which he ran for 25 years until he retired aged 94. He has received several prestigious awards including Member of the Order of the British Empire, Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George and Hilal-e-Imtiaz.
Brigadier Ben Edwards, the British Defence and Military Advisor, represented the British High Commission at the birthday celebrations at Aitchison College, where Major Langlands now lives.
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