World celebrates Pakistan’s Independence Day
ISLAMABAD: The 75th Independence Day of Pakistan was celebrated on Saturday at various embassies and missions of the country across the world by holding flag hoisting ceremonies and exhibitions.
The envoys of Pakistan in respective ceremonies hoisted the national flag, while the national anthem was played. The events were attended by the diplomatic community, officials of the embassy, Pakistani expatriates and local notables.
The flag hoisting ceremonies were held in China, Turkey, India, France, Japan, the UK, Bangladesh, Qatar, the UAE, Tajikistan, Kenya, Mauritius, Ethiopia, Sudan, Rwanda, Tunisia, Jordan, Iraq, Sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia, Nepal, Kuwait, Maldives, Iran, Azerbaijan, Thailand, Austria, Tajikistan, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Australia and many others.
The envoys read out the messages of President Dr Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan issued on the Independence Day and highlighted the sacrifices of forefathers during the Pakistan Movement, the country’s economic turnaround despite the Covid-19 pandemic, particularly the ongoing Indian oppression of the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).
Started with the national anthem and recitation of verses from the Holy Quran, the flag hoisting ceremonies also marked the cutting of celebratory cakes and special prayers for the progress and prosperity of the country.
The buildings of the embassies and chanceries were adorned with Pakistani flags, special banners and pamphlets, highlighting the patriotic zeal of Pakistanis.
At a ceremony in France, Charge d’Affaires Abbas Sarwar Qureshi, in his address, highlighted the inspiring life of Quaid-e-Azam and said that all Pakistanis need to work actively for the prosperity of their homeland in accordance with the Quaid’s vision.
The event included poetry recitation, certificate distribution and a photo exhibition on Pakistan’s culture, landscape and history.
Addressing the flag hoisting ceremony, Pakistan’s Ambassador in Doha Syed Ahsan Raza Shah extended the greetings and highlighted the atrocities and human rights violations being faced by the people in IIOJ&K.
He resolved that the Pakistani nation stood resolutely with the Kashmiri brethren in their rightful struggle to self-determination and freedom.
Pakistan’s Consul General to Dubai and Northern Emirates Hassan Afzal Khan commended the Pakistani community residing in the UAE for playing a vital role in the progress and development of the UAE and Pakistan.
He assured that more community-friendly initiatives would be taken to enhance the outreach and facilitation for the Pakistani expatriates.
In Tajikistan, Ambassador Imran Haider said that despite several political and economic challenges, Pakistan continued to tread on to the path of peace, progress and prosperity.
High Commissioner in Dhaka Imran Ahmed Siddiqui recounted the sacrifices made by the leaders of the Pakistan Movement for the emancipation and welfare of the Muslims of South Asia.
The high commission organised an exhibition, displaying the rare photographs of the nation’s founding father and other leaders of the Pakistan Movement.
Ambassador Sajid Bilal in Cairo, in his remarks, stressed on the need to strictly adhere to the principles of unity, faith and discipline, and to strive for transforming Pakistan in accordance with the vision of the forefathers.
Acting High Commissioner in Canada Shahbaz Malik hoisted the flag at the High Commission in Ottawa and read out the messages of the president and the prime minister.
Similarly, the Independence Day ceremonies were also held at Consulates in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal.
A ceremony was also held in Niamey, attended by the diplomats, parliamentarians and leading Nigerians, besides the Pakistani community. It was the first of the five programmes arranged by the embassy of Pakistan in Niamey.
Ambassador to the European Union, Belgium and Luxembourg, Zaheer A Janjua underscored the importance of the role of overseas Pakistanis, and urged the Pakistan community in Belgium and Luxembourg to make a firm resolve to undertake all-possible efforts for the development and prosperity of the country.
A photo exhibition was also arranged on the religious diversity and tourism potential of Pakistan, which was highly appreciated by the participants.
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