Flag hoisting ceremony held to mark Independence Day of Pakistan
Kathmandu, Aug 14: On the auspicious occasion of the Independence Day of Pakistan, an impressive flag hoisting ceremony was held at the Embassy of Pakistan today. This year Pakistan Independence Day is being observed in solidarity with the people of Kashmir in their struggle for their right of self-determination.
Ambassador Mazhar Javed hoisted the flag. Embassy officials and Pakistani community in Kathmandu attended the ceremony.
Independence Day messages of the President and the Prime Minister of Pakistan were also read out.
President Arif Alvi, in his message said that the Independence day reinvigorated the spirit of patriotism and the desire to serve the country.
In his message, Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan reassured the people of Kashmir that Pakistan will continue to provide political, diplomatic and moral support to their just struggle for the right of self-determination.
In his message, President Dr Arif Alvi has stressed upon unity and harmony among the ranks of the nation to face the challenges and issues confronted by the country for achieving the national objectives of progress and prosperity.
The president, in his message on the 73rd Independence Day, observed that all the strata of society had to work hard, irrespective of the factional or individual interests. He called upon all the citizens to play their due part in the progress and development of the country.
Felicitating the countrymen on the Independence Day, President Alvi said their forefathers had given immense sacrifices and due to their untiring efforts, Pakistan emerged on the world’s globe as an independent country on 14th August 1947.
“No doubt, freedom is a huge blessing. Now onus is upon us to present Pakistan as highly reputable, progressive and prosperous country among the comity of nations and thus transforming Pakistan under the visions of its founding leaders Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Allama Muhammad Iqbal.”
The president also reiterated Pakistan’s principled stance over Kashmir issue by extending full assurance to the Kashmiris, struggling for freedom from the Indian subjugation, of its political, moral and diplomatic support.
While expressing satisfaction over the sincere desire of patriotism and urge for the development of country as nurtured by the young generation, he said they had been fully acquainted with the objectives and significance behind the creation of Pakistan.
He also paid tribute to the security personnel and officers, who had laid down their lives for the protection of the motherland.
The president observed that the Independence Day also reinvigorated the spirit of patriotism and the desire to serve the country.
He said the nature had blessed the country with huge resources and geo-strategic positioning.
He called upon the countrymen to commit themselves to serve the motherland with renewed passion and vigour by transforming the country into a developed and prosperous piece of land.
I extend my heartiest felicitations to all Pakistanis, living within the country and abroad, on the occasion of 73rd Independence Day, said Prime Minister Khan in his message.
"The day reminds us of the unmatched sacrifices rendered by our forefathers to protect and safeguard our religious, cultural and social values. It also reminds us of the objectives that led to creation of an independent Muslim state".
"This day reinvigorates our spirit to make Pakistan stand out in the comity of nations as a dignified country. Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah envisioned a progressive Pakistan where one could lead one’s life in accordance with the golden tenets of Islam, a state where democratic norms could flourish and rule of law prevailed, and where compassion characterized the bonds between the state and citizens. To this end, the state of Madina is our model".
Allah Almighty has bestowed our country with great bounties and huge resources and a bright future awaits us. Quaid’s principles of Unity, Faith & Discipline, are beacon of light, to overcome the challenges faced by the country. Let us today rededicate ourselves to make Pakistan a developed and prosperous country. Let me emphasize here the role of Overseas Pakistanis and I am sure they will continue making us proud with their concerted efforts for the greater good of their homeland.
On this occasion, I also pay tribute to those sons of the soil who sacrificed their lives while protecting ideological and geographical boundaries of the motherland and kept aloft the banner of its freedom, the Pakistan PM said.
While the Independence Day is an occasion to rejoice and celebrate, we feel saddened to see our Kashmiri brethren in IoK being subjected to the worst kind of oppression and ruthless state terrorism. The tyranny unleashed against innocent civilians has crossed all limits in total disregard to the international norms and the values of humanity and has endangered the peace of the region. Let me reassure our Kashmiri brethren that we stand by them and Pakistan will continue to provide its political, moral and diplomatic support to their just struggle for self-determination. The recent events in IoK have reinforced the Two-Nation theory envisioned by our forefathers, said Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Nepal-Pakistan ties trouble-free: Timilsina
Meanwhile, a special programme was held to mark the the 72nd anniversary of the Independence of Islamic Republic of Pakistan here in Kathmandu on Wednesday afternoon.
Nepal and Pakistan have been enjoying cordial relations since the establishment of formal diplomatic relations in 1960, said participants at the function.
Organised by the Nepal-Pakistan Friendship & Cultural Association (NPFCA), the event also featured musical performance.
Political leaders, diplomats and experts appreciated Pakistan for its selfless support to Nepal in various fields, including medical education, culture, science and technology.
National Assembly Chairman Ganesh Timilsina noted that Nepal-Pakistan relations had been trouble-free and the two nations should forge common understanding for peace, stability and development in the region and beyond.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali said that Nepal-Pakistan bilateral relations were based on mutual trust, respect and civilisational ethos.
“We have been bound by similar culture and diplomatic approach. Nepal’s Kapilvastu and Pakistan Taxila were connected more than two thousand years ago,” said Gyawali, adding that the Pakistani people had worked hard to usher in peace, stability and development in their nation
He informed that the two nations were going to jointly mark the 60th year of the establishment of the diplomatic ties amidst variety of programmes.
Pakistani ambassador to Nepal Dr. Mazhar Javed said that the people of Pakistan and Nepal had strong emotional bond nourished by mutual understanding, cooperation and common values.
The Pakistani envoy said that the two nations had witnessed growing relations in the field of education, culture, politics and diplomacy. “This year we celebrate Independence Day by showing solidarity to the people of Jammu and Kashmir.”
General secretary of CPN-ML and former DPM C.P. Mainali said Nepal and Pakistan had multidimensional relations and held similar views at regional and global forums.
President of NPFCA Himalaya S. Rana said that relationship among the people of the two nations have been amicable due to the cultural affinity and shared values of sovereignty.
Kathmandu Metropolitan City Mayor Bidhya Sundar Shakya hailed Pakistan for assisting Nepal in the medical and engineering education, and informed that talks were underway to set up sisterly relations between Kathmandu and Islamabad.
People from different walks of life attended the function.
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