Independence Day

Pak expats celebrate nation’s 68th I-Day

By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, Aug 15, 2014
JAMIL-Pakistan-iDay-1DUBAI: The Pakistani community in the UAE has celebrated the country’s 68th Independence Day with national zeal.
People from different walks of life gathered along with their countrymen in Pakistan and all over the world to commemorate the day.
As part of the official flag hoisting ceremonies held in the Pakistan Embassy in Abu Dhabi and Consulate in Dubai on Thursday morning, children and community members in national attire expressed their patriotism to vow for the support of the Pakistan armed forces engaged on many fronts to keep the country’s defence intact.
In Abu Dhabi, Asif Durrani, Ambassador of Pakistan, hoisted the national flag at a ceremony in the premises, and read out the Independence Day messages of President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in front of the community members.
The audience was entertained with a special performance of patriotic songs and anthems by a group of community members.
In his address, Durrani recalled the great sacrifices rendered by our forefathers for a separate homeland. “Pakistan was both our identity and destiny. In the last 68 years, the Pakistani nation had witnessed many challenges and measured up to each one with resilience and resolve,” he said.
In this context, he also mentioned the success of the ongoing army operation Zarb-e-Azb in Northern Waziristan as well as remarkable improvements in key economic indicators.
Mentioning the role of the Pakistani community in UAE, Ambassador said that their presence in large numbers was a sign of strong friendly relations between Pakistan and the UAE.
“The UAE is a time-tested friend that stands shoulder to shoulder by Pakistan in every moment of trial. The UAE leadership’s special affiliation towards Pakistan and the leaders of the two countries engage on strengthening bilateral relations,” he added.
Durrani lauded the role of the Pakistani community in strengthening the national economy and improving ties.
He emphasised to the community members to work tirelessly for the progress and development of the UAE and continue to abide by local norms under all circumstances. He also appealed to the community to expend efforts in educating future generations and to move forward in life with unity and discipline in their ranks.
The ceremony concluded with Ambassador Durrani cutting a large cake commemorating the Independence Day.
Likewise, Javed Jalil Khattak, Consul General, led the official ceremony in Dubai and read out the messages in front of officials and a large number of community members attended the ceremony early in the morning.
Khattak recalled the excellent fraternal relations between Pakistan and the UAE and stated that the two countries have always stood by each other.
He expressed his gratitude to the UAE leadership for their consistent support to the people of Pakistan.
He hoped that Pakistan’s relations with the UAE would continue to grow from strength to strength under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Mohammed Nawaz Sharif, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
Community members who attended the ceremony included businessmen, professionals, students as well as housewives.
Children dressed up in different national attire attracted media attention and also performed to the national songs to show their patriotism for the country.
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~ by jamilkhan on August 15, 2014.

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