75th Pakistan Day In UAE

Pak community celebrates National Day with fervour

By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, Mar 24, 2015

DUBAI: Community members from Pakistan in the UAE along with their brethren all over the world celebrated the 75th National Day of Pakistan with fervour in Pakistan’s embassy in Abu Dhabi and its consulate in Dubai on Monday.
The major function held in Abu Dhabi had Asif Durrani, Pakistan’s Ambassador in the UAE, as the chief guest while members from the community and others were also present to witness the hoisting of the national flag and presentation of official messages from the President and the Prime minister.Ambassador of Pakistan to UAE Asif Durrani and distinguished Expat Pakistanis cutting cake to commemorate the 75th Pakistan National Day at Pakistan Embassy Abu Dhabi on 23-03-2015
The ceremony began with the hoisting of the national flag and playing the national anthem, students from Pakistani schools and the expatriate Pakistani Christian community all sang together. Speaking on the occasion, the Ambassador welcomed the community members and recalled the great sacrifices rendered by Pakistan’s forefathers for the independence of the Muslims of South Asia.
He said, “Pakistan was both our identity and destiny.” He further pointed out that in its 68 years, Pakistan had witnessed many challenges and measured up to each one with resilience and resolve. In this context, he also mentioned the success of the ongoing operation Zarb-e-Azb in the light of the latest terrorist attack on a Peshawar school.
Recalling the historic struggle of the Muslims of South Asia for a separate homeland under the dynamic leadership of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the community was urged to play their role with dedication and commitment to make Pakistan a stronger and prosperous country.
Highlighting the fraternal bonds between Pakistan and UAE, Ambassador Durrani expressed satisfaction over the existing level of bilateral relations and said that under the present leadership of both countries, the relations would be further strengthened.
A large number of community members residing in Dubai, Sharjah and Ajman were part of the celebration in the consulate in Dubai, members from all walks of life attended the ceremony.
The ceremony began with recitation of verses from the Holy Quran while the Consul General, Javed Jalil Khattak, hoisted the national flag at the consulate’s premises and the national anthem was read by the whole gathering. He read the messages from the President and Prime Minister of Pakistan to the audience.
In his address, the Consul General recalled the great sacrifices rendered by Pakistan’s forefathers for a separate homeland.
He said that Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the Founding Father of the Nation, envisioned a country where Muslims could lead their lives according to their own values and traditions, while the non-Muslims would also be free to practice their own religion.
Khattak stressed upon forging unity among the rank and file of the Pakistani community and mentioned that the Pakistani nation had witnessed many challenges and measured up to each one with resilience and resolve.
He extended his warmest felicitations to the Pakistani community residing in the Emirates and urged them to work tirelessly for the progress and development of the UAE.
“Every community member in the UAE has the responsibility to spread the message of unity and support Pakistan through their gestures as a long journey is ahead to make the country prosperous,” he added.
As part of the tradition, prominent community members along with the Consul General cut a huge cake to commemorate the 75th National Day.
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~ by jamilkhan on March 24, 2015.

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