Pakistani expats celebrate 69th I-Day

By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

THOUSANDS of community members from different walks of life gathered to attend the ceremonies at Pakistan missions in Abu Dhabi and Dubai to mark the country’s 69th Independence Day with national zeal and enthusiasm on Friday.
Community members from businessmen to professionals, blue collar workers to housewives and students were part of the event. They witnessed the flag hoisting and listened to the message from the president and prime minister on the occasion.
Ceremonies at both venues – the Pakistan Embassy in Abu Dhabi and Consulate in Dubai – began with recitation of verses from the Holy Quran early on Friday.
In Abu Dhabi, Asif Durrani, Ambassador of Pakistan, hoisted the national flag in the presence of prominent community members. Independence Day messages from Mamnoon Hussain, President of Pakistan and Nawaz Sharif, the country’s Prime Minister, were read out.
In his address, Ambassador Durrani, while felicitating the Pakistanis on this auspicious occasion, recalled the great sacrifices rendered by the forefathers 69 years ago for a separate homeland. He urged the community to stand united against extremist elements. In this regard, he lauded the role and sacrifices being rendered by the armed forces and law enforcement agencies of Pakistan. He said that the whole nation is united against dark forces of extremism.
Referring to the role of the Pakistani community in the UAE, Durrani appreciated their contribution in the development of the country. He particularly appreciated the UAE leadership’s special affiliation towards Pakistan and said that the leaders of the two countries were keen on further strengthening bilateral relations.
On the occasion, the Ambassador announced an online facility introduced by NADRA for Pakistanis living in the UAE to renew their ID cards online. The Ambassador also urged those Pakistanis who still have manual passports to acquire Machine Readable Passports at the earliest as they will not be able to travel on manual passports after November, 2015.
Another ceremony was held at 8am in the premises of the Pakistan Consulate in Dubai. Javed Jalil Khattak, Consul General, hoisted the national flag while the national anthem was sung. He read out messages from the President and Prime Minister of Pakistan to the audience.
Extending warm felicitations on this occasion, Consul General Javed Jalil Khattak recounted the arduous struggle for achievement of independence under the visionary leadership of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. He paid homage to the Founding Father of the Nation, his co-workers and the freedom fighters whose enormous sacrifices made it possible to realise the dream of an independent state for the Muslims of the sub-continent.
Javed Khattak said that the country had come a long way despite enormous challenges, and was a proud member of the comity of nations and an active participant in contributing to international peace and security. Paying tribute to the present leadership, he said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s determined resolve had succeeded in combating the evil forces of extremism and terrorism within the country as well as external threats.
Highlighting Pakistan’s achievements on the economic front, the Consul General said that the impressive economic progress of Pakistan had been substantiated by the reports of various reputed international rating agencies and international financial institutions i.e. IMF, World Bank. “Pursuance of a vibrant development agenda by the government, China-Pakistan Economic Corridor worth US$ 46 billion is substantiation,” he added.
He opined that the economic corridor project was destined to reshape not only Pakistan’s economy but would have a positive impact on the development of the entire region. He called for fostering unity for development of the country and inculcating a profound sense of solidarity.
Khattak commended the Pakistani community for their contribution in the progress and development of the United Arab Emirates. He 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.
As part of the tradition, cake-cutting ceremonies were also held at both places to commemorate the Independence Day.
– Published in The Gulf Today-Sharjah | Aug 15, 2015

~ by jamilkhan on August 17, 2015.

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