Pakistan Day commemorated at Pakistan’s missions globally

ISLAMABAD (APP): The embassies and high commissions of Pakistan across the world commemorated the Pakistan Day on Wednesday at special ceremonies marking the flag-hoisting, cake cutting as well as the photo exhibitions.
At the ceremonies, the respective ambassadors and high commissioners hoisted the national flag and also read out the messages of Prime Minister Imran Khan and President Dr Arif Alvi on the occasion. Special supplements were published in leading English newspapers in different countries.
In his address, Pakistan’s Ambassador to Tokyo Imtiaz Ahmad said Pakistan had been achieved after rendering innumerable sacrifices, hence, it was imperative upon all Pakistanis to strive for promoting peace, progress, and unity in the country. A special photo exhibition to mark the Pakistan Day was also held.
Later, a ceremony was held to launch a commemorative song prepared by the embassy in collaboration with the Pakistani community to mark 70 years of friendship between Pakistan and Japan.
Pakistan‘s Embassy in Kabul also hosted a Pakistan Day ceremony attended by a larger number of Pakistanis as well as Afghans. Ambassador Mansoor Ahmad Khan, in his address, stressed that Pakistanis should understand the value of independence and make efforts to make Pakistan a stabilized country where their future generation could spend a happy life.
The flag hoisting and cake cutting ceremonies were also organized by Pakistan’s embassies in Qatar, China, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Ireland, Belgium, Austria, United Arab Emirates, France, Cambodia, Vietnam and Azerbaijan.
As per the tradition, the Royal Church Westminster Abbey organized a Special Evensong to mark the 82nd Pakistan Day.
Dr Faisal Aziz Ahmed, Charge de’affaires, together with the officers of the High Commission, represented Pakistan at the Special Service. The Evensong was sung by the world-renowned Choir of Westminster Abbey. A large number of British citizens and churchgoers attended the event, besides the High Commission’s officials. Pakistan’s flag kept flying for the whole day on the north tower of Westminster Abbey, which remained the focus of attention of the tourists who gather around the iconic church every day from across the world.
Nation celebrates 82nd Pakistan Day with patriotic spirit: Nation celebrated 82nd Pakistan Day on Wednesday with a resound commitment to ensure progress, prosperity and a strong defense of the country. The day observed to commemorate the passage of historic Lahore Resolution on 23rd March in 1940, under which Muslims of the sub-continent set the agenda of a separate homeland for themselves.
The day dawned with thirty-one-gun salute in the federal capital and twenty-one-gun salute in provincial capitals. Special prayers were offered in mosques after Fajar prayers for progress and prosperity of the country.
The spectacular and colorful Pakistan Day Military parade was held at Parade Avenue in Islamabad with three wings of the armed forces displaying their professionalism and military prowess.
The impressive ceremony kicked off with the fly past of fighter jets of Pakistan Air Force and Pakistan Navy led by Air Chief Zaheer Ahmad Babar presenting salute to the chief guest President Dr. Arif Alvi.
Formations of fighter jets including J-10C, F-16, Mirage and P-3C participated in the fly past. Contingents of Pakistan Army, Navy, Pakistan Air Force, Special Services Groups, Frontier Corps, Rangers, Islamabad police marched past the dais presenting salute to the chief guest.
The participants of the 48thOIC-CFM including Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi were special guests of the Pakistan Day parade.
The Theme of this year’s Pakistan Day was “Shaad Rahy Pakistan”.
President Dr Arif Alvi in his address at the Pakistan Day Parade said “I want to make it clear to the enemy that Pakistan will never compromise on its sovereignty as the nation and its armed forces are ready to thwart any aggression”.
Minister for Interior Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed In his special message said the dream of the founders of Pakistan for an Islamic and welfare state would certainly materialize.
Minister for Information Chaudhry Fawad Hussain in a message said the secret of Pakistan’s development and stability was democracy as democratic norms and traditions promoted tolerance, harmony and tolerance in a society.
Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, Farrukh Habib congratulated the entire nation on Pakistan Day in a tweet and said March 23, 1940 was a day of making the Muslims emotionally prepared for the realization of their dream.