Written By: Hilal Foreign Desk
The National Day of Pakistan was celebrated with great spirit and fervor at the Embassy of Pakistan, Beijing in a ceremony to mark the passing of Pakistan Resolution on March 23, 1940.
The Pakistan Day ceremony commenced with the recitation of verses from the Holy Quran. Ambassador of Pakistan Masood Khalid raised the national flag and hoisted it to the mast’s summit with the accompaniment of invigorating tune of the national anthem.
The Ambassador read out messages from the President and Prime Minister of Pakistan. He urged the Pakistani community to unite in order to achieve the national objectives. He also urged the Pakistani community to bring honour to the country and realize the dreams of the founding fathers to attain glory for Pakistan.
He highlighted the importance of Pakistan-China friendship and said that both countries share the same dream of development, peace and security in the region. He further stated that the bond of friendship between Pakistan and China has withstood the test of time through mutual trust and support.
Students from Pakistan Embassy College, Beijing presented national songs. The ceremony was attended by Pakistani community in China. Similar flag hoisting ceremonies were also held at Pakistani Consulates in Chengdu, Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Shanghai. In order to celebrate the occasion, a Grand National Day Reception was also held by the Embassy in the evening at a local hotel. Minister for Agriculture and Rural Affairs Mr. Han Changfu was the chief guest. A large number of guests including officials from various Ministries of Government of China, representatives of think tanks, educational and cultural institutions, People’s Liberation Army, diplomats, military attachés and the Pakistani community participated. The event highlighted significance of the Pakistan Day and the cultural diversity of Pakistan.
A large number of distinguished guests participated in the reception hosted by Pakistan’s Ambassador to Turkey Muhammad Syrus Sajjad Qazi in Ankara on 23rd March as part of the National Day celebrations. Senior Turkish civil and military leadership, leading businessmen, media representatives, Pakistani community, and diplomats based in Turkey attended “Pakistan Day” reception.
Guests of honour included Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey Dr. Recep Akdağ, Chief of Turkish General Staff General Hulusi Akar, Minister for National Defence Mr. Nurettin Canikli, Commander of Turkish Land Forces General Yaşar Güler, Commander of Turkish Air Force General Hasan Küçükakyüz, Commander of Turkish Naval Forces Vice Admiral Adnan Özbal, Deputy Chief of Turkish General Staff General Umit Dundar, Chairman of Saadat Party Mr. Temel Karamollaoğlu, and Chairman of Grand Union Party Mr. Mustafa Destici.
Ambassador Syrus Qazi, in his welcome address said Pakistan-Turkey brotherhood has no parallel in inter-state relations. He termed it a heart-to-heart relationship that transcends boundaries of time and geography. The Ambassador thanked the Turkish Government for the participation of Turkish Armed Forces’ T-129 ATAK helicopters in Pakistan Day parade in Islamabad and for lighting the Bosphorus bridge in Pakistan’s colours on March 23. Minister for National Defence Mr. Nurettin Canikli referred to Pakistan and Turkey as true old friends and emphasized that the Turkish people believe that Pakistan will be on their side even in the most difficult days. The Minister pointed out that the two countries are facing similar challenges in their own geography and stressed on closer defence collaboration between the two brotherly countries.
The guests enjoyed variety of Pakistani cuisine in the specially prepared food stalls representing diverse cuisine from Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan, Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Kashmir.
Pakistan Day was celebrated at Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in Moscow on March 23, 2018 with traditional spirit and fervor. The event started with a flag hoisting at the embassy which was attended by all embassy staff and their families. A cake was cut by His Excellency Ambassador Qazi Khalilullah. Later in the evening a reception was organized in the embassy premises at the residence of the Ambassador. A large number of Russian dignitaries including Director of Second Asian Department (MoFA RF), Mr. Kabulov Zamir Nabievich, who was the chief guest, foreign diplomats/military and defence attachés, Russian thinks tanks, representatives of different Russian media houses and members of the Pakistani community in Russia attended the ceremony. National anthems of the Russian Federation and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan were played during the celebration.
Dr. Jumma Khan Marri, an ex Baloch sub-national leader, attended the event for the first time with full zeal and national spirit along with his followers residing in Russia. Dr. Jumma was very well received by the Ambassador, Pakistani community and the media houses. He appreciated the Ambassador of Pakistan for inviting him on Pakistan Day celebrations and congratulated the audience including the Pakistani community in Russia and Pakistan on celebration of Pakistan Day.
The festive day of 23rd March 2018 ended in Moscow with proud Pakistani pledging for renwed vigor and zeal to serve the motherland and further strengthened the Pak-Russia relations.
The 78th Pakistan Day was celebrated at the Embassy of Pakistan, Washington, with commendable fanfare and festivity. People from all walks of life including the U.S. State Department, Department of Defense, diplomats, foreign military attachés and members of Pakistani diaspora participated in the celebrations. The celebrations commenced with an elegant flag hoisting ceremony at the Embassy of Pakistan, heartwarming singing of the national anthem and reading of the messages by the President and Prime Minister on this historic day.
At the reception held in the evening, Ms. Lisa Curtis, Deputy Assistant to the U.S. President on South and Central Asia, was the guest of honour. She congratulated the people of Pakistan as well as Pakistani-Americans on this historic day, expressing her warm sentiments for the people of Pakistan and spoke about the historic U.S.-Pakistan friendship. She also underlined the need for both countries to work together in order to achieve their common interests. It is important to note that a large number of U.S. senators and congressmen had sent messages of felicitation on this occasion which were received with warmth as they were displayed during the reception ceremony.
Ambassador Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry congratulated Pakistanis all over the world, particularly in the USA. He also paid rich tribute to the founding fathers who had the vision and resolve to create a separate homeland for the Muslims of Sub-Continent. He highlighted the achievements of Pakistani nation over the years and expressed that the principles of the Pakistan Resolution should serve as a guiding light for the nation to overcome our current challenges. On Pakistan-U.S. relations, he too expressed that both countries should work together to achieve their common objectives. The cermony ended with echoes of Pakitsani songs and slogans enchanting the audience.
Pakistan Day has a special place in the hearts of all patriotic Pakistanis living in or outside Pakistan, and is celebrated every year across the globe with national spirit and fervor.
Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan was no exception where flag hoisting ceremony and reception was organized by Embassy of Pakistan in Amman, Jordan. The event was attended by people from all walks of life including members of Jordanian Parliament, leading political figures, senior leadership of Jordan armed forces/security forces, ambassadors, defence attachés, businessmen, Jordanian and Pakistani community.
Ambassador of Pakistan, Excellency Major General Junaid Rehmet (R) in his speech, apprised audience of historically deep rooted, time tested relations between Pakistan and Jordan. He also highlighted Indian atrocities in Kashmir and great sacrifices of Pakistan Armed Forces in the war on terror. Bilateral defence ties and close coordination between Pakistan and Jordan Armed Forces are the cornerstone of relations between both the states.
The National Day of Pakistan was celebrated with national spirit and great fervor at the Embassy of Pakistan, Cairo.
The March 23 Pakistan Day ceremony commenced with the recitation of verses from the Holy Quran. Ambassador of Pakistan, Mushtaq Ali Shah raised the national flag with the invigorating tune of the national anthem.
Messages of the President and Prime Minister of Pakistan were read. H.E the Ambassador highlighted the importance of the day and expressed his gratitude to the Pakistani diaspora in Egypt for their active participation in the event. Children from Pakistan International School in Cairo added colours to the event by performing to the national song.
In the evening a graceful reception was organized in a five star hotel which saw a large number of diplomats, members of Egyptian Armed Forces and Pakistani community who honoured the occasion with their presence. The Ambassador of Pakistan highlighted the importance of the day, contributions of Pakistan towards global peace and the strength of Pakistan-Egypt brotherly relations. The celebration was widely covered by Egyptian print and electronic media.
Flag hoisting ceremony marked the beginning of the Pakistan Day celebrations in Baghdad, Iraq. This was the first hoisting in Iraq since 2005. The ceremony was attended by prominent members of the Pakistani community in Iraq. The messages of the President and the Prime Minister were read out and prayers were offered for the security, peace and prosperity of Pakistan.
A reception was also arranged on the evening of 23rd March at a hotel in Baghdad despite fragile security situation. The function was attended by a wide cross section of Iraqi society including the academia, philanthropists, journalists, businessmen and representatives of various Ministries of Iraq as well as members of the Diplomatic Corps including Military and Defence attachés. Mr. Osama al-Nujaifi, the Vice President of the Republic of Iraq graced the occasion as the chief guest. While conveying his felicitations the Vice President emphasized the need for strengthening bilateral relations between Pakistan and Iraq in all fields of mutual interest.
Celebration of Pakistan Day shall go a long way in bolstering better ties with Iraq and other countries of the region.