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Pakistan Day celebrated with traditional fervour


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Embassy of Pakistan, Abu Dhabi held a reception to commemorate the National Day of Pakistan. A large number of diplomatic corps, officials of the UAE, prominent business individuals and Pakistani community residing in the UAE participated in the event. His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Member of the Cabinet and the Minister of Tolerance, also graced the event.  Important highlights of the reception included photo exhibition of artwork by Jimmy Engineer, violin performance by Ustad Rais, and presentation of poem titled “Pakistan” by Haniya Rais Tirmizi. In his address, Ambassador Faisal Niaz Tirmizi, highlighted the significance of Pakistan’s national day as it laid the foundation of a separate homeland for the Muslims of the sub-continent. The day also marked a long and arduous struggle for the creation of Pakistan in 1947 and later for nation building and socio-economic development.  

Ambassador Tirmizi said we feel proud that today’s Pakistan represented many success stories in the field of science and technology, art, medicine, and philanthropy. Pakistan has also been able to evolve imperviable defense from all external and internal threats. Today’s Pakistan is strong, confident, moderate and ready to face all challenges.

The Ambassador also highlighted that Pakistan presented tremendous opportunities. For example, ease of doing business has improved 39 notches; tele density is amongst the highest in the region; Pakistan is leading Central and Southern Asia region in Global Innovation; social protection measures taken by Pakistan have been lauded and acknowledged worldwide. The Ambassador stressed on capitalizing potential of Pakistan’s youth and its geo-economic location with the support of friends of Pakistan and partner in its socio-economic development.

Meanwhile, a large number of diplomats, government officials, and members of the Pakistani community gathered to celebrate Pakistan Day at the National Day Reception organised by the Consulate General of Pakistan in Dubai on Monday. The event commenced with a performance by the Dubai Police band, playing the national anthems of Pakistan and the UAE, followed by Pakistani national songs. During the event, the Consul-General of Pakistan in Dubai, Hassan Afzal Khan, addressed the audience and highlighted that Pakistan Day is celebrated every year on 23rd March to commemorate the Lahore Resolution, which is considered a significant milestone in the journey of Muslims to achieve an independent state.

He further explained that on 23rd March 1940, the Muslims of the sub-continent, under the visionary leadership of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, father of the nation, adopted the ‘Pakistan Resolution’ at Lahore and began their journey towards freedom and nationhood. He expressed his gratitude to the diplomatic community and UAE government officials for joining the Pakistani community in celebrating Pakistan Resolution Day. The Consul-General also paid tribute to the forefathers of Pakistan for their struggles and sacrifices in creating their beautiful homeland. He announced that the celebrations would continue until 23rd March and informed the audience that two flag hoisting ceremonies would be held on that day, one at the Consulate General and the other at the Pakistan Embassy in Abu Dhabi, as per a press release by the Consulate General of Pakistan, Dubai.

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