National Day celebrated in France

APP48-23 PARIS: March 23 - Ambassador of Pakistan to France, Moin ul Haque, hoists flag on the occasion of the 78th Pakistan Day ceremony at the embassy of Pakistan. APP

ISLAMABAD, March 23 (APP):A flag hoisting ceremony was held at the Embassy of Pakistan in France, Paris to commemorate the Pakistan Day with zeal and fervor.
The ceremony was attended by members of the Pakistani community, officers of the missions and their families and media persons in large number, a message received here on Friday said.
The ceremony started with recitation from the Holy Quran. Moin ul Haque, Ambassador of Pakistan to France performed the flag hoisting ceremony. The messages of president and prime minister were read out on this occasion.
Addressing the ceremony, the ambassador congratulated the members of the Pakistani community and paid tributes to Father of the Nation and other national leaders of the Pakistan Movement, who with their untiring efforts and immense sacrifices carved a separate homeland for the Muslims of the sub-continent.
He said today Pakistan stands amongst the community of nations as an important country with strong democratic institutions, a fast growing economy, independent judiciary, and free media.
He thanked the Pakistani community in France for their constructive role in projecting Pakistan’s positive image.
He said while our forefathers gave sacrifices to attain a homeland for us, it is our collective responsibility to make Pakistan a strong, peace loving and prosperous country for our future generations.
Later in the evening, the ambassador hosted a diplomatic reception to mark the Pakistan Day. French members of the parliament, high ranking civil and military officials, intellectuals, scholars and foreign diplomats in France attended the reception in large number.