Pakistan Day celebrated with zeal and fervour at Pakistan High Commission London

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LONDON, Mar 23 (APP):The Pakistan Day was marked with zeal and fervour by flag hoisting ceremony at a simple but and impressive ceremony here at the Pakistan High Commission London on Saturday.
A large number of people including Mayors, Councillors, community
leaders, members of Pakistani diaspora, British friends of Pakistan
and representatives of media attended the ceremony.
High Commissioner, Mohammad Nafees Zakaria, hoisted the national flag on the tunes of National Anthem.
The messages of the President Dr. Arif Alvi and
the Prime Minister Imran Khan were read out on the
occasion.
The High Commissioner, in his address to the
community, she light on the importance of Pakistan Day.
He paid glowing tributes to the Quaid-i-Azam,
Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Dr. Allama Mohammad Iqbal and
other founding fathers, who, through their unwavering
resolve and visionary leadership brought the Muslims of
the sub-continent at one platform and created a separate
homeland for them.
On this occasion, the High Commissioner also paid
homage to the Martyrs of New Zealand terrorist attack;
condemned the heinous act; expressed solidarity with the
government and people of New Zealand; and sympathised
with the bereaved families.
Giving an overview of the state of affairs of
Pakistan, the High Commissioner said:
“Pakistan is faced with many internal and
external challenges and psychological warfare waged by
our enemies but we need to remain steadfast in the face
of the challenges to achieve the objectives of country’s
progress and prosperity for our people. We have
successfully overcome the security challenges for which I
commend our security forces and resilient people of
Pakistan for their selfless sacrifices”, Zakaria said.
He said, “The Government has embarked on very
prudent economic policies and successfully dealt with the
immediate balance of payments challenge with friendly
countries’ support. Pakistan is on the move and destined
to achieve its rightful place at the world stage as an
economic power”.
“Pakistan’s narrative about regional peace and
economic development has wider acceptance on the
international level”, he remarked.
The High Commissioner on the occasion reiterated
Pakistan’s political, on moral and diplomatic support for
the Kashmiris.
He said the international community should
see Pulwama incident from perspective of atrocities
perpetrated by Indian occupation forces blatantly with
impunity for a very long period.
He invited attention to the outstanding dispute
of Kashmir which needs to be resolved peacefully for the
durable peace in the region.
Mr Zakaria underlined that the statesmanship of
Prime Minister Imran Khan and his peace initiative after
Pulwama incident and Indian aggression, was widely
appreciated by the international community.
He also lauded the bravery of the armed forces of
Pakistan in responding to the Indian act of aggression.
Mr Zakaria commended the role of British
Pakistanis in the progress and prosperity of the UK as
well as Pakistan.
The High Commissioner thanked them for their
unwavering peaceful moral support to the Kashmir cause.
He shared with the community members that E-Visa
service for business persons and tourists from the UK has
been started from March 22, which would help
promote tourism and investment in Pakistan.
On Pakistan-UK relations, the High Commissioner
underscore the importance of deep rooted bilateral ties,
and informed that constant stream of high level visits
from the UK to Pakistan is another manifestation of our
mutually beneficial relations.
He informed that more high level visits would
take place in near future which would help further
strengthening the bilateral cordial relations between
Pakistan and the UK.
At the event, local singers, Sohail Salamat and
Sarah Peters, sang the popular national songs and
thrilled the audience.
Mr Zakaria encouraged children’s participation in
the national day occasions. The High Commissioner along
with other community members, cut the special cake
prepared for the occasion.
Similar events were held at other four Consulates
of Pakistan in Birmingham, Bradford, Glasgow and
Manchester.