CELEBRATING PAKISTAN’S INDEPENDENCE DAY
On August 14, the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in Beijing held a ceremony to celebrate Pakistan’s 72nd Independence Day. With the raising of the national flag, attendees honoured the people who sacrificed their lives during the struggle for the nation’s independence, especially Muhammad Ali Jannah (1876–1948), whose ideals of a Muslim state in South Asia came true in 1947.
Attendees recited verses from the Koran at the event. Pakistan’s Ambassador to China Masood Khalid raised the national flag while their national anthem was playing. The ambassador read letters from Pakistan’s president and prime minister. According to the letter from the president, the purpose of celebrating Pakistan’s National Day is to educate Pakistani people, and especially the next generation, regarding the nation’s goals and to encourage people to work hard reach them. He believes Pakistani people can achieve their national development ambitions and revitalise their glorious history as long as they focus on their national interests.
According to the letter from Pakistan’s prime minister, Pakistan has the blessings of nature; from its ideal geographical location to its talented and progressive youth, the nation has all the factors it needs to become a successful country in the world. Following the ideals of Jannah, observing unity and faith were said to be able to help Pakistan overcome current challenges, so it can become a selfreliant, vibrant and prosperous country.
Ambassador Masood Khalid delivered a speech to the Pakistani community and extended his congratulations. He encouraged them to take pride in being citizens of an independent country. He pointed out that Pakistan had recently succeeded in completing a political transition and stressed the importance of China-pakistan relations, calling the China-pakistan Economic Corridor, “a beacon of prosperity and an important part of a shared future.” Finally, Pakistani children sang the national anthem and cut a cake to celebrate their Independence Day.