CEL­E­BRAT­ING PAK­ISTAN’S IN­DE­PEN­DENCE DAY

Beijing (English) - - INFO -

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.

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