Pak­istan Em­bassy cel­e­brated In­de­pen­dence Day

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On oc­ca­sion of the 70th In­de­pen­dence Day of Pak­istan, the Em­bassy of Pak­istan, and Pak­istan–Nepal Friend­ship and Cul­tural As­so­ci­a­tion or­ga­nized a re­cep­tion/talk pro­gramme on 14 Au­gust. Vice Pres­i­dent and chief guest of the func­tion Nanda Ba­hadur Pun said that Pak­istan has been a true friend of Nepal. He men­tioned that Pak­istan's in­stan­ta­neous hu­man­i­tar­ian sup­port to Nepal dur­ing the dev­as­tat­ing earth­quake last year is an il­lus­tri­ous ex­am­ple for friend­ship. The pro­gramme was well at­tended by em­i­nent politi­cians, Chief of Nepal Army, Nepalese in­tel­li­gentsia, jour­nal­ists and di­plo­matic corps in Kath­mandu. Prom­i­nent speak­ers in­cluded rep­re­sen­ta­tives of main stream po­lit­i­cal par­ties; Pumpha Bhusal of the Maoist Cen­tre, Bharat Mo­han Ad­hikari of the CPN-UML, CP Mi­nali of CPN-ML, Dhamen­dra Bas­tola of CPN-M, Hi­malya Shamshar Rana, Pres­i­dent Nepal-Pak­istan Friend­ship and Cul­tural As­so­ci­a­tion and Mazhar Javed, Am­bas­sador of Pak­istan. Speak­ers am­ply high­lighted that Nepal–Pak­istan re­la­tions are based on mu­tual trust and re­spect for each other and these are the strong­est foun­da­tions that any two coun­tries can have in their bi­lat­eral re­la­tion­ship. Pam­pha Bhusal, spokesper­son of rul­ing CPN-Maoist Cen­tre said that Pak­istan's gains in the field of science and tech­nol­ogy were worth em­u­lat­ing. She also con­veyed a mes­sage of fe­lic­i­ta­tions on be­half of Prime Min­is­ter Pushpa Ka­mal Dhal. Am­bas­sador Mazhar Javed, noted that Nepal as very im­por­tant na­tion for Pak­istan to boost re­gional de­vel­op­ment and in­ter­de­pen­dency. He said thatthough we do not di­rectly share bor­ders with Nepal but we have strong sen­ti­men­tal bonds. The two na­tions should come to­gether for re­gional peace and pros­per­ity. Quot­ing Pak­istan's Quaid-e- Azam Muham­mad Ali Jin­nah's adage, our ob­jec­tive should be peace within and peace with­out.Nepal-Pak­istan re­la­tions have been marked by mu­tual con­fi­dence, non­in­ter­fer­ence, trust, re­gional de­vel­op­ment and sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment.He also said that Prime Min­is­ter of Pak­istan Muham­mad Nawaz Sharif has ded­i­cated this In­de­pen­dence Day to the peo­ple of In­dian Oc­cu­pied Kash­mir who are bravely fac­ing state op­pres­sion to keep the spirit of free­dom alive.

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