PAK­ISTAN IN­DE­PEN­DENCE DAY SPE­CIAL FEA­TURE

Muscat Daily - - FRONT PAGE - Pak­istan Zind­abad!

It is priv­i­lege to fe­lic­i­tate to 272,000 Pak­ista­nis in Oman for 70th An­niver­sary of In­de­pen­dence of Pak­istan. Au­gust 14th is a cul­mi­na­tion of a his­toric po­lit­i­cal, le­gal and demo­cratic strug­gle for a sov­er­eign State for Mus­lims of Bri­tish In­dia.

On this day, ‘Fa­ther of Na­tion’ Mo­ham­mad Ali Jin­nah, a renowned lawyer and undis­puted leader of our free­dom move­ment, trans­lated the col­lec­tive as­pi­ra­tions of ma­jor­ity of Mus­lims in Bri­tish In­dia and es­tab­lished State of Pak­istan..

Pak­istan was con­ceived when Poet, Au­thor, Lawyer and Philoso­pher Dr Al­lama Iqbal, in­tro­duced its con­cept in the All In­dia Mus­lim League 1930 Ses­sion. Pak­istan is thus con­sid­ered as ‘Iqbal’s Dream’ re­ceiv­ing a eu­phor­i­cally mam­moth en­dorse­ment in Lahore Res­o­lu­tion of 1940 whereas Iqbal, knighted by King Ge­orge V in 1922, had passed away in 1938. Pak­istan Move­ment (1930~1947) wit­nessed great sac­ri­fices ren­dered by our fore­fa­thers for pre­serv­ing our free­dom.

Pak­istan is world’s first ide­o­log­i­cal State born from as­pi­ra­tions for equal­ity and so­cial jus­tice, free­doms and lib­er­ties in­clud­ing free­dom to adopt any faith and equal treat­ment for mi- nori­ties. It is the only State in the world whose na­tional flag is split into green rep­re­sent­ing Is­lam and white rep­re­sent­ing other faiths.

Here, I would also thank our Omani brethren for the un­con­di­tional love and friend­ship, guided by the high­est vi­sion from His Majesty Sul­tan Qa­boos Bin Said. May Al­lah grant him ev­er­last­ing health and hap­pi­ness and con­tin­ued peace and pros­per­ity for our Omani brothers and sis­ters. Amen!

Pak-Oman bi­lat­eral re­la­tions can nei­ther be mea­sured nor fath­omed an­a­lyz­ing trade num­bers for they are deeply rooted in unique bonds of affin­ity and kin­ship. Only our two na­tions un­der­stand their depth and di­men­sion.

How­ever, high and sus­tained tra­jec­tory of bi­lat­eral Po­lit­i­cal and Par­lia­men­tary ex­changes and the best per­for­mance year for ‘Pak Oman In­vest­ment Com­pany’ dur­ing 2016-17, since its es­tab­lish­ment in 2001 as a tan­gi­ble con­se­quence of His Majesty’s his­toric visit to Pak­istan, stand to tes­tify facts.

Hav­ing served as Am­bas­sador of Pak­istan now for one year, I ex­press my deep­est ap­pre­ci­a­tion for Pak­istani com­mu­nity in Oman, ranked 5th world­wide, for its im­mense con­tri­bu­tions and sup­port to­wards un­prece­dented ini­tia­tives in­clud­ing ‘ What­sApp Broad­cast’ (+968 9198~0458) with 14,000 sub­scribers (4,000 await­ing ad­di­tion) since Jan­uary 2017 and e-mail Bank with 11,000 mem­bers.

It is thus my hon­our to an­nounce ini­tia­tive from our com­mu­nity to es­tab­lish a web­site (and In­sta­gram) ti­tled ‘Young Pak­istan Fo­rum’ (www.YPFO.pk – www.young­pak­istan­fo­rum.pk) to show­case the tal­ents and bril­liance of our youth in Oman and act as a bridge be­tween our great na­tions.

I would close with ex­press­ing grat­i­tude to Almighty Al­lah for be­stow­ing upon us His great­est bless­ing in form of Pak­istan and re­ward­ing us with sin­cere friends like Oman. I also thank all those who have lent sup­port to this sup­ple­ment.

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