Islamabad: The 65th Pakistan Independence Day was celebrated in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with great zeal and fervour today. Various functions were held in the main cities of the Kingdom, says a press release received here today from Jeddah.
The start of the day was solemnized with the recitation from the Holy Quran and flag hosting ceremonies simultaneously at Pakistan Embassy in Riyadh and the Consulate General in Jeddah. H.E the Ambassador Mr. Muhammad Naeem Khan unfurled the national flag at a largely attended function held in the Embassy at Riyadh. People from all walks of life witnessed the ceremony, Message of the President and Prime Minster were read out.
The Ambassador in his address, while congratulating the Pakistani community in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, said that today was the day to thank Allah for blessing us with Independence and the most beautiful piece of land having diversity of weathers and terrains. He said that Pakistan came into being on 14th August 1947 after a long struggle and the day remind us of the historical scarifies by our forefathers for a separate homeland. He said that now, it was our responsibility to make Pakistan an enlightened, tolerant, progressive and welfare state.
The Ambassador said that the challenges that we were facing today demanded from us to remain united and forget all regional and ethnic differences and to utilize our energies in transforming Pakistan into a modern democratic state.
He said that the valiant struggle waged by Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto culminated in restoration of democracy in Pakistan and today, despite domestic problems and unfavourable global economic recession our country was progressing under the leadership of Pakistan People’s Party.
The Ambassador said that Pakistan and Saudi Arabia enjoy excellent brotherly relations and Islam binds them into inseparable bonds of fraternity. He said that beside excellent relations in other sphere of life, economic relations continue to show a robust trend. He said that recent visit by the President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yusuf
Raza Gilani to the Kingdom and their meeting with the Khadim Al Haramain Al Sharifain King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz further enhanced understanding between the leadership of the two countries on regional and international issues.
He congratulated the Pakistan community and urged them to play their role in further strengthening relations between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. The Consul General Mr. Abdul Salik Khan in his address said that the creation of Pakistan was great triumph for the Muslims of South Asian subcontinent.
He said that Pakistan today was facing challenges on many fronts, nevertheless it has achieved encouraging milestones. He said that the passage of 18th and 19th constitutional amendments, National Finance Commission (NFC) Award, empowering of parliament and other state institutions and Balochistan initiative have strengthened the fabric of ‘democracy’ and ‘nationhood’ in our country.
The Consul General said that the Government has been pursuing a policy of reconciliation to promote political and economic stability in the country and it truly believes in continuity and consistency of policies of good governance, moderation and creation of an enabling environment for investment and trade, by extending all out facilities to foreign investors with full repatriation of capital gains, dividends and profits.
The Consul General said that Pakistan and Saudi Arabia continue to enjoy strong and close brotherly relations. He congratulated the Pakistani community living in the Kingdom and particularly in the Western Region, which has been supportive of our efforts in making a worthwhile contribution in strengthening Pakistan-Saudi Arabia relations.
He urged the Pakistanis residing in Saudi Arabia to dedicatedly work towards the economic and social development of the Kingdom and use their influence and energies to further strengthen and deepen strategic relationship between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.
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