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Independence Day celebrations at the Pakistan High Commission in United Kingdom

Islamabad: Pakistan High Commissioner to the UK Wajid Shamsul Hasan has said that the three Pakistani young men who scarified their lives during the recent riots in Birmingham, and their families have set an example of tolerance and proved peaceful nature of Pakistani community. They saved Britain from plunging further into communal riots by exercising restraint and calm, as the fathers of martyred men appealed to the community to remain calm, says a press release received from London here today.

The High Commissioner tributed the families on the occasion of flag hoisting ceremony at the Pakistan High Commission London, held in connection with 65th Pakistan Independence Day. Pakistan Consulte in Birmingham also dedicated celebrations to victims of riots.

With a note of deep emotions, High Commissioner said that “today I am proud to represent Pakistani community, as a community which has proved that it is peaceful and believes in cohesion and well being of the country they live in”. The High Commissioner said that ‘I dedicate today’s event to those Pakistanis who laid their lives instead of taking up to retaliation and to their families who appealed for calm instead of revenge in the greater interest of the society’.

He said that this is precisely the spirit that should prevail among people of Pakistan as the country was founded through democratic process based on values of of peace and tolerance. He said that all of us must look back to the ideals of founding father and learn to live with harmony for the sake of progress of Pakistan. One minute silence was also observed in respect of the martyrs.

Referring to the Pakistan-UK relations the High Commissioner said that the two countries were heading towards much deeper and wider cooperation in various fields that constitute areas of interest in the strategic dialogues that has now evolved into enhanced strategic dialogues and encompasses security, trade and commerce; education and social sector development.

Earlier the messages of President and the prime Minister of Pakistan were read out by two the officers of the High Commission Mr. Awais Ahmed Khan and Mr. Raheel Tariq respectively.

Ms. Erum Gilani presented national songs accompanied by the children of Pakistan High Commission and Allama Iqbal’s famous Dua ‘Lab Pe Ati Hay Dua’was also rendered on the occasion and dedicated to the Pakistani victims of Birmingham riots.

Mrs. Zarina Wajid Hasan wife of the High Commissioner Wajid Shamsul Hasan distributed gifts among young children. A large number of Pakistani community participated in the event.

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