Islamabad, March 23, 2013 (PPI-OT): The 73rd National Day of Pakistan was celebrated with national zeal and fervour at the premises of the Embassy of Pakistan, Abu Dhabi, says a press release received here today from Abu Dhabi.
The ceremony, attended by a large number of Pakistani community, was inaugurated with playing of National Anthem and flag hoisting by Ambassador Jamil Ahmed Khan. After recitation from the Holy Quran, National Day messages of the President and the Prime Minister of Pakistan were read out.
Speaking on the occasion, Ambassador Jamil Ahmed Khan said that 23rd March reminds us of the valiant struggle and firm resolve of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and the Muslims of the subcontinent in search of a separate homeland where they could fashion their lives according to their own beliefs and culture. He added that this day signifies a truly historic milestone in our nation’s quest for Independence.
Ambassador Jamil Ahmed Khan further said that since independence, Pakistani nation has been confronted with many challenges, but has always risen to the occasion and successfully overcome adversity by demonstrating patriotism, steadfastness, unwavering faith and resilience. He urged the members of Pakistani community to play their role with dedication and commitment to make Pakistan a stronger and prosperous country.
He also said that democracy, in its true spirit, is present in Pakistan and it was the first time that the democratic government has completed its 5 years term and political power will be transferred to the new democratic leadership in a few months.
Speaking about Pakistan-UAE relations, Ambassador Jamil Ahmed Khan expressed his delight at the upward trajectory of the bilateral relations and said that the leadership of the two countries had laid a strong foundation of the bilateral relations in 1971 which, ever since, have been growing from strength to strength.
Children from Pakistani schools and choir of Church of Pakistan, Abu Dhabi, played national songs. Performance of the children on popular national songs which electrified the national sentiments of the people.
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