Islamabad, March 23, 2013 (PPI-OT): March 23 will ever remain a landmark day in our struggle for a separate homeland. Our elders offered great sacrifices for creation of this homeland for us. The road to success may be paved with hardships and disappointment but we should never give up hope. We should never forget where from we started our journey as a new nation and where we stand today. Pakistan occupies a respectable status in the comity of nations.
This was stated by the Ambassador of Pakistan to Indonesia, Sanaullah during the flag hoisting ceremony at the Pakistan Embassy to mark the 73rd anniversary of National Day of Pakistan.
According to a press release received from Jakarta, the Ambassador said despite problems and challenges, largely created due to the war on terror and external factors, the Pakistani nation has exhibited tremendous resilience. Today we stand at a much better position as compared to the time of Independence. This is no mean achievement when seen against the backdrop of external and internal issues facing Pakistan at the moment.
The Ambassador further remarked that it is indeed a great achievement that the democratic government has attained the milestone of completing its constitutional tenure. This represents a giant leap in promotion of democratic values and norms.
While talking to the media, the Ambassador remarked that the process of democratic norms and traditions has become an irreversible process which nobody can disrupt now. The credit for this goes to the government, politicians of all shades, military leadership, vibrant and active media and an independent judiciary.
He further expressed the hope that the people of Pakistan will choose their representatives thoughtfully to redress their problems and ensure betterment of their future. He said that Pakistan is a progressive, responsible and moderate Islamic state which enjoys respectful position in the international community and international organizations. The international community should appreciate Pakistan’s role in the war on terror.
Pakistan wants to cooperate with the Indonesian government for increasing tourism, investment and business as well as people-to-people contact. The task remains difficult due to rigid visa regime adopted by the Indonesian government, Ambassador further added.
Earlier, a large gathering of resident Pakistanis, Pakistan-origin Indonesians, Embassy officials and their families joined in the chorus as national anthem was played and the Pakistan flag was hoisted to mark the national day. Officers of the armed forces presented the salute. First Secretary (Political) and First Secretary (Press) read out the messages of the President and Prime Minister. Pakistanis working in different international organizations also joined the function in great number.
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