Glasgow, March 23, 2015 (PPI-OT): Pakistan Day was celebrated across Scotland with national zeal and enthusiasm. A large number of Scotland based Pakistanis from all walks of life attended the Flag Hoisting ceremony held at the Consulate of Pakistan in Glasgow. Scottish Minister for International Development Humza Yousaf, Leader of Glasgow Council Gordon Matheson and other local dignitaries, elected representatives, Councillors, religious leaders, imams and local businessmen also attended the flag hoisting ceremony and the reception hosted by the Consulate that followed.
Consul General Syed Ahsan Raza Shah hoisted the national flag. Messages of President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif were read out on the occasion. The Scottish Minister for External Affairs and International Development in his address congratulated all Pakistanis on their Independence day and wished a bright and prosperous future for Pakistan. He paid especially rich tributes to the visionary leadership of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Leader of the Glasgow City Council Gordon Matheson also spoke on the occasion and congratulated all Pakistanis on the auspicious occasion.
Earlier In his welcome address, Consul General Syed Ahsan Raza Shah recalled the great sacrifices rendered by our forefathers for a separate homeland. He recalled the guiding principles professed by the founding fathers and enshrined in our constitution which call for political freedom, self-governance, economic independence as necessary conditions for a vibrant society to thrive.
He lauded the role of overseas Pakistanis in strengthening the national economy through their valuable remittances and also recounted the many historic linkages between Pakistan and the United Kingdom in general; and with Scotland in particular. Prayers for the progress, prosperity and solidarity of Pakistan were offered on the occasion.
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