Islamabad, March 24, 2015 (PPI-OT): Pakistan Day was observed with usual enthusiasm and fervor at Embassy of Pakistan in Tokyo. Flag hoisting ceremony was performed by Ambassador Farukh Amil in the presence of Community members. Pakistan National anthem was played that was sung by the community altogether.
The Ambassador read out the messages of the President and the Prime Minister. Speaking on the occasion, he emphasized the need to transform the words into actions to achieve the highest goal of peace, tranquillity, tolerance and development in Pakistan.
Later in the evening a reception was held at a local hotel. A large number of Japanese belonging to all walks of life including businessmen, diplomats, and educationists and leading members of Japanese civil society attended the reception. The Ambassador welcoming the guests said that every 23rd March Pakistan Day is celebrated to commemorate the Lahore Resolution which is considered a major milestone in the vision and journey for Muslims to achieve an independent State. Seventy five years ago the democratic struggle for Pakistan started under the leadership of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. With democracy firmly in the minds of our Founding Fathers, it is again at centre stage, he added.
He highlighted the Pakistan- Japan relations in their politico historical, socio-cultural and economic perspective. He said for decades Japanese businessmen have remained engaged in major productive businesses in Pakistan. The dominating presence of the Japanese automobile sector is perhaps the most visible but many others are involved in energy and construction. JICA continues to play a valuable role in building critical infrastructure and JETRO is another key partner in its consistent efforts to promote trade and investment, he added. He also highlighted Pakistan’s positive contributions to world peace through UNPKO and other international forums.
Seishiro Eto, President of Japan Pakistan Parliamentarian Friendship League, Member of the House of Representatives speaking on the occasion said Japan and Pakistan have enjoyed cordial relations. He reiterated that he would continue to make efforts to further strengthen the bilateral relation and extend assistance to the people and government of Pakistan. He also acknowledged Pakistan’s contribution to peace keeping operations.
Antonio Inoki, Member of the House of Councillors and good will Ambassador of Pakistan for sports extended his sincere felicitations to the people and government of Pakistan and said he would continue to make efforts to further deepen friendship between the two countries through sports diplomacy.
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