Islamabad: Pakistani community celebrated the 65th Independence Day of Pakistan with great fervour and enthusiasm here today. Ambassador Khalid Aziz Babar hoisted the national flag at Pakistan House to mark the occasion, says a press release received from Tehran here today.
The messages of President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani were read out on the occasion.
The Ambassador in his address paid tributes to martyrs of the independence struggle who laid down their lives for the creation of Pakistan. He said today, Pakistan is a strong country with the ability to face its challenges and God willing it will emerge as one of the prosperous countries of the world. On Pakistan-Iran relations, the Ambassador said it is a matter of satisfaction that Pakistan and Iran are working to develop their bilateral relations, strengthen regional and international cooperation and safeguard the interests of the Muslim Ummah.
Children from Pakistan International School, presented national songs reflecting their love and affection for the motherland and paying tributes to the Muslim leaders and freedom fighters whose struggle under the dynamic and peerless leadership of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah culminated in the establishment of an independent homeland for the Muslims of the sub-continent.
The function was attended by a large number of Pakistanis residing in Tehran, Iranian scholars and journalists, members of Pakistan Embassy and Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO).
Leading English dailies Iran News and Iran Daily published special supplements marking the Pakistan Independence Day containing messages of President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani and Ambassador Khalid Aziz Babar besides articles on Pakistan economy and tourism. Influential Persian daily Jamhoori Islami published an article on Pakistan Independence Day which was provided by this Mission.
Speaking to journalists after the function, the Ambassador said that Pakistan and Iran have always enjoyed good neighbourly and brotherly relations which are marked by the commonalities of culture, history and religion. On Iran-Pakistan pipeline, the Ambassador said it was an important project and Pakistan would soon start the construction work on its side. On the latest developments in the region, the Ambassador said that Pakistan’s foreign policy was based on respecting the sovereignty of countries and aspirations of people. He said Pakistan –Iran trade will be enhanced after the opening of another border post at Gubd.
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