The High Commission of Pakistan and the Pakistani community in Sri Lanka celebrated ‘The Diamond Jubilee’ of independence of Pakistan with traditional fervour and resolve to make Pakistan a strong, dynamic, progressive, tolerant, and democratic Islamic welfare state.
The High Commissioner of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in
Sri Lanka, Maj. Gen. (Retd) Umar Farooq Burki hoisted the National Flag of Pakistan to the tune of the National Anthem in a vibrant and colourful ceremony at the Pakistan High Commission in Colombo.
Asmma Kamal, Trade and Investment Attaché, read out the message of the President of Pakistan, Dr. Arif Alvi, quoting, “On the joyous occasion of the 75th anniversary of Pakistan’s Independence,I extend my heartiest felicitations to the entire nation.This day reminds us of the innumerable sacrifices rendered by our Founding Fathers under the dynamic leadership of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah for carving this homeland ‘Pakistan’ for us. Today, we also reaffirm our resolve to uphold Pakistan’s ideology and make Pakistan an ideal modern Islamic welfare nation-state.”
The message of the Prime Minister of Pakistan was read out for the audience by Kalsoom Qaiser, Press Attaché.
The message said: “The 75th Independence Day is a watershed moment in our nation’s history. Today, we pay rich tributes to Muslims of the subcontinent and express our collective gratitude to them for their heroic struggle and epic sacrifices for the creation of a new state. The coming of Pakistan into existence was not less than a miracle that stunned friends and foes alike, beating all predictions and assessments.”
In his remarks, the High Commissioner of Pakistan said “14 August is a day of happiness, a day of bowing our heads before Almighty Allah in thankfulness, and a day of renewing our pledge that we will continue to work with unity, faith, and discipline for the objectives for which Pakistan was created.”
“Today, we remember our forefathers and martyrs and pay our gratitude to them for making extraordinary sacrifices to give us an independent homeland,” he added.