The Pakistani community in Qatar on Wednesday celebrated the Independence Day of Pakistan with national zeal and enthusiasm on the embassy premises.
Attired in traditional dresses, a large number of the community members from all walks of life attended the flag hoisting ceremony held at the Embassy of Pakistan.
Syed Ahsan Raza Shah, ambassador of Pakistan to Qatar, hoisted the national flag. A smartly turned out military contingent from Pakistan saluted to the flag.
The ambassador along with some children cut the cake to mark the occasion. The gathering was served with delicious and traditional 'halwa puri' as breakfast.
The Independence Day messages of President of Pakistan Dr Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan were also read out on the occasion.
Pakistan ambassador Syed Ahsan Raza Shah hoisting the national flag
A contingent of Pakistan Army salute the national flag
Pakistan community members at the event
In his message to the nation, President Alvi stressed upon unity and harmony among the ranks of the people to face the challenges and issues faced by the country for achieving the national objectives of progress and prosperity.
Felicitating the countrymen on the Independence Day, Alvi said: “No doubt, freedom is a huge blessing. Now onus is upon us to present Pakistan as highly reputable, progressive and prosperous country among the comity of nations and thus transforming Pakistan under the visions of its founding leaders Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Allama Muhammad Iqbal.”
Prime Minister Imran Khan’s message noted: “This day reinvigorates our spirit to make Pakistan stand out in the comity of nations as a dignified country. Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah envisioned a progressive Pakistan where one could lead one’s life in accordance with the golden tenets of Islam, a state where democratic norms could flourish and rule of law prevailed, and where compassion characterised the bonds between the state and citizens. To this end, the state of Madina is our model.
“Let me emphasise here the role of Overseas Pakistanis and I am sure they will continue making us proud with their concerted efforts for the greater good of their homeland.”
The prime minister also remembered the plight of the people in Kashmir. “Let me reassure our Kashmiri brethren that we stand by them and Pakistan will continue to provide its political, moral and diplomatic support to their just struggle for self-determination.”
Speaking on the occasion, ambassador Shah felicitated fellow Pakistanis on the occasion of the 73rd Independence Day. “The day inspires all Pakistanis to serve the country with greater dedication and to raise the green flag, which symbolises our hopes and aspirations, even higher."
The ambassador paid rich tributes to the Pakistani community in Qatar which he said was imbibed with the love of the country and is filled with the zeal to participate in Pakistan’s progress and development.
He also highlighted that the bilateral relations between Pakistan and Qatar are based on historical bonds of a shared fate, heritage and culture. "The people of Pakistan proudly welcomed His Highness the Amir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani recently. The visit by His Highness the Amir to Pakistan in June and by Prime Minister Imran Khan to Qatar in January this year have further strengthened relations between the two fraternal nations."
Reiterating complete solidarity with the Kashmiri people, the ambassador called upon the international community to play its due role in seeking an end to the violation of human rights.
"Pakistan reiterates its unwavering political, moral and diplomatic support to the people of Jammu and Kashmir in their struggle for the realisation of the inalienable right to self-determination in accordance with the United Nations Security Council resolutions, " he said.
He expressed pride in the contribution of the Pakistani community, “which is a living bridge between the two countries, in the remarkable progress and prosperity of Qatar.”
The ceremony concluded with prayers for progress, prosperity and solidarity of Pakistan.