The Independence Day of Pakistan was celebrated by the Pakistani Community in Qatar with national zeal and enthusiasm.
A large number of members of the Pakistani community from all walks of life attended the flag hoisting ceremony held at the Embassy of Pakistan, Doha.
The Ambassador, Syed Ahsan Raza Shah, hoisted the national flag. A smartly turned out military contingent from Pakistan gave salute to the national flag.
Independence Day messages of President Dr. Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan were read out on the occasion.
Addressing the community, Ambassador Syed Ahsan Raza Shah felicitated fellow Pakistanis on the occasion of the 73rd Independence Day. This day refreshes our enthusiasm and rejuvenates our resolve to work for the progress and prosperity of our motherland, he added. The Ambassador said that 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 recalled the unique struggle and unparalleled sacrifices in the independence struggle. He 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 expressed the confidence that the Pakistani nation will successfully overcome all challenges by following the teachings of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Allama Muhammad Iqbal in their true spirit.
The Ambassador of Pakistan to Qatar, Syed Ahsan Raza Shah, hoisting the National Flag as part of the celebrations to mark the Independence Day of Pakistan.
The Ambassador highlighted that bilateral relations between Pakistan and Qatar are based on historical bonds of a shared fate, heritage and culture. The people of Pakistan proudly welcomed Amir of Qatar His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani recently. The visit by His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani to Pakistan in June and by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan to Qatar in January this year have further strengthened relations between the two fraternal nations.
The Ambassador 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.
President Dr. Arif Alvi has stressed upon unity and harmony among the ranks of the nation to face the challenges and issues confronted by the country for achieving the national objectives of progress and prosperity.
The President, in his message on the 73rd Independence Day, observed that all the strata of society had to work hard, irrespective of the factional or individual interests. He called upon all the citizens to play their due part in the progress and development of the country.
Felicitating the countrymen on the Independence Day, President Alvi said their forefathers had given immense sacrifices and due to their untiring efforts, Pakistan emerged on the world’s globe as an independent country on 14th August 1947.
The Pakistani community members during the celebrations.
“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.” He also paid tribute to the security personnel and officers, who had laid down their lives for the protection of the motherland.
Prime Minister Imran Khan, in his message, said: “I extend my heartiest felicitations to all Pakistanis, living within the country and abroad, on the occasion of 73rd Independence Day. The day reminds us of the unmatched sacrifices rendered by our forefathers to protect and safeguard our religious, cultural and social values. It also reminds us of the objectives that led to creation of an independent Muslim state.
“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 characterized the bonds between the state and citizens. To this end, the state of Madina is our model.”
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