ISLAMABAD: The 75th Anniversary of Pakistan Day was celebrated with fervour across the world in Pakistani embassies and High Commissions, and attended by political and military leaders with a resolve to further strengthen bilateral ties.
In Ankara, Ambassador Sohail Mahmood hosted a reception attended by Turkish political and military leadership, parliamentarians, senior officials, media representatives, Pakistani community and diplomats based in Turkey attended the reception.
Idris Gulluce, Minister of Environment and Urbanization and co-chair of Pakistan-Turkey Joint Economic Commission, was the chief guest.
Head of Turkey-Pakistan Parliamentary Friendship Group Burhan Kayaturk, and Deputy Chief of Turkish General Staff General Yasar Guler, were among other high level guests.
The Minister for Environment in his speech said Turkey was grateful to the people of Pakistan for standing by in difficult times during the Turkish War of Independence.
He said Pakistan has a special place in the hearts of Turks and their excellent bilateral relations were being transformed into a vibrant economic partnership.
“We aim to achieve bilateral trade of US$ 1 billion this year,” Gulluce said.
Ambassador Sohail said celebrating “Pakistan Day” in Turkey was like celebrating it in Pakistan as Turkey was truly second home to the Pakistanis.
In Bangkok the 75th Anniversary of Pakistan Day was celebrated by the Pakistan community in Thailand with traditional fervor.
The daylong activities included the flag hoisting ceremony at the Pakistan Embassy in Bangkok.
Messages of the President and the Prime Minister were read.
The Charge d’Affaires Ata ul Munim Shahid highlighted the special significance of the day and underlined the resilience of the people of Pakistan in overcoming the challenges.
He urged the community to continue its vital contribution to Pakistan’s development and consolidation of Pakistan-Thailand relations.
At a reception Mom Rajawongse Thepkamol Devakula, Privy Councilor and Air Chief Marshal Prajin Juntong, Minister for Transport, represented the Government of Thailand.
A large number of Pakistani community members participated in the reception.
Prominent among them were members of Pak-Thai Friendship Association and the Pak-Thai Chamber of Commerce.
Charge d’Affaires Ata ul Munim Shahid, highlighted potential for contribution for regional peace and security and progress and prosperity.
He also highlighted the steady growth in different aspects of Pakistan-Thailand relations.
The day was also celebrated at the Embassy of Pakistan in Brussels and attended by a large number of Pakistanis living in Belgium with enthusiasm and zeal.
Ms. Naghmana A.Hashmi, Ambassador of Pakistan to Belgium, European Union and Grand Duchy of Luxembourg performed the flag hoisting ceremony.
Ambassador Ms. Naghhmana A. Hashmi congratulated the members of the Pakistani community on the National Day.
Pakistan Embassy, Berlin organized Art Exhibition and Fusion Music Concert to celebrate Pakistan Day.
President of German Parliament Graced the occasion
The Pakistan Embassy in Berlin organized an Art Exhibition of Jimmy Engineer’s Paintings (Prints on Canvas), an Instrumental Fusion Music and a Reception as a part of Pakistan National Day Celebrations. President of the German Parliament, Prof. Dr. Norbert Lammert was the Chief Guest who congratulated the Government and people of Pakistan on this auspicious occasion and reiterated his government’s resolve to continue their support and cooperation with Pakistan in its efforts to bring peace, progress and prosperity to the people of the region.
Ambassador Syed Hasan Javed in his welcome address, said that despite many odds and hurdles, Pakistan had made a tremendous progress in many fields including, economy, science and technology,
defence production, education and social sectors. Its achievements are the result of rich soft power of its people including hard work, determination and resilience, he added.
Around 500 plus people from a cross section of the German Society including German Parliamentarians, senior officials, Diplomats of various embassies and International Missions based in Berlin and members of the Pakistani community attended the event.
Fusion Instrumental Music by Pakistani and German Artists, a blend of classic and Folk of Pakistani and Western Music was the hall mark of the event.
The artists played tunes of folk songs of all the provinces and received a great applause from the audience.