ANKARA: 23 March 2015: Pakistan Embassy in Ankara commemorated “Pakistan National Day” at a ceremony here today. The Ambassador of Pakistan to Turkey, Mr. Sohail Mahmood, unfurled the flag of Pakistan on the tune of National Anthem in presence of the Pakistani community, Pakistani students studying in Turkish Universities and Embassy officials. The messages of the President and the Prime Minister of Pakistan were read out on the occasion.
The President of Pakistan, Mr. Mamnoon Hussain, in his message stated that 23rd of March marks the momentous occasion, when 75 years ago, great Muslim thinkers and political leaders of the Sub Continent came together to embark upon the journey for independence. As a result of great struggle led by Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the state of Pakistan was created. He said Pakistan needs the same efforts and commitment from its citizens to unite and make Pakistan a much stronger country.
The Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mr. Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, in his message said that Pakistan was created as a result of the firm commitment of the Quaid and wholehearted support of the Muslims of Sub Continent. The Prime Minister affirmed the resolve that Pakistanis will succeed in resolving the challenges faced today. He said we are committed to preserve and ensure freedom, equality and social justice as core values of our polity as desired by our enlightened forebears. He reiterated the commitment to ensure that Pakistanis are provided with every opportunity to live freely, seek education, gain employment and practice their faith without hindrance, fear and favour.
Ambassador Sohail Mahmood in his speech recalled the valiant struggle for Pakistan under the inspiring leadership of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and said that 23rd March was the day to reaffirm our determination to build Pakistan in accordance with the Quaid’s vision. He said as a new Ambassador, his priority will be to make efforts in giving strategic direction to our excellent relations with Turkey. Referring to the recent visit of the Turkish Prime Minister to Pakistan, it was reiterated to solidify trade and commercial ties between the two countries. He urged the members of Pakistani community and students to continue playing their active role in bringing Turkey and Pakistan further closer.
Students of Pakistan Embassy School (PEISG) in Ankara performed and sung national anthem and national songs.
Ambassador Sohail Mahmood will host Pakistan Day reception today evening where the Turkish leadership, parliamentarians, civil society, media and members of Pakistan community are invited to participate. Pakistan Food Festival shall also commence simultaneously at the venue of the national day reception. Two executive chefs invited specially from Pakistan’s leading hotel chain will prepare food for guests. Pakistan Food Festival shall continue for one week.
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