National Day of Pakistan

On the eve of National Day of Pakistan 23rd March, a simple Flag hoisting ceremony was held at Embassy of Pakistan, Kathmandu on 23rd March 2021. Ambassador of Pakistan Syed Haider Shah hoisted the national flag. 
Messages from the President and Prime Minister were read out on this occasion. 
Speaking on the occasion, the Ambassador recalled the determination and resolution of Muslims in 1940 to create a separate home land for themselves and their future generations. He urged the need to reaffirm the commitment to make Pakistan the homeland that our forefathers had dreamed about. 
In line with the measures & decisions taken by the Nepal Government, the ceremony was organized at a very limited scale. 

Embassy of Pakistan 
Kathmandu, March 23, 2021 

Message from Dr. Arif Alvi 
President Islamic Republic of Pakistan 
(For Pakistan Day i.e., 23rd March 2021) 
On this Pakistan Day, we pay homage to the founding fathers of Pakistan whose services and sacrifices led to the creation of a separate homeland for the Muslims of the sub-continent. Today, we reaffirm our resolve to make Pakistan an economically stronger and prosperous country. 
On this historic day, we vow to continue our struggle to make our society humane, inclusive and tolerant to other minorities residing in Pakistan. We also pledge to uphold democratic values, rule of law and the Islamic way of life in our country as envisioned by our founding fathers. 
On this day, we must also remember our Kashmiri brethren who have been subjugated for over seven decades by the Indian Security Forces. They have been subjected to the worst form of repression and state-sponsored terrorism. We pledge our commitment to continue to support Kashmiris in their just struggle for their right to self-determination. The world must take notice of blatant human rights violations being committed by India in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir. The key to durable peace in South Asia is resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with the relevant United Nations Security Council Resolutions. 
Today, we also salute our heroes, particularly the health workers and other concerned agencies, who played a great role in containing COVID-19 and providing health care to the people in the hour of need. We laud our health professionals for their untiring efforts who selflessly served the nation during the crisis. I urge my fellow countrymen to follow all SOPs concerning COVID-19 so as to overcome the third wave of the pandemic. I am sure that with unity, faith and discipline we can overcome any challenge that comes our way. May Allah be with us all. 
Pakistan Paindabad! 

Message from Mr. Imran Khan Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan (On the occasion of Pakistan Day 23rd March, 2021) 
23rd March, 1940 was a momentous occasion when the Muslims of the Sub-Continent decided to establish a separate homeland to free themselves from the shackles of oppression and slavery of the hindutva mindset. 
Today, we pay tribute to the Father of the Nation and all the leaders of the Independence Movement who united Muslims of British India and struggled for creation of a free and independent Muslim State. The struggle culminated in the emergence of Pakistan on the map of the World on 14th August, 1947. 
While commemorating this day, we need to adhere to the principles of Unity, Faith and Discipline given by Quid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Our vision is to transform Pakistan into a truly democratic welfare State, on the model of Riyasat-e-Madina. 
Our great nation has successfully overcome challenges of immense magnitude in past through unity and resilience. Today, we need to remain strong to face the pandemic that has engulfed the entire World. InshaAllah, we will succeed in these testing times. 
On this day, we also express solidarity with the innocent people of IIOJK who have been subjected to worst form of state oppression by Indian security forces. We salute their courage and will continue to support them morally, politically and diplomatically for realization of their right to self-determination under relevant UNSC Resolutions. 
Today, let us renew our commitment to make Pakistan a humane, progressive and prosperous state akin to Riasat-e-Madina based on rule of law, meritocracy, egalitarianism and compassion. May Almighty Allah grant us strength to remain steadfast during all testing times. 

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