Pakistani-American Community Celebrates Pakistan Day

Washington, DC: The Pakistani-American community celebrated the Pakistan Day with traditional fervor and enthusiasm while remembering the arduous struggle and sacrifices rendered by their founding fathers. They renewed their pledge to make Pakistan a strong, forward-looking and progressive country.
Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States Jehangir Karamat hoisted the national flag at a simple but impressive ceremony at the Embassy. The ceremony began with the recitation from the holy Quran followed by the flag hoisting ceremony with the national anthem being played in the background. Ambassador Karamat separately read out the Pakistan Day messages of President Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz. In their messages the President and the Prime Minister called for national cohesion, moderation and a forward-looking vision to meet today’s challenges. They urged the people of Pakistan to play their role in the progress of the country and the welfare of the people.
President Musharraf in his message said: As a result of prudent policies over the last seven years, we stand tall in the comity of nations and have assumed a key role amongst the Muslim Ummah. Pakistanis have also demonstrated to the world that our people have the courage, fortitude and resolve to meet all challenges of our times. This fact has been amply proven by the people of Pakistan once again by the tremendous response in the wake of the devastating earthquake of 8th October 2005. Pakistan today is a country rapidly moving on the path of progress and development. Reforms in all sectors have been successfully introduced and are being implemented. A new direction has been given to our nation’s destiny through enlightened moderation.
The President expressed the confidence that if the nation continued to tread this path the country will be transformed into a truly Islamic welfare state as envisaged by the Quaid-i-Azam, Allama Iqbal and the leaders of Pakistan movement.
Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz in his message said that his Government was determined to make Pakistan an enlightened, tolerant and moderate country that ensures social justice and equal opportunities to its every citizen irrespective of caste, creed, color or gender. He emphasized the need to fight the evils of corruption, illiteracy, nepotism, parochialism, sectarianism and terrorism that slow down the country’s march towards achieving the goals set by its founding fathers. He reminded the nation that in the present environment it was all the more imperative to place national unity and integrity above any other consideration.
Flag-hoisting ceremonies were also held in the Consulates General of Pakistan in New York, Los Angeles, Houston and Chicago, where the Consuls General hoisted the national flag and read out the messages of the President and the Prime Minister.



Editor: Akhtar M. Faruqui
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