The Embassy of Pakistan, Washington DC today commenced 70th Independence Anniversary celebrations of Pakistan by organizing “Open House” here at the Embassy of Pakistan. Pakistan Ambassador to the US Aizaz Ahmad Chaudry inaugurated the festivities which will continue during the coming months.
On this auspicious occasion, Ambassador Aizaz Chaudhry congratulated the entire nation on the 70th Independence Day of Pakistan. While speaking on the occasion, Ambassador Chaudhry paid rich tribute to Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Founder of Pakistan as due to his relentless efforts, Muslims of the Subcontinent were able to secure a separate homeland for themselves. Ambassador also admired the great Muslim philosopher and poet Allama Muhammad Iqbal who first presented the idea for a separate homeland for the Muslims of the Subcontinent.
Commenting on the tremendous sacrifices rendered by the Muslims of the Subcontinent, Ambassador Chaudhry stated that Pakistan is a home to 200 million people who are blessed with great potential and are firmly committed to the progress and well-being of their country. He urged Pakistani Americans to contribute towards development and progress of the entire nation.
Ambassador Chaudhry underscored that Pakistan despite making a modest start in the beginning after gaining independence, has made tremendous strides in all domains over last 70 years. Pakistan with a passage of time has attained a prominent position in the comity of nations. At present, Pakistan is an atomic power having tremendous resources including a dynamic & intelligent youth.
In the recent years, we have successfully reversed the tide of terrorism where as other countries in the world are still grappling with the scourge of terrorism. Recently, Pakistan has witnessed a tremendous economic turnaround and all fundamental economic indicators are projecting upwards which is a great achievement, he added.
While commenting on Pak-US relations, Ambassador Chaudhry said that Pakistan and the US would be celebrating 70th anniversary of friendship this year. Pakistan attaches great value to its relations with the United States spanning over seven decades and we are committed to further strengthen these bilateral relations. He urged the Pakistani Americans to act like a bridge between country of their origin and the country of their residence. He further added that Pakistani Americans should actively participate in the mainstream politics and play a constructive role in the peace & prosperity of the US. He emphasized that the second generation Pakistani Americans must stay connected with their motherland while actively participating in all facets of American polity including political & socio-economic sectors.
On the occasion, national songs were played by young Pakistani singers which enthralled the distinguished guests particularly the younger generation. A Group of Pakistani performers presented regional & folk dances. A mesmerizing Tabla performance was given by Nabeel Riaz.
A Cultural Unity Show on the theme of ‘Rhythm of Unity’ was also arranged to pay tribute to the rich cultural heritage of Pakistan.
The traditional Pakistani stalls were also setup which attracted many Pakistani American visitors. Young children in traditional dresses of various parts of the country were one of the major attractions of the event.
Towards the end, Ambassador Chaudhry remarked that we should celebrate our successes on the 70th independence anniversary and learn from our mistakes in order to march forward as a great nation. Ambassador prayed that Pakistan may make progress by leaps and bounds.
The “Open House” event was celebrated with traditional zeal and fervor by Pakistani Americans at the Embassy of Pakistan. A large number of Pakistani and American visitors attended the event today which exhibited true colours of Pakistan & deeply appreciated the warmth and hospitality extended by the Embassy officials.
August 13 , 2017