The Embassy of Pakistan, Washington D.C. celebrated the 67th Independence Day of Pakistan with traditional zeal and fervor today. An impressive ceremony was held at the Embassy premises earlier this morning in which Dr. Asad M. Khan, Charge d’ Affaires hoisted the national flag.
Dr. Khan read out messages of the President of Pakistan and the Prime Minister of Pakistan, who both congratulated the entire nation as well as Pakistanis living abroad on this momentous occasion.
In his message, the President highlighted that in addition to Independence Day, the nation is also celebrating the first “peaceful democratic transition from one democracy to another.” The Prime Minister recounted the countless sacrifices through which we earned our freedom. He said a “new era of hope and optimism” had dawned in the country with the inception of the present democratic government, which is committed “to eliminate all evils from the country and take it to new heights of development and prosperity.” The Prime Minister reiterated that the Government stands “fully committed to weed out extremism and terrorism from the country.”
The flag hoisting ceremony was followed by distribution of certificates among the interns who successfully completed the Embassy’s Summer 2013 Internship program. The Charge d’ Affaires awarded certificates among the interns who worked at the Embassy from June to August 2013.
Similar ceremonies were also held at Consulates General of Pakistan in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston.
August 14, 2013