The 68th Anniversary of the Independence Day of Pakistan was held at the Embassy of Pakistan, Washington DC today. Pakistan’s Ambassador, H.E. Mr. Jalil Abbas Jilani hoisted the National Flag at a simple but graceful ceremony. The ceremony began with the recitation of the Holy Quran. The national anthem of Pakistan was played on the occasion. A large number of Pakistani-American community members, representatives of the media, officials of the Embassy and their families participated in the ceremony. Ambassador Jalil Abbas Jilani also read out Independence Day messages of President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on the occasion.
In his message, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that the Independence Day was an occasion for all of us to remember and recall the ideals and aspirations that inspired Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and Dr. Allama Mohammad Iqbal. He said that Pakistan was the culmination of a long and arduous constitutional struggle. It was made possible only because millions of Muslims exercised the oldest, most basic democratic right — the right to vote for their own future.
President Mamnoon Hussain in his message of the Independence day urged the nation to stand united against all those elements who are bent upon tarnishing our image and identity as a progressive, peaceful and tolerant society. He exhorted the people to work together as a unified nation to gradually meet the challenges that we face today.
A delegation of Pakistani American Congress (PAC) called on the Ambassador after the Flag Hoisting ceremony.
Similar ceremonies were also held at Consulates General of Pakistan in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston.
August 14, 2014