Pakistani expats worldwide came together to celebrate Pakistan Day on March 23 with great national pride and enthusiasm. The day marks the adoption of the Lahore Resolution in 1940, which paved the way for the creation of Pakistan.
Pakistani communities in various countries organized events and activities to commemorate the occasion. In the United States, a flag hoisting ceremony was held at the Pakistani embassy in Washington DC, attended by members of the Pakistani diaspora and embassy officials.
Pakistan Day was celebrated with great enthusiasm and national pride across the world, including in the United Arab Emirates and the United States, on Thursday. An elegant flag-hoisting ceremony was hosted by the Embassy of Pakistan in Abu Dhabi, which was attended by a large number of Pakistani community members residing in the UAE.
The auspicious occasion was also marked in China and the United States. During the ceremony, messages from the President and Prime Minister of Pakistan were read out, and national tableaus were presented by students of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Arab Pakistan School on national songs, according to Emirates news agency Wam.
During his speech, Ambassador Faisal Niaz Tirmizi highlighted the importance of Pakistan Day and urged the Pakistani community to play their part in the development of the country. He encouraged them to promote tourism and investment opportunities in Pakistan to UAE nationals and residents, highlighting the country’s cultural richness, natural beauty, delicious cuisine, and warm hospitality.
Expressing his contentment with the positive direction of Pakistan-UAE relations, the ambassador conveyed his gratitude to the UAE government and its leadership for being unwavering supporters of Pakistan.
The ambassador emphasized the strong and historic ties between the two nations, which were established by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding father of the UAE.
As a final point, the ambassador encouraged Pakistani students to strive for excellence in both academic and extra-curricular activities, in order to uphold and strengthen the pride of Pakistan.
The Embassy of Pakistan in Beijing celebrated Pakistan Day with great enthusiasm and national pride.
At the start of the ceremony, verses from the Holy Quran were recited, followed by Ambassador Moin ul Haque raising and hoisting the national flag to the mast’s summit while the national anthem played. Additionally, messages from President Dr. Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif were read out to mark the occasion.
Ambassador Haque expressed his admiration for the persistent efforts of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and other founding fathers of the country. He emphasized that Pakistan and China were all-weather friends and strategic cooperative partners, and that the friendship between the two countries would continue to grow stronger in the future.
The ambassador also expressed gratitude to the Chinese government and people for their unprecedented help during last year’s devastating floods in Pakistan.
Furthermore, Ambassador Haque reiterated Pakistan’s principled stance on the Kashmir issue and pledged Pakistan’s continued support to Kashmiris in their struggle for the right to self-determination, as granted by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions.
Ambassador Haque praised the Pakistani community in China for their contributions to the country, and for representing Pakistan while being away from their homes and families.
The ceremony was attended by a diverse group of people, including senior officials, businessmen, teachers, students, media personnel, and members of the Pakistani community living across China.
Similarly, in the United Kingdom, a virtual event was organized by the Pakistani High Commission, where Pakistani expats from across the country gathered to celebrate the day. The event included speeches, cultural performances, and a virtual tour of Pakistan’s landmarks.
In Saudi Arabia, Pakistani expats organized a grand parade, with participants dressed in traditional attire and waving Pakistani flags. The parade was followed by cultural activities and a display of Pakistani cuisine.
The celebrations were not limited to these countries, as Pakistani communities in other parts of the world also marked the day with pride and enthusiasm. Social media was flooded with messages of patriotism and solidarity from Pakistanis living abroad.
The celebrations were a testament to the strong bond that Pakistani expats share with their homeland, and their commitment to promoting Pakistani culture and traditions in their respective countries. It was also a reminder of the sacrifices made by the founding fathers of Pakistan to secure a separate homeland for Muslims in the Indian subcontinent.