TEHRAN -- An official ceremony to mark the 74th anniversary of Independence of Pakistan was held at Pakistan House Tehran, on Saturday.
Members of Pakistani community in Iran, officials of the Embassy, journalists and media representatives attended the ceremony. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and to ensure compliance with health guidelines, the ceremony was kept brief and a limited number of guests were invited.
The ceremony commenced with the playing of national anthem and hoisting of the national flag by Ambassador Rahim Hayat Qureshi. It was followed by reading out of messages of president, prime minister and foreign minister of Pakistan.
Recalling the historical importance of the day, Ambassador Qureshi paid tribute to the founding fathers of the nation Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Dr. Allama Iqbal and other leaders who led the Pakistan movement and offered sacrifices for the creation of an independent Muslim state.
Congratulating the Pakistani diaspora on Pakistan’s Independence
Day, Ambassador urged them to serve the country with dedication.
“Since independence, Pakistan has faced multiple challenges, but by the grace of Almighty Allah and with the dedication and hard work of our citizens, our country has succeeded in overcoming the obstacles to continue its forward march as a modern and progressive state,” he said.
The participants also expressed solidarity with the people of Jammu and Kashmir. Ambassador Qureshi called upon the international community to take measures for the peaceful resolution of the dispute with India as enshrined in the relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council.
Focusing on regional peace and security, the ambassador stressed the importance of peaceful and negotiated settlement of the Afghan conflict that is Afghan-owned and Afghan-led.
Pakistan, being a victim of terrorism and cross border infiltration, is committed to playing a constructive role to facilitate dialogue among various Afghan factions, he said.