Independence Day of Pakistan

Pakistan Foreign Ministry News

15 August 1999

The 52nd Independence Day of Pakistan was celebrated with fervour and enthusiasm at all the Pakistan missions throughout the world on Saturday.

According to the messages received here Saturday, simple and impressive flag hoisting ceremonies were held at all the embassies and high commissions of Pakistan to mark the Day. The messages of President Muhammad Rafiq Tarar and Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif were read out to the delegates on the occasion. The print and electronic media of many friendly countries projected the features of Pakistan and the long historic struggle for the creation of an independent homeland for the Muslims of South Asia under the dynamic leadership of Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah in their dailies, television and radio programmes.

In Beijing, China, Charge d'Affaires of Pakistan Iftikhar Hussain Kazmi, performed the flag hoisting. The flag-hoisting ceremony was attended by Pakistanis and their families followed by national anthem.

Referring to the economic policies initiated by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Iftikhar Hussain Kazmi said that it was due to the bold steps taken by the government that Pakistan is now back on track. On the recent development in South Asia region, Kazmi said that Pakistan is a peace-loving country and wants to establish good neighbouring relations with all its neighbours including India. In the same breath he said illegal occupation of Kashmir has marred relations between Pakistan and India. "There will be no permanent peace in the region until the core issue of Kashmir is resolved in accordance with the relevant resolutions of United Nation's Security Council", he added.

In Cairo, the day commenced with recitation from the Holy Quran followed by flag hoisting ceremony. The flag hoisting ceremony was performed at the Embassy by Ambassador of Pakistan to Cairo Anwar Kamal. Speaking on the occasion Mr. Kamal said that the 52nd Independence Day carries special significance for the people of Pakistan and added that at the time of independence Pakistan had no industrial technological base and no financial institution.

"The determined people of Pakistan faced all the difficulties and in five decades have achieved what no one thought Pakistan would be able to", he added.

He said that today Pakistan is the only nuclear power among the fifty-two Muslim nations and has successfully and effectively internationalised the issue of Kashmir.

He said "Our nuclear capability is purely for peaceful and defensive purposes and Pakistan has no aggressive design against anyone". Anwar Kamal however said that until the issue of Kashmir was peacefully settled according to the wishes of the people of Kashmir, the region would continue to suffer from the instability and conflict. In United Arab Emirates Independence day of Pakistan was celebrated by all Pakistanis with zeal and jubilation. The Ambassador-designate Khayyam Qaiser performed the flag hosting ceremony in the premises of Pakistan Embassy Abu Dhabi.

In his remarks Khayyum Qaiser paid glowing tributes to the founder of Pakistan, Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and urged upon the community members to forge unity in their ranks and work hard for the fulfillment of the aims and objectives for which Pakistan was created.

A separate flag hoisting ceremony was also held at the Pakistan consulate, Dubai where Muhammad Younus, the Consul General of Pakistan unfurled the national flag.

Pakistan Independence Day was also celebrated in Dhaka with fervor and enthusiasm.

The main function of the day was a brief but impressive flag hosting ceremony held in the premises of High Commission. The ceremony began with recitation from the Holy Quran. The High Commissioner Iqbal Ahmed Khan hoisted the Pakistan flag in the accompaniment of national anthem. For the first time two Bangladeshis also spoke on the occasion. The first speaker was M.A Salam, a prominent political leader based in Dhaka. He recounted the role of Muslim League in creation of a separate and independent homeland for the Muslims of South Asia called Pakistan. He also attributed the existence of independent Bangladesh to the creation of Pakistan in 1947 by the efforts of Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and his Party.