Minister of State of Religious Affairs and Inter Faith Harmony Pir Muhammad Amin ul Hasnat Shah has said that the Independence Day this year has brought the message of success and hope for the nation. He was addressing the Officers and Staff of Embassy of Pakistan, Paris and members of Pakistani community living in Paris on the occasion of Flag hoisting ceremony on 69th Independence Day of Pakistan. Ambassador of Pakistan in France Mr. Ghalib Iqbal hoisted National Flag to mark the occasion.
The Minister of State in his address highlighted sacrifices made by the people for achieving the Independence sixty eight years ago. He said that the people and government of Pakistan and all its national institutions have worked hard to put the country back on way to peace and progress. Addressing the members of Pakistani community present here, he said that overseas Pakistani are real asset of the country and that they are playing vital role in the up left of its economy. Ambassador Ghalib Iqbal in his address impressed upon the members of Pakistani community to merge into the political and social life of host country. He asked them to learn local language in order to make inroads into French politics and media. He pointed out that since last Independence Day, country has made remarkable progress towards stronger economy, stability and better law and order. In this respect, he said civilian and military institutions have worked hard in total harmony to achieve the goals of elimination of terrorism and restoration of economy. Earlier, he hoisted the National Flag as National Anthem was played.
Army and Naval Attache Captain Rashid Mehmood read out the message from the President and Second Secretary Mr. Ammar Amin read out the message from the Prime Minister of Pakistan for the Independence Day. Children in colourful dresses holding National Flags raised slogans amid milli songs being played. The officers and staff of the Embassy, their families and the members of Pakistani community attended the ceremony.
The ceremony began with recitation from Holy Quran.