Pakistan salutes its sons and daughters everywhere on National Day

A fireworks display as part of Pakistan National Day celebrations in Lahore today. AFP
A fireworks display as part of Pakistan National Day celebrations in Lahore today. AFP

On the occasion of National Day, I wish to convey my heartfelt congratulations to my fellow Pakistanis living in the UAE. Each year March 23 marks the commencement of our journey towards freedom and the ideals of our nationhood.

It is also an opportunity to look back and give deep thought to our prospects. In seven decades, we have faced many challenges. History and circumstances might not have been kind to us; Pakistan has seen wars, natural disasters and political and economic upheavals. But time and again, drawing upon our inherent resilience and core strengths, we have surmounted the insurmountable.

As Pakistanis, we should take heart from the fact that our country today stands at the cusp of positive developments. Prime Minister Imran Khan’s people-centric development agenda, coupled with the rapid pace of implementation of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and huge investments announced by Saudi Arabia, are fast transforming Pakistan’s geostrategic significance and economic strength.

Let us not forget our debt of gratitude to the UAE, its people and leadership, who have stood in solidarity with Pakistan through good times and bad, thanks to our longstanding and deep-rooted religious, cultural, civilisational and economic links.

The story of Pakistan’s success would remain incomplete if we did not mention overseas Pakistanis. They have been, and will remain, the co-authors of Pakistan’s success story. By dint of hard work and sacrifice, they have not only carved a name for themselves in foreign lands but also contributed to the uplift of their communities and country. Pakistan salutes these sons and daughters of the soil.

On this day, we must resolve to continue to march onwards with confidence and faith. The work of creating the Pakistan envisioned by its founders has not finished and circumstances leave us no room for complacency.

Moazzam Ahmad Khan, Pakistani ambassador to the UAE

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Updated: March 23, 2019 08:43 PM


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