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70th Independence Day Anniversary Celebrations in Prague

(2017-08-14) On 14th August 2017, 70th Independence Day was celebrated with deep fervor. The celebrations included two functions, Flag Hoisting Ceremony in the morning followed by Independence Day Reception featuring Mango and Food Festival.

Ambassador of Pakistan, Dr. Israr Hussain hoisted the national flag in the morning at Embassy of Islamic Republic of Pakistan in Prague, national anthem was sung by children of Pakistani community living in Prague. Messages of the President and the Prime Minister of Pakistan were read at the occasion. A cross section of Pakistani community and Pakistani students living in Czech Republic attended the flag hoisting ceremony. A 9-member delegation of FPCCI led by its Sr. Vice President, Mr. Aamir Atta Bajwa also attended the festivities. Guests were served traditional Pakistani savories and gifts were distributed among the children.

Ambassador Dr. Israr Hussain, while speaking on the occasion congratulated the community on 70th Independence Day and said that Pakistan has achieved great successes in 70 years, too short a period in the history of nations. He highlighted the efforts of the Government of Pakistan for the country. In the evening 70th Independence Day Celebration featured a Reception hosted by Embassy of Pakistan, Prague. The hallmark of the Reception was Pakistan's Mango Show and Food Festival. It was attended by three Czech Ministers, Czech Vice-Chairman of Chamber of Commerce and 9- member delegation of FPCCI.

Ambassador Dr. Israr Hussain emphasized the importance of Independence and explained that Pakistan has become a stable democracy in just 70 years. He highlighted the plight of Kashmiri and blatant violations of Human Rights being perpetrated by India. He said that CPEC is a game changer and provides enormous opportunities to be exploited in the country. He advised Czech entrepreneurs to consider Pakistan as favoured destination for investment and trade. He informed that bilateral trade between Pakistan and the Czech Republic has increased by 20% over last year however, he stated that existing trade volume was blow the given potential of two countries. He thanked Czech dignitaries and FPCCI delegation for attending the 70th Independence Day Celebration.

Deputy Minister for Industry and Trade, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, Deputy Minister for Defence congratulated Pakistan and Pakistani community. They agreed that there was huge potential to enhance bilateral trade and stated that Pakistan was big and important country for Czech Republic. They announced to work together to further strengthen the bilateral ties. The Vice President of Czech Chamber of Commerce and Sr. Vice President of FPCCI also spoke on the occasion. Commercial Counsellor, Mr. Muhammad Daud Pirzado made a detailed presentation on bilateral trade between Pakistan and the Czech Republic and Pakistani Mangoes.

Large number of Czech dignitaries from government, business community, members of Czech and European Parliament, Ambassadors of Foreign Missions in Prague and leading Czech businessmen attended the function.

14 August 2017