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Flag Hoisting Ceremony on Independence Day of Pakistan

(2017-08-14) A simple and elegant Flag Hoisting Ceremony was held at the Embassy today on the occasion of Pakistan's 70th Independence Day. The Embassy was decorated with Pakistani and Italian flags for the occasion. The event began with the recitation from the Holy Quran. The national flag was hoisted by Ambassador Nadeem Riyaz amidst singing of national anthem by the participants.

The Deputy Head of Mission, Mr. Tanveer Ahmad and First Secretary, Ms. Wajiha Khan read the messages of the President and the Prime Minister for the audience.

The Ambassador, in his address paid tribute to all those who sacrificed their lives in obtaining independence. He stated that Pakistan is a young country which has come a long way. It has achieved many milestones but efforts continue to realize the vision of its founding fathers.

He highlighted efforts of the Government for bringing prosperity and economic development. He spoke about the supremacy of law, democracy, education, tolerance and harmony.

Paying tribute to all those who had sacrificed their lives in fighting terrorism, he said that the country was firm in its resolve to root out the menace of terrorism and extremism from its soil. He stressed that terrorism was an international problem and all countries should work collectively to root it out.

The Ambassador stated that Pakistan desired peace with all its neighbours on the basis of sovereign equality. He said that it was incumbent on the international community to settle the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the relevant UN resolutions. He said that Pakistan always has and would continue to support the inalienable right of self-determination of the people of Kashmir.

The Ambassador commended the positive role played by Pakistani community in Italy. He advised the community to conduct themselves in a way to bring a good name to their motherland. He advised the youth to work with the Italians for the positive projection of Pakistan. In conclusion, the Ambassador advised all to work collectively for the prosperity of Pakistan.

The event also included singing of national songs and special prayers were offered for the peace, progress and prosperity of the homeland.

The ceremony was attended by a large number of community members and officials of the Embassy along with their families.

14 August 2017