Large number of people attend Independence Day festivities at Aiwan-i-Quaid; Huge Pakistani flag unveiled
Islamabad—Deputy Head of Mission (DHM), Embassy of China Mr. Zhao Lijian on Sunday participated in the Independence Day celebrations of Nazriya Pakistan Council (NPC) and expressed solidarity with the Pakistani nation on this auspicious occasion.
Mr Lijian not only attended the flag-hoisting ceremony, he also showed keen interest in the activities that followed: Flag-hoisting ceremony, unveiling of a gigantic Pakistani flag of 90X60 ft, walk to express solidarity with Pakistani nation and various programmes highlighting the value of independence. He even remained with the Patron-in-Chief of the NPC Mr Zahid Malik in the Aiwan-e-Quaid till the end of day-long celebrations enjoying tableau, speeches and patriotic songs presented by schoolboys and girls. Press Officer of the Chinese embassy Mr Lai Haiyang was also among the distinguished guests of the day.
Mian Muhammad Javed Senior Vice-Chairman of the NPC in his speech particularly mentioned the Chinese DHM as a great friend and well-wisher of Pakistan and paid him rich tribute for being there till the end of the ceremony. “As the saying goes when you are with us at the time of joy or trouble you become one of us and today, you have become a part of us at this moment of celebration,” said Mian Javed expressing his gratitude to the Chinese guest.
Besides Chinese guests and members of the NPC executive body, one could also see some notables of the town attending the Independence Day celebrations. They included Admiral (R) Abdul Aziz Mirza, former IGP and ex-Federal Tax Ombudsman Dr Shoaib Suddle, daughter of late Hakim Saeed and President of Hamdard Foundation Ms Sadia Rashid, Chairperson National Commission for Human Development (NCHD) Senator Razina Alam Khan, Mrs Farrukh Khan, Prof Mrs Qaisera Alvi, Nasim Usmani, ASC M Bilal, Dr Ayub Mirza, Sheikh Mukhtar, Saleem Khan and a large number of students, their parents and teachers attending the Independence Day celebrations with full zeal and zest.
Highlighting the value of independence Mian Javed said presence of children from various schools and institutes of the twin cities as well as Haripur reminded him of his schooldays when Pakistan was in the formative phase and he along with his school-fellows used to shout slogans “Lay kay rahain gey Pakistan; But kay rahay ga Hindustan.” Today, I am seeing the same passion in our children and have every reason to say that future of Pakistan is in safe hands, said Mian Muhammad Javed.
Noted scholar Naseem Usmani was all praise for the NPC for organizing Independence Day celebrations in a big way. “I am greatly moved and motivated by the stamina and energy of the children who are raising non-stop slogans for Pakistan expressing their love for the country,” said he in his brief speech. He also paid tributes to and prayed for the health and long life of Mr Zahid Malik. “He is the real motivational strength and driving force behind today’s celebrations,” he said.
The speakers referred to the atrocities by the occupying Indian forces in the Indian Held Kashmir (IHK) and called upon the world to come to the support of the innocent Kashmiris. “The day is not far when Kashmiris will get their right of self-determination and their sacrifices will not go in vain,” they said.
Representatives of Project Pakistan and AFAQ (Association For Academic Quality) also highlighted importance of the day and asked the people to keep remembering the sacrifices of their forefathers for the sake of Pakistan.
Children of OSC (Out of School Children), Anglo-Oriental School, Pakistan Public School Haripur Hazara, Message, Girl Guides Association and other schools and institutes mesmerized the audience with their performances which included tableaus, speeches, patriotic songs, skits, and choruses.