The High Commission of Pakistan and the Pakistani community based in Sri Lanka celebrated the 78th National Day of Pakistan on Friday with traditional fervour and resolve to make Pakistan a strong, vibrant, progressive and democratic welfare state.
The National Day of Pakistan is celebrated every year on the 23rd March to commemorate the outstanding achievement of the Muslims of Sub-Continent who passed the historic “Pakistan Resolution” on this day at Lahore in 1940 which culminated in creation of Pakistan after 7 years.
The Acting High Commissioner of Pakistan hoisted the national flag of Pakistan in a colourful ceremony, held at the Pakistan High Commission this morning. Later, the messages of the President and the Prime Minister of Pakistan were read out to the audience.
The Acting High Commissioner, on the occasion, said that Pakistan greatly values its relations with Sri Lanka which are based on mutual trust and understanding. He said that it is a matter of great satisfaction that these mutually beneficial relations, rooted in history, have become truly multi-dimensional, covering fields of politics, economy, defence and security, culture, education and people-to-people contacts.
The Acting High Commissioner also extended sincere greetings and best wishes on behalf of the Government and people of Pakistan to the Government and people of Sri Lanka for the continued progress, peace, national unity, reconciliation and harmony in the years ahead.
The ceremony was attended by a large number of participants from various walks of life including members of the Sri Lanka Pakistan Friendship, Trade and Investment Association, Sri Lanka-Pakistan Business Council and the Pakistani community based in Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette)