Pakistan marks 74th Independence Day
15 Aug 2020 – 8:22
Ambassador of Pakistan to Qatar, H E Syed Ahsan Raza Shah, hoists the national flag on the 74th Independence Day of Pakistan at the Embassy of Pakistan in Doha, yesterday. RIGHT: Children join H E Syed Ahsan Raza Shah in cutting a cake as part of Independence Day celebrations. Abdul Basit/The Peninsula
The 74th Independence Day of Pakistan was observed at the Embassy of Pakistan in Doha yesterday. The flag-hoisting ceremony was held at the Embassy in the morning.
Unlike previous years, when the event was held in a festive manner and attended by hundreds of community members, this year according to local regulations pertaining to public gatherings in the backdrop of COVID-19 pandemic, the event was only attended by the Embassy staff and families, and media representatives.
Ambassador H E Syed Ahsan Raza Shah hoisted the Pakistan’s national flag at the new Embassy premises in Doha’s diplomatic area. National anthem was recited in unison by the assembled audience on the occasion.
In his message on the occasion,H E the Ambassador felicitated fellow Pakistanis stating that the day refreshes the enthusiasm and rejuvenates the resolve of the nation to work for the progress and prosperity of the motherland.
He said that the day inspired all Pakistanis to serve the country with greater dedication and to carry the national flag, which symbolises nation’s hopes and aspirations, even higher.
He praised the Pakistani community in Qatar, which he said was imbibed with the love of the country and filled with the zeal to participate in Pakistan’s progress and development.
He expressed confidence that the Pakistani community, which is a living bridge between Pakistan and Qatar in their practices and dealings would present the true image of Pakistan in keeping with the spirit of the ideals and teachings of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Allama Muhammad Iqbal.
H E the Ambassador expressed gratitude to Amir H H Shiekh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and the leadership of the State of Qatar for hosting the Pakistani community in Qatar and providing them with excellent employment opportunities and living conditions.
H E Shah highlighted that strong bonds of fraternal relations between Pakistan and Qatar are based on historical bonds of a shared faith, heritage and culture. He said that the visits by the Amir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani to Pakistan in June 2019 and by Pakistan Prime Minister H E Imran Khan to Qatar in January 2019 and February 2020 have further strengthened relations between the two nations.
In line with Prime Minister Imran Khan’s tree plantation campaign, several trees were planted at the Embassy on the occasion. The ceremony concluded with prayers for progress, prosperity and solidarity with Pakistan.