New York, 23 March, 2017
Pakistan Day was celebrated with fervor and enthusiasm at the Pakistan House here today with the hoisting of the national flag by Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the UN, Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi as the national anthem was played.
The ceremony began with recitation from the Holy Quraan. Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi read out the Pakistan Day message of President Mamnoon Hussain and Raja Ali Ejaz, Consul General, New York read out the message of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.
Speaking on the occasion, Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi paid tributes to Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and the sacrifices made by the muslims of the sub-continent for the creation of Pakistan. Since its independence, she said, Pakistan has made much progress although challenges still need to be negotiated.
Efforts are being made by the government to realize the Quaid's vision for the country and to defeat militancy and terrorism, she added.
In the 70th our independence, she said, Pakistan has achieved a lot to be proud of. “The challenges we face today, as a nation, will be surmounted, as we always done in the past. We are a resilient nation”, she added.
The Consul General recalled the services and sacrifices rendered by the founding fathers for the creation of a separate homeland for the Muslims of India.
The ceremony concluded by a ‘dua’ for the prosperity and progress of Pakistan.
All officers and staff of the Mission and the Consulate General along with their families attended the ceremony.