Islamabad: The 72nd Pakistan Day was marked with traditional fervour and patriotism in the Malaysian capital on Friday to commemorate the historic 1940 Lahore Resolution that heralded the Pakistan movement leading to the emergence of an independent Muslim country on August 14, 1947. says a press release received here today from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Elaborate arrangements were made by the High Commission for Pakistan in Malaysia to mark the day in true national spirit of patriotism and fanfare with a large number of the Pakistani and Malaysian community turning up at the High Commission to attend the Flag Hoisting and a grand reception-cum-cultural gala held later in the evening.
The celebrations began with the hoisting of the national flag by High Commissioner for Pakistan in Malaysia Mr. Masood Khalid to the accompaniment of national anthem. Deputy Head of Mission, Dr. Imtiaz A Kazi read out messages of the President and Prime Minister of Pakistan on the occasion of the Pakistan Day.
The High Commissioner in his address highlighted the significance of the Pakistan Day in reminding the nation of the countless sacrifices rendered by the Muslims of subcontinent in their struggle to carve a separate homeland where they could lead their lives in accordance with their religion, customs and traditions without any fear or discrimination. He urged all Pakistanis to forge ahead to turn their beloved country into a strong, progressive, enlightened and economically stable nation.
Masood Khalid also dwelled on the cordial Pakistan-Malaysia ties which he said had grown from strength to strength due to the commonality of religion, traditions, culture and even food. He said both countries had been cooperating with each other on international forums. “We are together members of such international clubs as the OIC, Commonwealth, NAM, ARF, ASEM, ACD and D-8 … our leaders have maintained bilateral contacts and exchanged visits,” he added.
He particularly mentioned the “notable advances” made in the domain of bilateral economic and commercial cooperation at the back of a burgeoning trade that had touched the figure of US$ 2.8 billion last year, with Pak exports showing an increase of nearly 76%.
He said a Pakistan – Malaysia Business Council had also been established to facilitate the two-way commerce. “Pakistan has started exporting beef, vegetables and livestock to Malaysia, opening a new window of opportunity for long-term cooperation between the dairy and livestock sectors of two countries,” he added
The High Commissioner while lauding role of Pakistani community in the growth and development of Malaysia said that every Pakistani living in Malaysia was his country’s ambassador and it was binding on them to work diligently for the progress and prosperity of both Pakistan and Malaysia and win hearts and minds of their hosts during their stay in Malaysia.
The representatives of the community, in their speeches, highlighted the significance of the day and paid rich tributes to the founder of Pakistan Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and the leaders of Pakistan movement.
The highlight of the event was a colourful tableau presented by the Pakistani schoolchildren who through their lively skits, songs and acts showcased the rich cultural and social customs of four provinces of Pakistan. A group of Pakistani students enrolled in local universities also enthralled the audience with their melodious live performances and cultural dances representing the diverse culture of Pakistan.
Later, guests were served with Pakistani food delicacies. Widely-circulated Malaysian English Daily New Straits Times published a five-page special supplement in connection with the Pakistan Day to highlight the vast potential, opportunities and incentive packages related to business, trade investment and tourism in Pakistan.
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