Call to raise Pakistan’s education standards

Call to raise Pakistan’s education standards

Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UAE addresses 400 community members who had gathered at the embassy in Abu Dhabi to celebrate Pakistan Day.

By Staff Reporter

Published: Tue 25 Mar 2014, 12:33 AM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 8:38 PM

Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UAE, Asif Ali Durrani, has called for the need to raise Pakistan’s education standards in order to prepare the coming generation to compete in the world.

Pakistani school students waving the national flag at the Pakistan Embassy in Abu Dhabi. — KT photo by Nezar Balout

He was addressing about 400 community members who had gathered at the embassy in Abu Dhabi to celebrate Pakistan Day on March 23 when their forefathers had resolved to demand an independent homeland in 1940.

Durrani added that the 1.2 million Pakistanis living in the UAE make a significant contribution to the nation’s development by remitting over $3 billion per annum. He urged them to rely on banking channels to enhance the remittance levels and further assist Pakistan’s economic progress.

The Pakistan Day celebrations were marked with flag-hoisting ceremonies, paying tribute to the forefathers for their freedom struggle and resolving to work for the country’s advancement.

Waving national flags, dozens of students from Pakistani schools sang popular national songs. Messages from Mamnoon Hussain, President of Pakistan, and Nawaz Sharif, Prime Minister were read out.

Durrani said the leadership of both the UAE and Pakistan was finding new ways to strengthen bilateral relations. He said: “Our brotherly relations will deepen.” The ambassador added that the UAE has supported Pakistan on every issue and vice versa.

At the Consulate in Dubai, Consul General Javed Jalil Khattak hoisted the national flag. Cake cutting ceremonies were also held to commemorate the day. Ceremonies at both the venues began with recitation of verses from the Holy Quran.

Meanwhile, an art exhibition by Pakistani artists is being held until March 26 to commemorate Pakistan’s long standing relationship with the UAE. The event is also part of Pakistan’s National Day celebrations.

Prime Minister’s Special Envoy Ambassador Javed Malik, who is organising the event, said the concept of ‘The Art of Friendship’ was launched in 2010 through which Pakistanis in the UAE celebrate important days in Pakistan’s national calendar.

“I see art and culture as important mediums of diplomacy and communication that connect our people through creative dialogue,” he said.

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