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Look: Pakistanis in UAE celebrate National Day

Photos: Ryan Lim/ Mohammad Mustafa Khan

Published on March 23, 2021 at 10.57

Messages of Pakistan’s President Arif Alvi, PM Imran Khan, and Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi were read out

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Pakistan Day was observed at the country’s missions in the UAE on Tuesday.
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In Abu Dhabi, the event was inaugurated by Afzaal Mahmood, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UAE, with flag hoisting and playing of the national anthem. Messages of Pakistan’s President Arif Alvi, Prime Minister Imran Khan, and Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi were read out on the occasion.
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The ambassador extended greetings to fellow Pakistanis in the UAE on the occasion.
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“This is the day on which, in 1940, our elders decided to demand a separate homeland where they could lead lives according to their aspirations. The dream came true within a few years when Pakistan emerged on the world map as an independent state on August 14, 1947,” he said.
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“We also pay homage to Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and the martyrs of the Pakistan Movement who laid their lives to secure a better future for us”, he added.
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While acknowledging the contribution made by Overseas Pakistanis towards the progress and prosperity of Pakistan, the Ambassador said that Overseas Pakistanis are a bridge between two brotherly countries.
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“We encourage them to educate both sides on the potential for joint trade, investment, and tourism opportunities which can be explored and exploited in our mutual interests,” said the ambassador.
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He urged Pakistanis to demonstrate utmost responsibility and commitment towards the development of the UAE while serving their own country.

“We'd continue to intensify cooperation with the UAE through closer Government-to-Government and people-to-people contacts,” the ambassador added.
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In Dubai, a flag hoisting ceremony was also organised at the Consulate General of Pakistan.
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Ahmed Amjad Ali, Consul General of Pakistan at the Consulate General of Pakistan, Dubai, performed the flag hoisting ceremony.

“I assure all Pakistanis living in Dubai and Northern Emirates that the Government of Pakistan fully recognizes the potential and important role being played by Pakistani diaspora in the development and progress of Pakistan. Pakistan Consulate General in Dubai will continue to work for the betterment of our community and keep the flag flying high of our beloved country,” said Ahmed Amjad Ali.
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The Pakistani missions in Abu Dhabi and Dubai will remain closed on Tuesday to mark Pakistan Day.
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-waheedabbas@khaleejtimes.com
 
 
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