Aug 14, Colombo: The High Commission of Pakistan and the Pakistani community in Sri Lanka celebrated the 65th Independence Day of Pakistan with traditional fervor and resolve to make Pakistan a strong, dynamic progressive tolerant and democratic Islamic welfare state, a press release issued by the Pakistani High Commission in Colombo said.
The High Commissioner of Pakistan in Sri Lanka, Ms. Seema Ilahi Baloch hoisted the national flag of Pakistan in an auspicious ceremony held at Pakistan High Commission here this morning to mark the occasion. Later, the messages of the President and the Prime Minister of Pakistan were read out to the participants.
The High Commissioner of Pakistan in her message on the occasion said Pakistans relations with Sri Lanka have remained cordial and cooperative throughout.
“Links between our two peoples and cultures date back to the time when the Indus Valley Civilization, the Gandhara civilizations and the Buddhist culture had prospered in what is now Pakistan. Both countries have made persevering efforts to build on these solid foundations and further strengthen the bonds of friendship and cooperation. It said.
Ms. Baloch expressed optimism that the future is promising for the two nations.
“As Pakistan grapples successfully with some significant challenges, its direction and course ahead is solidly defined as a progressive, moderate, tolerant and prosperous society. Following consistent economic performance over the last five years, despite the odds, there is hope for the future,” the statement said.
Members of various diplomatic Missions, prominent Sri Lankan personalities and Pakistani community in Sri Lanka from various walks of life including a large section of media attended the ceremony.