Pakistan National Day was celebrated in Pretoria with traditional zeal and fervor. The Day began with a graceful flag hoisting ceremony, to which entire Pakistani community was invited.
The event was attended by a large number of members of Pakistani community. Messages of the President and the Prime Minister of Pakistan were read out at the occasion.
In his remarks, High Commissioner Aftab Hasan Khan highlighted the significance of this historic day in the history of the Muslims of the subcontinent. He said, “23rd March, 1940 was a defining moment in the freedom struggle of the Muslims of the Indo-Pak subcontinent. Today, we pay homage to the founding fathers of Pakistan who showed exemplary prudence, determination and commitment to the Pakistan movement ultimately leading to our Independent and sovereign motherland, Pakistan”.
He urged the Pakistani community to abide by Quaid-e-Azam’s principles of Unity, Faith and Discipline. He paid tribute to the countless sacrifices that Pakistani armed forces, police personnel and ordinary citizens have made for the nation.