ANKARA: The Pakistan Embassy in Turkey’s capital Ankara celebrated the country’s 75th Independence Day on Sunday.
Ambassador Muhammad Syrus Sajjad Qazi raised the national flag to the sound of the national anthem in the presence of Turkish dignitaries, the Pakistani community and the media.
Messages from the President and Prime Minister of Pakistan were read on this occasion.
In their messages, the country’s leaders paid homage to the sacrifices of ancestors and pledged to transform Pakistan in line with the vision of the nation’s founder Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and national poet Allama Muhammad Iqbal.
The leaders also expressed their solidarity with the people of Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir who have faced a military siege for three years and reassured Pakistan’s political, moral and diplomatic support for their legitimate right to self-determination.
Speaking on the event, Qazi congratulated the nation, especially the Pakistani community of Türkiye, on the 75th anniversary of independence.
Qazi said: “August 14 reminds us of the epic democratic struggle of our ancestors to secure a separate homeland for Muslims in the subcontinent where they could live according to their own will.
“It is a day to reiterate the firm resolve to uphold our national values of unity, faith and discipline as envisioned by our Quaid and renew our commitment to the goals of the establishment of Pakistan.”
The Ambassador also thanked the Turkish leadership and people for their congratulatory messages and for participating in Pakistan’s Independence Day celebrations.
Ankara’s landmark, ‘Atakule’, the tallest tower and best-lit building, will showcase messages of brotherhood and solidarity between Pakistan and Turkey.
In addition, Istanbul’s bridges over the Bosphorus linking Asia to Europe will be illuminated tonight in the colors of the Pakistani flag.
On August 14, 1947, the Independent State of Pakistan first appeared on the world stage when the Indian subcontinent was officially divided into two new dominions, India and Pakistan, under the terms of Indian Independence Act, passed by the British Parliament.
The Muslims’ proposal to establish a separate state was accepted on March 23, 1940.