The Pakistan High Commission and the Pakistani community in Sri Lanka celebrated Pakistan's 68th Independence Day yesterday (Aug. 14) with traditional fervor and resolve to make Pakistan a strong, dynamic progressive tolerant and democratic Islamic welfare state.
Pakistan's High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Maj. Gen. (Retd) Qasim Qureshi hoisted Pakistan's national flag at the ceremony at the Pakistan High Commission in Colombo yesterday.
High Commissioner Maj. Gen. (Retd) Qureshi said Pakistan and Sri Lanka enjoy exceptionally cordial and friendly ties.
The historical and cultural links between our two peoples date back to the time when the Indus Valley and Gandhara Civilizations prospered in what is now Pakistan. This exemplary relationship having depth, breadth and diversity serves as a beacon for other countries of South Asia, he said.
We continue to nurture our mutually beneficial relations in diverse fields. Exploring ways to broaden as well as deepen the economic ties, through enhancement of trade and bilateral investments, within the framework of the Free Trade Agreement, remains our top most priority.
Both our countries face significant challenges, at the same time we have tremendous opportunities. This mutuality provides a wide canvas for both countries to help and support each other, in order to jointly overcome challenges and maximize opportunities," the High Commissioner said. The messages of the President and the Prime Minster of Pakistan were also read.
Members of the Pakistani community based in Sri Lanka and High Commission officials also participated.