Pakistan’s national flag was flown at full mast in a flag-hoisting ceremony celebrating the country’s 70th Independence Day of 14th August 1947, here at the Embassy of Pakistan in Beijing, this morning, says a press release received here today from China.

The event was marked by patriotic fervor where the valiant founding fathers of the nation were remembered, and homage was paid to the martyrs of the nation who had given the ultimate sacrifice in the struggle to win and secure independence from subjugation.

The event began with the recitation of verses from the Holy Quran. The Pakistani national flag was raised by Ambassador Masood Khalid to the sound of the national anthem.

The messages of President and Prime Minister of Pakistan were also read out by the Ambassador.

The Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in his message urged [the nation] to remember “all those martyrs. They belong to every segment of the state. They are in every political party. They are in every field of life. They are in every sect. They are in every religion. They are all Pakistanis. They are individuals of one nation. We are paying tributes to all these martyrs. We are presenting salute to their souls….” Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also dedicated this year’s 14th August to the freedom of Kashmir.

The President in his message said: ”We need to initiate the process of correction individually and then from homes and communities to derive more benefits and to ensure that the democratic values take roots at the state, governmental and administrative levels to pave the way for real and meaningful change.”

Ambassador Masood Khalid while addressing the Pakistani community congratulated them on the auspicious occasion and said “today when Independence Day is celebrated and cherished we realize and take pride in being citizens of an independent country. We are the champions of our own destiny and harbinger of a bright future. Our ties with China have grown from strength to strength. The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor heralds prosperity for our future. Let’s pledge that we will fulfill the promise of a better future for the forthcoming generations.”

National songs were sung at the Embassy’s school.  The Ambassador also mingled with the community at the luncheon for the day.