PR No. 140 Islamabad

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has lauded the role of the Pakistani community in the development and progress of the United Kingdom including Scotland. She was speaking at a community reception held in Glasgow to celebrate Pakistan’s 70th Independence Day. The First Minister congratulated all Pakistanis on their day of celebration conveying her best wishes for the progress and prosperity of Pakistan, says a press release received here today from Glasgow.

Consul General Syed Ahsan Raza Shah gave the welcome address on the occasion which was also attended by leaders of all main Scottish Political Parties, besides the Commander 51st Infantry brigade and Headquarters Scotland, Chief Constable of Scotland and the Lord Advocate.

Earlier in the day more than 400 Scotland based Pakistanis from all walks of life attended the flag hoisting ceremony held at the Consulate of Pakistan in Glasgow. Scottish Minister for Transport Humza Yousaf, Glasgow’s Mayor Frank McAveety and other local dignitaries, elected representatives including Member of the House of Lords Baroness Nosheena Mubarik, Councillors, religious leaders, imams and local businessmen also attended the flag hoisting ceremony and the reception hosted by the Consulate that followed.

Consul General Syed Ahsan Raza Shah hoisted the national flag. Messages of President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif were read out on the occasion.

The Scottish Minister for External Affairs and International Development in his address congratulated all Pakistanis on their Independence day and wished a bright and prosperous future for Pakistan. He paid especially rich tributes to the visionary leadership of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Leader of the Glasgow City Council Frank McAveety also spoke on the occasion and congratulated all Pakistanis on the auspicious occasion.

Prayers for the progress, prosperity and solidarity of Pakistan; and in honour and recognition of the sacrifices rendered by the armed forces towards eradicating the menace of terrorism and for the security of the country, were offered on the occasion.