Islamabad, March 29, 2013 (PPI-OT): The 73rd anniversary of the resolution seeking a separate homeland, Pakistan, for Muslims of the sub-continent, was celebrated here on Thursday with zeal and fervour. A large number of guests including senior Indonesian officials, parliamentarians, members of the diplomatic corps, business icons, socialites, Pakistani community and media attended the reception, says a press release received here today from Indonesia.
Chief Guest of the National Day reception, Indonesian Minister for Communication and Information Technology, Tifatul Sembiring in his address went on to say that Indonesia would continue to maintain good relations with Pakistan through cooperation aimed at optimizing business opportunities.
“I hope that bilateral ties are getting stronger and we are able to work together to face the challenges because no country alone can solve its problems”. The Minister said Pakistan had contributed tremendously toward socio-cultural as well as political development in the South Asian region. He wished all Pakistanis, a very happy National Day.
Pakistan Ambassador Sanaullah in his address apprised the audience that recently, the democratic government, for the first time, completed its full 5-year constitutional tenure in Pakistan. Credit goes to the entrenched democratic norms, mindset and commitments of the political parties, independent judiciary, and fiercely competitive electronic media.
He further said, let us not forget the glowing role of the Armed Forces to fortify democratic institutions. The armed forces helped the civilian government to combat terrorists, discourage non-state actors to use Pakistani territory against neighbours; and also lent the necessary weight to reinforce our sovereignty violated by drones and associated activities.
The Ambassador said that Pakistan is now in an election mode. Interim governments have been installed at all levels with the sole purpose of ensuring free and fair elections. International observers are welcome to monitor the transparency process before, during and after voting. The Ambassador also recalled the profound sacrifices of the forefathers for providing us a new country.
The Ambassador further said, “Our multilateral co-operation has been instrumental in expanding mutually beneficial commercial deals involving investments in traditional and non-traditional sectors. We remain grateful to Indonesia, its government, its formal or informal leadership and people for support and friendship we have received in the past and continue to have it today and in future too”.
Later, Minister for Information Technology, Tifatul Sembiring and Ambassadors from ECO countries and the Ambassador of Bosnia Herzegovina as a special guest joined Ambassador Sanaullah to perform the cake cutting, marking the national day celebrations. More than 30 international as well as local commercial organizations sent huge flower planks which lined the pavement leading to the venue of the reception. Also, some local Ministers sent congratulatory messages to the Ambassador. During the reception, documentary films and national songs were played to introduce Pakistani culture.
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