Colombo, August 14: The High Commission of Pakistan in Sri Lanka held a colourful flag-hoisting ceremony to mark the 73rdIndependence Day, at the High Commission’s premises here on 14th August 2019.
Joined by the Pakistani community and dignitaries from different walks of life, the High Commissioner Maj. Gen. (R) Dr. Shahid Ahmad Hashmat hoisted the national flag to celebrate the day. Messages from the President and the Prime Minister of Pakistan were read out to the audience, a release from the Pakistan High Commission said on Wednesday.
The High Commissioner, on the occasion, said that Pakistan is a peace-loving country which was created with enormous sacrifices. He added that Pakistan has always supported peace and stability, especially in South Asia.
He said that the Government of Pakistan has decided to observe this year’s Independence Day, as Kashmir Solidarity Day to express Pakistan’s moral, political and diplomatic support to Kashmiris.
On Sri Lanka-Pakistan relations, the High Commissioner said that Pakistan attaches great importance to its relations with Sri Lanka, which are based on mutual respect, understanding and close cooperation. He further said that Pakistan has always extended unconditional support to Sri Lanka at all fora and continue to do so, especially with regard to Sri Lanka’s national security and territorial integrity.
(The featured image at the top shows Pakistan High-Commissioner Dr. Shahid Ahmad Hashmat speaking on the day)