Pakistan independence day celebrated in Romania
The 61st Independence Day was celebrated with traditional fanfare and national fervor by the Pakistani community at the Pakistan residence in Bucharest, Romania on Thursday.
A simple but dignified ceremony started with flag hoisting and special prayers for the development and bright future of Pakistan. The messages of the President and the Prime Minister of Pakistan were read out.
Children, whose first language is Romanian recited Pakistani national songs to mark their love for Pakistan. For the first time, the entire Pakistani community joined the independence celebration with families consisting of Romanians, according to a fax message received here.
Ambassador Sanaullah in his briefing message called upon the community leaders to organize themselves as model Pakistanis to project Pakistani traditions and national culture in a positive and constructive manner.
Praising the rich contributions of overseas Pakistanis towards motherland, he said overseas Pakistanis could truly act as the credible and genuine Ambassadors of Pakistan in their individual capacity.
They must value their contributions and shun factionalism while representing the country, its 5000 year old civilization and divine faith guiding the spirit of our independence, he added.
The Ambassador shared with them the happy news given by the Prime Minister in his independence day address that the overseas Pakistani nationals would soon be given their due democratic rights to cast votes. Serious deliberations towards effecting appropriate changes in electoral laws have been initiated, as told by the Prime Minister.
All participants were introduced to a rich variety of Pakistani cuisine and music as a means to popularize Pakistani way of living a healthy life.