KARACHI - US Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter has said that Pakistan and the US share common goals and ideals. This he said while speaking at a grand ceremony to commemorate the 235th Anniversary of USA Independence held at US Consul Generals house here. The Independence Days festive celebration ceremony was attended by Acting Governor of Sindh Nisar Ahmed Khuhro, Speaker Balochistan Assembly Aslam Bhotani, federal and provincial ministers, leaders of major political parties including PPP, MQM, PML-N, PML-F, nationalists, foreign diplomats, writers and civil society activists. The USA marines handed over the flags of country and force to the ambassador at a grand ceremony. He said, We are very proud of our founders. Those brave patriots championed those rights 235 years ago. And I hope that together we can leave a legacy of freedom and opportunity to generations to come. He paid tribute to the US-Pakistan friendship, saying it is the day of reaffirmation of the friendship. He opined that it was day of honouring the men and women who served the two nations and the common democratic ideals they share. Cameron Munter quoted Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah saying that after independence every one is free; all the citizens are equal in the eyes of the state. The US also shares freedom for its citizens, which was dreamed by Pakistans founder, he added. Munter said Pakistan was faced with extremism, which murdered Benazir Bhutto, Punjab governor Salman Taseer, minister for minorities affairs Shahbaz Bhatti and journalist Saleem Shahzad. He said the US and Pakistan would jointly combat the increasing extremism and militancy. Acting Governor Sindh Nisar Ahmed Khuhro while congratulating the US on its Independence said that both the countries shared common ideas of promoting democracy, human values and combating terrorism. He said the US and the world acknowledged the sacrifices of Pakistan in war against terrorism. He said that war against terrorism was Pakistans own war. Speaker Balochistan Assembly Aslam Bhotani said that Pakistan and US believed in democracy. He said that instead of raising questions over the role of Pakistan, the US should consider the reasons of terrorism. US Consul General William Martin also spoke on the occasion.