WASHINGTON - In a message marking Pakistan’s Independence day, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has renewed United States’ support for “a stable and secure Pakistan for generations to come.”

The message said, “On behalf of President (Barack) Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to the government and people of Pakistan as you celebrate the anniversary of your independence this August 14. Since 1947, Pakistan faced immense challenges to build upon the democratic ideals of your country’s founders. Today, we take time to honour your sacrifices and renew our support for a stable and secure Pakistan for generations to come.

“(Quaid-e-Azam) Muhammad Ali Jinnah dreamt of a vibrant, self-reliant Pakistan – a goal we all share. As Muslims around the world reflect upon the meaning of community and sacrifice during this holy month of Ramazan, the United States celebrates the hardworking Pakistanis who strive to fulfil Jinnah’s vision of a stable, secure, and prosperous Pakistan.”