LAHORE - Pakistan Day was celebrated at the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi with national enthusiasm and fervor. An impressive flag-hoisting ceremony was held in the mission, says a press release of the commission e-mailed to The Nation.

Speaking on the occasion, High Commissioner Abdul Basit said that Pakistan’s creation was no less than a miracle. Within seven years of the Lahore Resolution in 1940, Pakistan, under the sagacious leadership of Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, became a reality.

“Now it is our collective duty to ensure a Pakistan as per the aspirations of the Quaid.” The high commissioner said that all Pakistanis should take great pride in their country as despite heavy odds and several challenges Pakistan had been moving forward and making significant progress in many areas. He added that Pakistan was destined to become a strong country and that the march in that direction had already begun.

On Pakistan-India ties, the high commissioner said Pakistan wanted to have a normal relationship with India on the basis of mutual respect and mutual interest. This was necessary not only for promoting bilateral cooperative relations but also regional integration.

“It is also necessary to resolve all our problems, especially the Jammu & Kashmir dispute so as to put our relations on the irreversible trajectory of peace and prosperity.”

The high commissioner said cooperative relations were also needed to address many common challenges including climate change and poverty. Earlier, Deputy High Commissioner Ubaid-ur-Rehman Nizamani read out messages from the president and the prime minister of Pakistan. Students of the Pakistan High Commission School sang the National Anthem and patriotic songs and presented a tableau highlighting the struggle for the creation of Pakistan.

At the end of the ceremony, Mrs Summiya Basit, wife of the high commissioner, distributed gifts among the students.

A reception was also held at the high commission which was attended by over 1000 Indian guests from all walks of life, as well as members of the diplomatic corps in New Delhi. Pakistan Women’s cricket team was also there.