72nd Independence Day celebrated in Tehran

TEHRAN: Pakistan’s 72nd Independence Day was celebrated in Tehran with traditional fervor. An impressive ceremony was held in this morning at the Residence of Ambassador of Pakistan in which a large number of members of Pakistani community from all walks of life participated, says a Press release.
The ceremony commenced with hoisting of the national flag by Ambassador Riffat Masood whilst the children from Pakistan Embassy International School and College, Tehran recited the national anthem.
The messages of the honourable President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Justice (Retd) Nasir-ul-Mulk were read out on this auspicious occasion.
Ambassador Riffat Masood, in her address, extended felicitations to members of the Pakistani community living in Iran on the Independence Day and urged them to renew their pledge to serve their country with dedication.
The Ambassador said that Pakistan was moving on the path of democracy and this is the third parliament being convened. Referring to the oath taking ceremony of the newly elected parliamentarians, she described it as a victory of the people of Pakistan.
She said the participation of youth, women and minorities in the recent elections was high and encouraging, which is a sign of continuation of democratic process in the country.
Referring to the scourge of terrorism and extremism in the country during the past years, she said the anti-terrorism operations of Zarb-e-Azb and Raddul Fassad launched by the armed forces have broken the back of terrorists. She said the law and order situation in the country has also improved.
The Ambassador said the people and the government have joined hands for the progress and development of the country and several mega project are underway which would bring economic stability in Pakistan.
Referring to the Kashmir issue, the Ambassador said Pakistan will not leave the Kashmiri brothers alone and would continue to stand with them extending full support in their just struggle to achieve self-determination.
Saying that several posters have been placed on billboards in Tehran and Mashhad with congratulatory message of Iran’s Supreme leader on the occasion of Pakistan’s Independence Day, the Ambassador described it as a sign of deep Pakistan-Iran friendship.
A group of students from Pakistan Embassy International School and College sung national songs.
The ceremony ended with prayer for peace and prosperity of Pakistan.

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