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Catholic Bishops’ Conference – Pakistan organize Pakistan Day celebrations

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The National Commission for Interreligious Dialogue and Ecumenism (Catholic Bishops’ Conference – Pakistan) organized a ceremony in order to celebrate Pakistan Day. A joint venture of Christian and Muslim children was the highlight of the event while the organizer advised these children to nurture peace and harmony.

Pakistan Day celebrated by Pakistani Christians

In observance of Pakistan Day, little children presented tableau. Holding Pakistani flags in their hands and singing patriotic songs they expressed love for their country and an urge for harmony. They were also holding placards with special messages of peace and harmony at national level. Through their performances they illustrated need to promote interfaith harmony and restoration of peace in the country.

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Addressing those present, Father Nadeem OFM Cap, Executive Secretary of National Commission for Inter-religious Dialogue and Ecumenism appreciated the efforts of these children and advised them to uphold and promote unity and harmony not only within their families but also in their neighborhoods and society.

Pakistan Day is observed to commemorate the passing of Lahore Resolution on March 23, 1940. Lahore Resolution is considered a major milestone in the struggle for an independent state in undivided India. Lahore’s Minar-e-Pakistan (Pakistan Minaret) stands tall, in Iqbal Park venerates the Lahore Resolution. The monument is constructed where the Lahore Resolution was passed.

Pakistan Day celebrations started with a joint military parade at the Parade Ground near the Shakarparian hills in the capital. After recitation of Holy Quran the national anthem was played. President Mamnoon Hussain observed the parade from a jeep. On this occasion Premier Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Defence Minister Khurrum Dastagir and a large number of diplomats from several other countries also attended this ceremony. Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena graced the ceremony as chief guest.

Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan, Naval Chief Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi and Chairman Joint Chief of Staff Committee Zubair Mehmood Hayat were also present at the ceremony. Contingents of Pakistan Army, Pakistan Air Force, and Pakistan Navy held a march-past. On this occasion Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan led a fly-past as a salute to the President.

Observing Pakistan Day, special prayers services were held in churches across the country, and prayers for peace and progress of the country were also offered. Pakistan Day celebration ceremonies are being held throughout the country, as the nation celebrates the day with customary zeal.