Green flag hoisted as Pakistanis celebrate Independence Day

August 18, 2014 - News

VAUGHAN — Waving green flags, Pakistani community members from Brampton and Mississauga joined with others from around the GTA yesterday morning to celebrate the nation’s 68th Independence Day at the Diplomatic Mission of Pakistan in Vaughan.
The Consul General of Pakistan hoisted the national green flag in the presence of a large number of Pakistani Canadians, politicians and leaders of the community.
Pakistan came into existence on August 14, 1947, following the partition of British India into the two independent states of India and Pakistan.
“On behalf of all Canadians, I am pleased to extend my best wishes to all those celebrating the anniversary of Pakistan’s independence,” said Prime Minister Stephen Harper in a message. “Canada and Pakistan pursue a range of interests in the context of bilateral relations. People-to-people links between Pakistan and Canada remain strong.”
Harper said Pakistan is among Canada’s top 10 sources of immigrants, and the nation’s large Pakistani-Canadian community — over 155,000 — continues to make significant contributions to the prosperity and vibrancy of Canada.
Every year, millions of Pakistanis across the globe celebrate their nation’s birth anniversary in August to show solidarity, unity and love for their motherland.
“Happy Independence Day!” said Premier Kathleen Wynne by video. “Ontario is fortunate to be home to the largest Pakistani-Canadian community in the country. It is a community that has contributed in helping to create the Ontario we live in with such pride.
“You have strengthened our connection with Pakistan and enriched our cultural landscape,” said Wynne.
The premier thanked the community for its contribution in Ontario’s social, economic and cultural development.
The celebrations started with a flag hoisting ceremony and national anthem, followed by prayers for the progress and stability of Pakistan.
Rich tributes were paid also to the father of the nation, Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, for initiating the Pakistan movement in British India, creating a new country and then changing the map of the world.
“I want to congratulate you on this special occasion,” said Asghar Ali Golo, Consul General of Pakistan in Toronto.
“Because of your hard work and enormous contributions, you have earned a great respect in this important province of Ontario, and Canada. You have proved yourself in all fields and professions — business, arts and culture, media, education as well as politics,” said Golo.
Golo said Canada is one of the world’s a leading multi-cultural state on the surface of the earth and Pakistanis have also played a great role in multi-cultural society.
“I want you to continue to participate in the progress of Canada,” said Golo.
The consul general also praised Pakistan’s Toronto-based veteran musician Sohail Rana for creating history by translating O Canada into Urdu, noting it was the first known time that O Canada has been translated into any other language than English and French.