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May 17, 2022

National Day: Independence Day of Pakistan

By Rab Nawaz Khan, Ambassador of the Islamic, Republic of Pakistan to Romania

“Pakistan celebrates its Independence Day on 14 August every year. It was on this day that the country obtained its independence from the British rule in 1947. This year’s celebrations have an added significance since the Independence Day will take place during the holy month of Ramadan.

The day reminds us of the heroic and relentless struggle waged by the people of the Sub-continent for a separate homeland to preserve their national identity under the inspiring and dynamic leadership of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, father of the nation. Pakistan has come a long way during the last 64 years and remains optimistic in the face of daunting challenges.  We have emerged as a strong nation and a vibrant and responsible member of the international community. Pakistan is a proud and resilient nation whose people value their honour and dignity and stand united to sparing no sacrifice to uphold national dignity and honour to safeguard their vital national interests. We firmly believe in the universal values of freedom, dignity, equality, tolerance, humanity, harmony and brotherhood.

The government of Pakistan is determined to make Pakistan a modern, prosperous and progressive    state where people can live according to their beliefs. We have a sustainable democracy, freedom of media, independent judiciary and strategies to deal with challenges of extremism and terrorism. A free powerful and contented nation is the best ally and defense against those who aim to deflect the aspirations and ideals for which Pakistan was created.

On the economic plane, the economy of Pakistan has been undergoing a stabilization process since the last three years. The restoration of macroeconomic stability is important to provide the platform for generating growth, jobs and improving the quality of life of people. Despite the devastating floods during 2010, the adverse impact of intensified security challenges and the rise in oil prices etc. the growth rate of 2.4 per cent registered during financial year 2010-2011 seems reasonable.

On the bilateral front, ever since Pakistan and Romania established diplomatic relations in 1964, the two countries have had friendly and cordial relationship characterized by cooperation at international fora and shared perceptions and understanding on major global and regional issues. Both Pakistan and Romania have a regular consultations mechanism in place, with the next round of consultation scheduled to take place in Islamabad later this year. An ‘Agreement on Scientific, Cultural and Economic Cooperation’ is expected to be signed soon along with some other agreements which are being finalized. Bilateral trade has shown steady growth over the years, even though it is still below its true potential. The Mihai Eminescu monument in Islamabad is a symbol of lasting friendship between the two countries. The twinning project of Iasi and Multan cities is expected to be finalized soon in order to further strengthen the cultural ties. A number of Pakistani professionals are working in Romanian and international companies, besides a sizeable number of Pakistani students are happily pursuing their academic carriers in different Romanian educational institutions. I am confident that our bilateral relations will continue to grow and expand in the years ahead.

Long live Pakistan – Romania Friendship”

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