On the occasion of the Independence Day anniversary of Pakistan, the President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Dr Arif Alvi had the following to say:
“On the joyous occasion of the 75th anniversary of Pakistan’s Independence, I extend my heartiest felicitations to the entire nation.
“This day reminds us of the innumerable sacrifices rendered by our Founding Fathers under the dynamic leadership of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah for carving this homeland ‘Pakistan’ for us.
“Today, we also reaffirm our resolve to uphold Pakistan’s ideology and make Pakistan an ideal modern Islamic welfare nation-state.
“This year, we are also celebrating the Diamond Jubilee of our independence and in this regard various ceremonies are being organised across the country to mark this propitious occasion.
“The aim of these events is to educate and create awareness among our people, especially the Pakistani youth, about the significance of national solidarity, Pakistan’s ideology and the Freedom Movement.
“I would like to commend the efforts of all stakeholders in organising events to commemorate this historic moment.
“On the occasion of this Diamond Jubilee, there is a dire need to assess our successes and failures. In our 75 years of history, we successfully overcame various challenges.
“We not only emerged as a nuclear power but also defeated the menace of terrorism.
“In the recent past, we successfully managed the Covid-19 pandemic.
“On this historic day, we pay homage to those personnel of our armed forces and law enforcement agencies who had laid their lives for the defence, security and safety of our motherland.
“We also appreciate our workers, labourers, women, youth, the business community, minorities and all those who have played their role in the development and progress of our country.
“Although today’s Pakistan is facing challenges on the economic front, I strongly believe that our nation will overcome these challenges with its proven commitment, determination and patriotism as well as with hard work, unity, discipline, mutual harmony and solidarity.
“In the end, I urge the entire nation to remain steadfast and work wholeheartedly for the development and progress of our country as well as the prosperity of our people.
“We need to remain united to overcome financial, economic and security challenges faced by the country.
“Let us pledge that we will remain steadfast to render any sacrifice for the dignity and self-respect of our people and greatness and glory of our beloved homeland.