On the occasion of the 76th Independence Day of Pakistan, Ambassador Muhammad Ayub has the following words to say:
“This momentous occasion reminds us of the countless sacrifices of our forefathers who laid down their lives and immigrated to the newly-established country in 1947.
“At the same time, it spurs us to contribute the best of our abilities to the socio-economic development of Pakistan through the combined efforts of our people based in Pakistan and abroad.
“Last year, Pakistan witnessed above-normal rainfall, defying some of the historically high records of precipitation and one of the worst floods that left millions of our people in an unprecedented crisis.
“There was massive loss of life and property, and the agriculture sector was also severely hit by the flash floods.
“Despite these turbulent and testing times, the prudent policies of the present government resulted in stable economic growth for Pakistan, besides their continued endeavours for rescue, rehabilitation and rebuilding of the worst affected areas and communities.
“On today’s joyous occasion, I would also like to highlight the bilateral relations between the friendly countries of Pakistan and the Kingdom of Bahrain.
“The Pakistani community in Bahrain is the third largest community, and more than 120,000 Pakistani citizens are contributing to the socio-economic development of both countries.
“Pakistani engineers, healthcare professionals, fintech experts, and defence personnel serving in Bahrain’s public and private sectors are our pride and strength.
“Tracing our historical bilateral relations, Pakistan was one of the first countries in South Asia that established diplomatic ties with Bahrain. It was also one of the first countries to establish diplomatic missions here formally in 1971.
“Our bilateral relations have been on an upward trajectory in all fields of co-operation.
“We may also proudly mention that Pakistani families started living in this land of peace and harmony long before we had our own motherland. This tradition and historical ties are even stronger today.
“The Bahraini leadership and people have always stood by their Pakistani brethren in all the testing times.
“The co-operation and collaboration are ongoing through high-level visits and exchanges.
“As we hoist our national flag to mark Independence Day today, we must reiterate the firm resolve to sustain and uphold our national values of unity, faith and discipline as envisioned and practised by our founding father, Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
“We have surmounted monumental national challenges during our history to rise as a united, peaceful and resilient nation.
“Like our past, we will overcome all obstacles with our characteristic determination, resilience, unity and firm resolve and come out stronger as a nation, and more prosperous than ever.”